Upcoming exhibitions

Birger Carlstedt: Flower Seller, 1942, detail.

Fokus Gallery: Modern Identity

The Modern Identity small-scale exhibition presents works acquired for the Ateneum collection between 2016 and 2019. The exhibition includes works by 17 artists, dating from the period between 1908 and 1966. The artists featured include Birger Carlstedt, Ragni Cawén, Eva Cederström, Magnus Enckell, Gunvor Grönvik, Ole Kandelin, Elga Sesemann and Hugo Simberg.

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Natalia Goncharova: Gardening (1908).

Natalia Goncharova

Natalia Goncharova (1881–1962) is known as a central figure in Russian avant-garde art, inspiring experimental artists in both Russia and Western Europe. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work from the first four decades of the 20th century. Before coming to the Ateneum, the exhibition is on display at Tate Modern in London and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

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On the right: Yinka Shonibare CBE: 
Medusa West (2015). On the left: Medusa Rondanini, University of Helsinki.

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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