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Press release: HELENE SCHJERFBECK - The exhibition in a nutshell


Ateneum Art Museum, 01.06-14.10.2012

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of the most important and recognised artists in the entire Nordic region, Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946). To celebrate this anniversary, Ateneum Art Museum is presenting the largest ever exhibition of Schjerfbeck's art. Over three hundred works of art will be on display, covering all periods of Schjerfbeck's artistic career - from her history paintings of the 1880s to her later examples of bold modernism. The new exhibition will present Schjerfbeck's well-known classics alongside previously unseen or seldom exhibited works of art from private collections. The curator of the exhibition is Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse, Chief Curator at Ateneum Art Museum and an expert on Helene Schjerfbeck's art.


Helene Schjerfbeck 150 years
A comprehensive "catalogue raisonné" of Schjerfbeck's art will be published in connection with the exhibition in which researchers shed new light on the artist and her art. The catalogue covers three-quarters of Schjerfbeck's entire artistic output, with information and photos of 750 works of art. Available in Finnish, Swedish and English, the catalogue is edited by art historian Anu Utriainen together with Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse.

Schjerfbeck biography in e-book format
Ateneum is publishing the biography of Helene Schjerfbeck as an e-book in Finnish ("Rikas elämä - Helene Schjerfbeck 1862-1946"). The electronic publication can be viewed in the Ateneum Shop (room 1, ground floor) and can be ordered from the Elisa Kirja service for the price of 9.90 euros. The e-book can be read on tablet computer, smart phone, e-book reader or computer. 55 pages, over 60 photos, text by Anja Olavinen. Order from: www.elisa.fi/kirja
NOTE: Review copies (in Finnish) can be downloaded upon request. Contact: Marja Istala Kumpunen, mik@ateneum.fi, t. +358 (0)50 555 3551

Audio guide by the curator
Ateneum has produced a special audio guide for the Helene Schjerfbeck exhibition narrated by the exhibition curator Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse, Chief Curator at Ateneum and a recognised expert on Schjerfbeck. On the audio guide, Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse presents twelve of Schjerfbeck's paintings, including how they were created and background information. The 35-minute audio guide is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. The audio guide can be listened to through headsets that can be rented when visiting Ateneum. The presentations can also be listened to online on the Ateneum website during the exhibition: www.ateneum.fi/audioguide_en


Den unga Schjerfbeck -documentary, director Charlotte Airas, production Making Movies, Kaarle Aho. Duration 58 min.

Light and shadow. The life of Helene Schjerfbeck. Director Yehia Eweis, manuscript Anja Olavinen. Production Ateneum Art Museum / Anja Olavinen. Duration 19 min.

EVENTS www.ateneum.fi/events

HOK-Elanto Customer owner day Sat 9 Jan
Free admission to Ateneum for the first 800 holders of the S-Etukortti card. Guided tours, workshops and other activities.

Ristiveto Festival, 28-30 September
The Ristiveto Festival at Ateneum presents a series of concerts that will transport audiences through the years in the spirit of Helene Schjerfbeck - from the glowing colours of the late Romantic period towards the more reduced expression of the 20th century. Finnish talents will be joined by two international guests: the Swiss-born cello virtuoso Thomas Demenga and violinist Lorenza Borrani, the renowned leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The artistic directors of the festival are pianist Emil Holmström, cellist Markus Hohti and violist Eriikka Maalismaa.

Night of the Arts, 23 August
Night of the Arts will be celebrated at Ateneum in Restaurant Tablo, where musicians from the Ristiveto Festival will perform in the spirit of Helene Schjerfbeck at 18.15 and 19.15. Free admission!

HS. Dance Theatre Performance
The dance theatre performance HS. describes the story of a sensitive yet determined girl who grows up to become a passionate artist. The performance for family audiences is based on Helene Schjerfbeck's paintings and the periods of the artist's life behind them. Performed by the Helsinki-based ISIS dance theatre troupe, the performance combines elements of music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, speech and documentary material from the artist's correspondence. The performance is written and directed by Liisa Isotalo with choreography and dance by Leena Gustavson and Riikka Siirala.

WORKSHOPS www.ateneum.fi/workshop

In the museum's workshop you can discover the art of Helene Schjerfbeck by creating art yourself. Our non-stop workshops are open to everyone and do not require special skills. Recommended for ages 3 and over (parents must accompany children under 10). Participation is included in the price of admission to the exhibition (free admission for under 18s). No reservations: non-stop workshops are open to all as long as there is room - no groups.

Self-portrait from a new perspective: Saturday 9 June, 11-14
Face-to-face drawing workshop: 7-10 August, 11-14
Face-to-face drawing workshops in September: Wednesdays 17-19.30
Saturday workshops: 1 September-13 October, 11-14. Self-portraits, portraits, still lifes - experiment with different techniques.

Ateneum Art Museum Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki
Open: Tue & Fri 10am-6pm; Wed & Thu 10am-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm (closed on Mondays)
Tickets: €12/10, free admission for visitors under the age of 18
Tickets in advance: Lippupalvelu outlets and online shop, www.lippupalvelu.fi

FURTHER INFORMATION: Marja Istala Kumpunen, Communications Manager, tel. +358 (0)50 555 3551, mik@ateneum.fi


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