Stories of Finnish Art illustrates the development of art in Finland from 1809 until the 1970s. At the exhibition, the story of Finnish art is juxtaposed with international developments in art and contemporary social events. On display, side by side, are Finnish and international masterpieces from our collections, such as Le Corbusier’s Two Women (1939), Hugo Simberg’s The Wounded Angel (1903), Edvard Munch’s Bathing Men (1907–08), and Vincent van Gogh’s Street in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890).
The works on display in the halls of modern art highlight the post-Second World War reconstruction period and the emergent media society. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures and prints by Finnish and foreign artists such as Anitra Lucander, Unto Pusa, Ulla Rantanen, Anita Snellman and Sam Vanni. Prints by foreign artists will be exhibited on a regularly changing basis. The exhibition will also include Eino Ruutsalo’s experimental films and advertisements.
The letters, sketchbooks, postcards and photographs on display in the archive hall vividly illustrate the daily lives of the artists. The dense, salon exhibition style recalls the history of the building, going back more than a century.
Season’s featured artist (Albert Edelfelt’s Parisienne Reading from 29 January 2019 onwards)
GALLERY 12 (NEW EXPRESSION) CLOSED FROM 2 APRIL TO 16 MAY 2019
We are improving the accessibility of the main gallery! A lift will be installed next to the staircase leading from the main gallery to the adjacent galleries. The new lift will make the main gallery of the Stories of Finnish Art accessible from the other levels of the exhibition. The lift will be installed in gallery 12 (New Expression), which will be closed from 2 April to 16 May. We apologise for the occasional noise caused by the renovation.
Guided tours to the exhibition
See events related to the exhibition at the events calendar
Ateneum has produced 13 short films of the most beloved artworks of its collection. Watch the films
Ateneum Art Gate
There is also a virtual version of the main gallery available, which you can check out using your mobile device in the Ateneum courtyard next to the museum shop. Read more
Books related to the exhibition
The exhibition publication, Stories of Finnish Art, contains 16 articles by art experts as well as five short stories based on the collection. They are written by Riikka Ala-Harja, Juha Itkonen, Heidi Köngäs, Sirpa Kähkönen and Matti Rönkä. The book at the webshop
Exhibition is supported by Dai Nippon Printing Co Ltd (DNP).
NOTE! Its status as a national gallery requires the Ateneum Art Museum to lend its works to other museums in Finland and abroad, and this is one of the reasons why the selection of works on display in Ateneum varies to some extent.