The Story of Finnish Art -thematic tour

Hugo Simberg: The Wounded Angel, 1903. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Ahlström. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

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. The tour also covers the history of the Ateneum building and the schools and museums that it has housed. Other topics include changes in artistic media, styles and subject matter and the internationality of art as seen in key works of Finnish art.

With the youngest students, this and the other tours focus on a few key works and employ a more narrative approach.
Recommendation: All grades.

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

Bookings: Finnish National Gallery Service Sales by e-mail: 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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