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52 Souls
16.11.2012 - 17.02.2013


Symbolist Landscape 1880–1910

Ateneum Art Museum’s year 2012 culminates in an international exhibition devoted to Symbolist landscape painting. The exhibition 52 souls presents a wide selection of poetic, mystical and sensual interpretations of nature, painted between 1880 and 1910, including landscapes by such masters as Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Claude Monet and James McNeill Whistler. Finnish Symbolist art will be represented by Väinö Blomstedt, Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg and Ellen Thesleff. In all, the exhibition will show works by 52 artists.

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to Ateneum's close cooperation with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the National Galleries of Scotland. The curators of the exhibition are two internationally renowned art experts, Rodolphe Rapetti and Richard Thomson. Ateneum’s team in charge of the exhibition has been led by Curator Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff. The exhibition architecture is by Osmo Leppälä.

The paintings in the exhibition are being lent by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Tate in London, MoMA in New York, the Munch Museum in Norway, and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, to name but a few. In addition, paintings have been made available by major private collections in New York, Paris and Italy.

Admission fee to the exhibition is 15 € (discount admission fee 13 €).

A richly illustrated exhibition catalogue with articles by art experts was published by Mercatorfonds of Belgium in spring 2012. The catalogue is available in six languages – English, French, Flemish, German, Finnish and Swedish – and can be purchased from the museum shop at Ateneum for 34,50 euros. Exhibition catalogue is sold out.



Artists in 52 souls -exhibition:

Léon Bakst
Emile Bernard
Väinö Blomstedt
Eugène Carrière
Jean-Charles Cazin
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
Maurice Denis
Albert Edelfelt
James Ensor
Prince Eugen
Charles Filiger
Alfred William Finch
Akseli Gallen-Kallela
Paul Gauguin
Vincent van Gogh
Vilhelm Hammershøi
Ferdinand Hodler
Eugène Jansson
Wassily Kandinsky
Ferdinand Keller
Fernand Khnopff
Georges Lacombe
Charles Lacoste
Frederic Leighton
Georges Lemmen
Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
Jacek Malczewski
Emile-René Ménard
John Everett Millais
Joaquim Mir
Piet Mondrian
Claude Monet
Gustave Moreau
Edvard Munch
Alphonse Osbert
Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
Odilon Redon
Laurits Andersen Ring
Henri Eugène Le Sidaner
Paul Signac
Hugo Simberg
Harald Oskar Sohlberg
August Strindberg
Franz von Stuck
Ellen Thesleff
Hans Thoma
Albert Trachsel
George Frederic Watts
Wojciech Weiss
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Jens Ferdinand Willumsen