Slow Art Day 2018


An international event encouraging people to look at art slowly. Spend time relaxing and enjoying art – art always has time for you. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee or with a Museum Card.

Take your time: The Ateneum has chosen five works from the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition, and has added seats next to them for quiet viewing. Choose a work and look at it for 5 to 10 minutes, slowly and in silence.

Enjoy a multi-sensory experience: Flowing kantele (Finnish zither), Stories of Finnish Art exhibition, gallery 15. Look at works of art while enjoying improvised kantele music played by Doctor of Music, Arja Kastinen, 11:00–13:00.
Arja Kastinen was the first-ever Doctor of Music to graduate from the folk music department of the Sibelius Academy, in 2000. Her degree was inspired by the centuries-old Karelian kantele-playing tradition, which, all the way into the 20th century, included as key elements creative music-making, variation and improvisation. Arja’s kantele improvisations are experimental trips into the historical past and the creative present. They combine a variety of playing techniques and use several different replicas of museum kanteles to create a slowly changing field of tones of different timbres. The music is a flow of ideas without beginning or end.

12:00, 13:00 and 14:00
Share your experiences: A free-form discussion on experiencing art, whether through savouring it slowly or with the accompaniment of flowing kantele music, on the hour at 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00. Ateneum’s workshop space, second floor. In Finnish.

An open guided tour of the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition, in the exhibition galleries. In Finnish. The tour starts in the courtyard.

Photo: Magnus Enckell: Awakening Faun, 1914. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Hoving. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Janne Tuominen