Conference: Contemporary Takes on Kupka

At 12:00–15:30 + concert at 16:00–17:00, Ateneum Hall

An international research conference on František Kupka’s art and its significance. Speakers include Kupka experts from different parts of the world.

Markéta Theinhardt, Art Historian, University of Sorbonne
Brigitte Leal, Chief Curator and Director of Collections, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Anna Pravdová, Chief Curator, National Gallery in Prague
Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Chief Curator, Ateneum Art Museum, the curator of Ateneum’s Kupka exhibition

In English. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee or with a Museum Card.


12.00 Opening words, Dr. Marja Sakari, Director of the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery

12.15–12.45 Brigitte Leal: František Kupka’s Exhibition in Paris: a New Reception. Deputy Director, Musée national d’art moderne. Centre Georges Pompidou collections, Paris.

12.45–13.15 Markéta Theinhardt: František Kupka, the Solitary Avantgardist, Early Twenties. Art Historian, Sorbonne, Paris

13.15–14.30 Lunch break

14.30–15.00 Anna Pravdová: František Kupka’ s Teaching in Paris. Curator, National Gallery, Prague.

15.00 Discussion on Kupka (All speakers)
Moderator: Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Chief Curator, Ateneum Art Museum

15.30 Closing words

16.00–17.00 A Concert for the attendees of the conference: Des Herzens Purpurvogel fliegt durch die Nacht

Synesthetic complete work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk) built around composer Anton Webern’s songs

The complete artwork includes a dialogue with Anton Webern’s and contemporary composers songs by the coloratura soprano Piia Komsi, and paintings by the visual artist Sara Orava, which have originated from Piia Komsi synaestically experienced colours. At the interface between music and image, there is a dancer and her movements that combines the means of expressing music and image.

Song:  Piia Komsi
Piano: Ilmo Ranta
Visual Artist: Sara Orava
Dance:  Milla Eloranta


Image: František Kupka: Hinduistic Motif (1919). Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, Paris. © ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Philippe Migeat.