Stories of Finnish Art

Stories of Finnish Art - Ateneum's collection display. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

The collections exhibition presents classics with a twist

The Ateneum Art Museum has the country’s oldest and largest art collection. The collections exhibition presents well-loved classics alongside seldom-exhibited works of art. It draws new parallels and highlights works that have not been on show for a long time.

Location: the ground floor and the second floor

Galleries 15–17 closed 25 nov 2019–24 jan 2020

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 features 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 are exhibited on a regularly changing basis. The exhibition also includes Eino Ruutsalo’s experimental films and advertisements.

Read more about the themes of the exhibition

GALLERIES 15–17 CLOSED FOR LIGHTING RENOVATION, 25 NOV 2019–24 JAN 2020

The Stories of Finnish Art exhibition will, in 2019 and 2020, be affected by renovation of the lighting, and some of the exhibition galleries will be closed. Exhibition galleries 15 (Symbolism), 16 (Kalevala) and 17 (People) will be closed to the public for renovation, from 25 November 2019 to 24 January 2020. More information about the renovation schedule and the exhibition galleries affected will be provided as work progresses. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Guided tours to the exhibition

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Book a private guided tour or an exhibition intro

Events

See events related to the exhibition at the events calendar

Short films

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. 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

Artists of the Ateneum series
Helene Schjerfbeck The book at the webshop
Hugo Simberg The book at the webshop
Akseli Gallen-Kallela The book at the webshop

For schools

Read more about the themed guided tours

 

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.

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