Upcoming exhibitions

Henry Ericsson: Fazerin baari, 1931. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen

Urban Encounters

The main exhibition in winter 2018–2019 is Urban Encounters – Finnish Art from the 20th Century. The diverse exhibition explores migration and urbanisation in Finland in the early decades of the 20th century – people’s lives and daily existence. The exhibition presents a diverse selection of rarely shown works from the Finnish National Gallery’s collection.

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Not Vital: Gu Cheng, 2010. Photo: Eric Gregory Powell.

Not Vital

The Swiss-born Not Vital (born 1948), who started his career in the 1960s, is known as a versatile artist who boldly expresses his ideas through sculptures, large-scale installations and collages. The exhibition at the Ateneum will present a series of Vital’s recent paintings.

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View of the exhibition Kupka, Pioneer of abstraction at Grand Palais. Set design: Véronique Dollfus. © Rmn-Grand Palais / Photo: Didier Plowy

František Kupka

The Czech artist František Kupka (1871–1957) is known as a pioneer of abstract art. This retrospective of the painter, who enjoyed a long career in Paris, will enable viewers to explore the history of Western art: the stage-wise transition from traditional portraiture towards abstract expression. Kupka’s art has been described as “modern poetry of colour”. This major international exhibition covers the artist’s entire career, from the 1890s to the 1950s.

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Aimo Kanerva: Winter Landscape, Otalampi, 1951–1952. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen

Silent Beauty

Nordic and East Asian art share the idea of everyday beauty and a connection with nature. The exhibition will juxtapose architecture, ceramics, and textile art from Finnish and Swedish collections, the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in Tokyo, and the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

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Medusa Rondanini. University of Helsinki. Photo: Timo Huvilinna, Helsinki University Museum

Iconic Works

In this exhibition, international contemporary artists will offer takes on some of the most famous and beloved works of European art. The starting point is the emergence of Europe’s most famous art museums in the 19th century, for example, in London, Paris, Berlin, Munich and Dresden. How have the museums and their choices contributed to works of art from previous centuries, such as the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Sistine Madonna at the Old Masters Gallery in Dresden, or The Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum, reaching an iconic status?

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