Through My Travels I Found Myself

Helene Schjerfbeck: Girls Reading (1907). Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.

Helene Schjerfbeck

The exhibition describes how Helene Schjerfbeck became Helene, and how a talented student grew into one of the most influential artists in our history. The exhibition focuses specifically on Schjerfbeck’s years of travel, during which she stayed in Paris, Pont-Aven in northern France, Fiesole in Italy, and St Ives in England at the end of the 19th century.


What was the importance of travel for her work and working methods – and how did it influence her art when she returned to her home country? The exhibition also includes works that have not previously been shown in Finland.

The works in the exhibition include landscapes, still lifes, and depictions of people who were important to the artist. The exhibition also includes 16 of Schjerfbeck’s self-portraits from the period between 1884 and 1945, presented in a chronological order, which makes for an interesting viewing experience. In total, the exhibition features more than 130 paintings, drawings and sketchbooks.

An exhibition of works by Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) will be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until 27 October 2019. The exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Schjerfbeck’s work in the UK. The exhibition that Finns get to see at the Ateneum will be more than twice the size of the one staged in London. It is curated by Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, chief curator at the Ateneum.

Read more from the exhibition’s press release

Guided Tours

Get more out of your exhibition visit by ordering a guided tour or an exhibition intro!

For groups
During exhibition intro, a guide presents both exhibitions in the museum auditorium with the help of audiovisual materials. Guided tours for this exhibition are held outside museum’s opening hours. Read more about private tours and exhibition intros

For individuals
Free exhibition intros in English are on even-numbered weeks on Sundays at 12:00.


Helene Schjerfbeck lecture: Jeremy Lewison
Sat 16 Nov, 12:00 Ateneum Hall. The Mirror and the Mask. In English. Read more

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Press releases

Handrail renovation starts on 7 October 2019

We are improving the safety of the main stairwell at the Ateneum. Handrails, located approximately 90 cm from the wall, will be built on both sides of the main staircase and part of the side staircases. The new handrails will be more accessible than…

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