That’s How It Used to Be – Or Was It? -thematic tour

Robert Wilhelm Ekman: Pentti Lyytinen recites poems in a cottage in Savo, 1848. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis

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? The past is linked to the present. Whose history is portrayed in art? What is it like? What kind of Finnish identity do these pictures promote? What was attention-getting contemporary art a hundred years ago?

Artworks may also be linked to current advertising and media imageries, and themes of cultural identity and roots may be discussed. What was cultural pluralism then and now?
Recommendation: All grades.

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

Bookings: Finnish National Gallery Service Sales by e-mail: sales@fng.fi or by telephone: +358 (0)294 500 500 (open Mon – Fri 10:00 – 14:00 – time zone UTC+2).

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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