Thematic Tours

Dear teacher,

Welcome to the new collection exhibition in Ateneum Art Museum! We have six thematic tours of the exhibition that are based on the educational goals of the museum and those of the basic education curriculum in Finnish schools. The tours were created in cooperation with educationalists and museum guides.

The content of the tours are presented on this website. Each presentation of a theme includes a portfolio of images that allows you to study some of the works under the theme prior to or after the museum visit.

We also suggest that you study the materials in the preparty and afterparty package. With its hints, questions and assignments you can easily prepare for the guided tour of the exhibition in advance and continue discussing the visit afterwards in class. The materials in the package can also be used in connection with broader subject areas and multi-subject practices in school.

The tours take a deeper look at selected works in the exhibition. The guides will encourage students to make careful observations and discuss what they have seen and thought. The aim is to make the visit inspiring, rewarding and fun! The themes of the guided tours include internationality, multiculturality and the impact of the ideals and ideologies of different historical periods on the development of art. All themes are presented in way that is appropriate for the age of the students.

An art museum is an interactive learning environment in which the visitor faces a particular spatial experience as well as works of art in a social context. A school group learns and experiences things together.

You can also visit the museum with your group unprepared, but the tours are more rewarding if you study the themes and works at school beforehand, thereby setting yourselves in the right mood. It does pay off – it is a great feeling to come across a picture that you already know from class.

Welcome to Ateneum!

Ateneum Public Programmes Team

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Learning goals of guided tours in Ateneum and the connection of the tours to the basic education curriculum

Preparty and afterparty materials

Hugo Simberg: Haavoittunut enkeli, 1903. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo, kok. Ahlström. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen

The Story of Finnish Art

This is the ‘basic’ tour of the exhibition. It focuses on the concept of the art museum and the history of Finnish art and artists as seen through the Ateneum art collections. Historical events are discussed as well as changes in visual culture over a period of more than a hundred years.

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Robert Wilhelm Ekman: Pentti Lyytinen lukee runojaan savolaisessa pirtissä, 1848. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Yehia Eweis

That’s How It Used to Be – Or Was It?

Using works from the Ateneum collections, the tour examines what life was ‘back then’, exploring conceptions of time as well as styles of art and values in different periods. A special focus is on the question: Is the picture true?

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