Artists and Their Environment: Nature and the City -thematic tour

Ferdinand von Wright: The Fighting Capercaillies, 1886. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis

Over the years, artists have depicted both nature and the built environment in their work. This tour focuses on landscape painting, the impact of international ideals on conceptions of the landscape, and also artists’ interpretations of the urban environment. What is the role of the environment in art?

What does it mean, to say that the landscape is a state of mind? Have media images or artworks affected the formation of or change in the students’ ideas of nature? Has it happened through observation or by creating art?
Recommendation: All grades.

Pre-party and afterparty: assignments for before and after the museum visit

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Show these pictures to your students before the visit to ensure that you will come across at least some works they are familiar with!

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Magnus Enckell exhibition at the Ateneum – 150 years since the versatile artist’s birth

  A major exhibition of works by the painter Magnus Enckell (1870–1925) will be shown on the third floor of the Ateneum Art Museum, from 23 October 2020 to 14 February 2021. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the work of one of…

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