Silent Beauty theme day


Sat 14 Sep, 11:00–15:30

You are invited to delve deeper into the themes of the Silent Beauty exhibition. Listen to lectures in the Ateneum Hall, sink your hands into clay in a workshop, or participate in a guided mindfulness tour of the exhibition. The lectures in the Ateneum Hall are moderated by the curator of the exhibition, Anne-Maria Pennonen.

Admission is included in the museum entrance fee, or with a Museum Card or a Friends of the Ateneum membership card. Admission is free to the pottery-throwing demonstration in the courtyard.


Workshop space, level 2.5
11:00–14:00 Variable clay – collective sculpture. Read more about the non-stop workshops.

Ateneum Hall, 11:00–14:00, in Finnish, first floor
11:00 Opening words and introduction to the day. Curator of the exhibition, Anne-Maria Pennonen
11:30 The influence of Japonism on the teaching of ceramic art at the Ateneum. Professor emeritus of ceramics art, Tapio Yli-Viikari, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
12:00 Chinese art and mindfulness. Sinologist, author Pertti Seppälä
12:30 Break
13:00 A beginner’s mindset on the path of beauty. Author and expert in Japanese aesthetics, Minna Eväsoja, PhD
13:40 Summary and discussion
14:00 The event ends.

Courtyard, ground floor
12:00–15:00 Pottery-throwing demonstration. Ceramic artist Salla Luhtasela. Admission is free.

Silent Beauty exhibition, third floor
14:30–15:30 A mindfulness-themed Under the Surface guided tour of the Silent Beauty exhibition encourages you to look beneath the surface of art. In Finnish.

Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen