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Portrait of President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, 2017. Finnish state. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Portrait of the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, 2017

The portrait of President Sauli Niinistö is a collective artwork made up of a hundred smaller works created by as many artists. Among the creators are sculptors, printmakers and visual, photographic, video and performance artists, all of whom belong to the younger generation of artists who work or have worked in Finland. All artists were free to create their own segment of the portrait without knowing how the others would approach the task.

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Ragnar Ekelund: Building Site, c. 1929. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Antell. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jukka Romu

Fantastico! Italian art from the 1920s and 1930s

Fantastico! explores an artistic movement known as magic realism, which emerged in Italy at the end of the First World War. The works exhibited are characterised by silence and a mysterious atmosphere, and the conflict between reality and the world of dreams. The depictions of everyday life seem to reveal a hidden side of existence. The exhibition features masterpieces by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carrà, Felice Casorati, Antonio Donghi and Cagnaccio di San Pietro.

 

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Adel Abidin: Arkisto, 2018. Taiteilijan omistuksessa. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jenni Nurminen

Adel Abidin: History Wipes

History Wipes will present video installations and sculptures by the contemporary artist Adel Abidin (born 1973, Baghdad, Iraq). Some of these works are completely new, while others have been created in recent years. The works by the internationally recognised artist deal with the painful aspects of our history and human existence in an increasingly unstable world.

 

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Fanny Churberg: Kaski, maisema Uudeltamaalta, 1872. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo, kok. Ahlström. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jukka Romu

The Ateneum Collection on Tour

The exhibition will be on show at the


Rovaniemi Art Museum

6 January – 23 April 2017

Oulu Museum of Art
13 May – 17 September 2017

Kuopio Art Museum
6 October 2017 – 4 March 2018

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Ferdinand von Wright: Haminalahden puutarhassa, n. 1856-57. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria

The von Wright Brothers

The artist brothers Magnus, Wilhelm and Ferdinand von Wright are known as painters of portraits, landscapes, and nature subjects, especially birds, and as creators of scientific illustrations of flora and fauna. New contemporary works by Sanna Kannisto and Jussi Heikkilä complement this colourful major exhibition.

The von Wright Brothers exhibition is part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

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Treasures from the National Gallery of Duckburg. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Treasures from the National Gallery of Duckburg

For the first time, masterpieces from the National Gallery of Duckburg are exhibited outside their hometown! After years of negotiations with the prudent gallery, this rare honour has been accorded to the Ateneum Art Museum in celebration of Finland’s 100 years of independence. Gems of Duckburgian art will be shown alongside works from the Ateneum collection at the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition.

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Helene Schjerfbeck: Toipilas, 1888. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen

Classics on tour 2017

The Ateneum’s most beloved classics – Helene Schjerfbeck’s The Convalescent (1888) and Eero Järnefelt’s Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893) – toured eleven Finnish art museums, as part of Finland’s centenary year celebrations.

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Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form -exhibition. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen

Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is the most internationally famous Finnish architect and designer. The exhibition opens up new perspectives into Aalto’s life and work. The comprehensive exhibition illustrates how Aalto’s organic design idiom developed in interaction with contemporary visual artists.

Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form exhibition is a part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

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Light Changes Everything – the Tuomo Seppo Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Light Changes Everything – The Tuomo Seppo Collection

The Kajaani-based French and English teacher Tuomo Seppo (born 1937) has dedicated his entire life to collecting Finnish art. Seppo has decided to donate his collection of almost 2,000 works to the Ateneum Art Museum, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery. The exhibition covers the period from the early 20th century to the 2010s.

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Lennart Segerstråle. Photo: Ateneum Art Museum / Anna Kari

Lennart Segerstråle

The heirs of the painter and graphic artist Lennart Segerstråle (1892–1975) donated 18 paintings and 24 prints by Segerstråle to the Ateneum Art Museum in November 2016. Six of these paintings will be on display in hall 33. The donated works represent modernist political painting, which is quite rare in Finnish art.

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Tuulikki Pietilä exhibition. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Tuulikki Pietilä

Tuulikki Pietilä (1917–2009) is one of key Finnish graphic artists of the post-Second World War period. This exhibition will present an overview of the extensive body of work by the experimental and technically versatile artist, in honour of the centenary of her birth. The Pietilä collection, bequeathed to the Ateneum, includes almost all the artist’s works.

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Exhibition Amedeo Modigliani. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Amedeo Modigliani

A retrospective exhibition of the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) will be on display at the Ateneum, starting from 28 October 2016. Modigliani, who died on the verge of fame at the early age of 35, is one of the most interesting artists in modern art today.

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Eero Järnefelt: Kesäyön kuu, 1889. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Antti Kuivalainen

Landscape

Nature appreciation took on a new cast in early 19th century romanticism. Art would henceforth convey the beauty and magnificence of nature’s views.

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Kaarina Kaikkonen: Valon paino, 2016. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jenni Nurminen

Kaarina Kaikkonen

Sculptor Kaarina Kaikkonen created two commissioned works that were displayed at the Ateneum Art Museum courtyard and the small park facing Keskuskatu. Known for her spatial installations, Kaikkonen was the first to feature in a new series of works for the Ateneum courtyard by contemporary artists. Works by Kaikkonen, who is one of Finland’s best-known contemporary artists, have been exhibited to great critical acclaim both in Finland and abroad. The works were on display free of charge.

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Exhibition Alice Neel - Painter of Modern Life. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Alice Neel

Alice Neel (1900–1984) was one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century. Her psychologically charged portraits tell intimate and unconventional stories, as much about people living on the margins of society and in subcultures as about the New York cultural elite and her own family. Alice Neel led an exceptionally interesting life as a single parent and a feminist in a time when the world of art was largely male-dominated.

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Exhibition The Great Rider. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

The Great Rider

A small-scale exhibition on the third floor of the Ateneum Art Museum will feature Italian prints and works by Finnish female sculptors. The prints are part of the extensive Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection of Italian art, donated to the museum. The sculptures by the Finnish female artists can be seen to draw inspiration from Italian sculpture.

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Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875–1918. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen

Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875–1918

The opening up of Japan to the rest of the world in the 1860s created great interest in Japanese culture, and collecting Japanese art and objects was in vogue. This left a strong mark in arts, design, crafts and fashion. The Eastern conception of art arrived in the Nordic countries and made an indelible impression on artists of all fields.

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Auguste Rodin: Danaidi, 1885, this marble 1889. Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Janne Mäkinen

Auguste Rodin

Ateneum brings to Finland an exhibition of work by probably the world’s best-known sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917).

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

The autumn season at Ateneum will feature French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), considered the father of photoreportage. Ateneum’s retrospective exhibition will include almost 300 photographs, archive material and films relating the story of this star of international photographic art. The exhibition is presented together with Magnum Photos and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation (Paris).

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Pekka Halonen 150 years

Ateneum Art Museum is devoting two rooms to the celebration of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s and Pekka Halonen’s jubilee year. Visitors can delve into Gallen-Kallela’s and Halonen’s artistic careers through seven works each.

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The Magic North - National Mythologies. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

The Magic North

Finnish and Norwegian art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was strongly influenced by Symbolism. Instead of the real world, artists were inspired by myths, legends and the direct relationships between people and nature.

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8 Exposures – New Views on Tapio Wirkkala. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

8 Exposures – New Views on Tapio Wirkkala

Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) was a leading figure in modern Finnish applied art, and his glass, ceramic, wood and silver objects charmed international design circles in the 1950s and 1960s, while laying the foundation for the triumphs of Finnish design.

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Ismo Hölttö -näyttely. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen

Ismo Hölttö

Photographer Ismo Hölttö (born 1940) documented Finns in their own living environments in the 1960s and ‘70s. A goldsmith, Hölttö photographed in his home town Helsinki whenever he could. He developed into a technically skilled and visionary artist at the Helsinki Camera Club. Hölttö also travelled extensively in Finland, capturing with his camera, the lives of people living in remote areas and the Finnish Roma minority among others. In the early 1970s he opened his own studio, where he worked for the next three decades.

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