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Inspiration – Contemporary Art & Classics

How have international contemporary artists been inspired by the classics of European art? And why is it these works, in particular, that have become known around the world? Inspiration presents art that draws inspiration from iconic masterpieces, created by today’s most interesting contemporary artists. In the exhibition, the original works are referenced, for example, through replicas, prints, plaster casts and abundant archive materials. It was through these that the Finnish audience became acquainted with the classics during a time when travel was a privilege of the few.

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Magnus Enckell: Self Portrait (1918)

Magnus Enckell

The painter Magnus Enckell (1870–1925) is known especially as a representative of Finnish symbolism. Enckell’s best known works include Boy with Skull (1893) and The Awakening (1894), which are part of the Ateneum collection. The Ateneum exhibition represents the first comprehensive display of the artist’s entire oeuvre.

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