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

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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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František Kupka’s major international exhibition at the Ateneum starting in February

From 22 February to 19 May 2019, the Ateneum Art Museum will present an exhibition of works by František Kupka (1871–1957), the Czech pioneer of abstract art. Kupka’s art has been described as “modern poetry of colour”. This major international exhibition will feature Kupka’s…

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