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FOKUS: Contemporary Art 125 Years Ago
11.10.2013 - 17.08.2014


Helene Schjerfbeck put the finishing touches to her painting The Convalescent, Akseli Gallen-Kallela was working in Paris, Pekka Halonen, Ellen Thesleff and Väinö Blomstedt were studying at the Finnish Art Society’s Drawing School in the Ateneum building, and the museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. The year was 1888.

In connection with its collection display, Ateneum Art Museum will present a new FOKUS exhibition featuring artworks that were either made or acquired for Ateneum’s collections 125 years ago. The exhibition includes several iconic pieces that have since become recognised as classics.

Ateneum’s birthday will be celebrated on 13 October 2013 with a full programme of special events and free admission all day.

FOKUS exhibitions at Ateneum

Only a small selection of works in Ateneum Art Museum’s collections can be displayed at any one time. The FOKUS series presents smaller thematic exhibitions that focus on a particular work of art, artist or subject.