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The third floor of Ateneum will be closed as of March 2014 for around one-and-a-half years while the roof undergoes renovation. The new roof will provide better ventilation, while new insulation around the skylights will also enhance energy efficiency. These improvements will have a considerable effect on indoor conditions, which are especially demanding in the museum building. The work has been commissioned by the owner of the building, Senate Properties.
Works from Ateneum’s collections online and at Sinebrychoff Art Museum
During the renovation, popular works from Ateneum’s collections will be on display in three exhibition halls on the ground floor of the museum. Works from the collections can also be viewed online.
The Google Cultural Institute online service includes 55 classic works from Ateneum in high-resolution images with descriptions. The online service makes it possible to take a virtual tour of the museum’s collection display.
Images and information about works from the collections of Ateneum, Kiasma and Sinebrychoff Art Museum can also be found on the Finnish National Gallery’s recently updated Art Collections Online service.
From 27 March to 10 August 2014, Sinebrychoff Art Museum will present the exhibition “Travelling with Women” that includes some of the most beloved works of Helene Schjerfbeck, Maria Wiik, Elin Danielson-Gambogi, Ellen Thesleff, Sigrid Schauman and many others from Ateneum’s collections. The exhibition tells the story of Finnish female artists travelling abroad through the works they created there.
A combined ticket for both the Tove Jansson exhibition at Ateneum and the Travelling with Women exhibition at Sinebrychoff Art Museum can be purchased from our ticket desks (€18/16).
Numerous works of art from the Ateneum Art Museum’s collection are once again visiting other museums this year. Treasures from Ateneum's international collection can be seen in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among other venues.
Paintings by Beda Stjernschantz are on loan at the Amos Anderson Art Museum, in the artist's first ever solo exhibition (14.03.-31.08.2014). Works from Ateneum's collection include Stjernschantz's major works Everywhere a Voice Invites Us... (1895) and Irma (1895-96).
One of Ateneum's best known works, Albert Edelfelt's painting The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris (1887) can be seen in the Paris 1900; The City of Entertainment exhibition celebrating the splendour of the city at the arrival of the 20th century. The exhibition is on display at the Petit Palais in Paris (01.04.-17.08.2014).
The jewel of our international collection, Street in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890) by Vincent van Gogh is also on display in Paris, in the Van Gogh / Artaud exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay (10.03.-06.07.2014), while Portrait of Printmaker Félix Jasinsky (1887) is touring the world as part of the Félix Vallotton exhibition. After the Grand Palais in Paris, it can now be seen at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (14.02.-01.06.2014) and later at the Mitsubishi Museum in Tokyo (14.06.-23.09.2014).
Loans are a major part of museum work. For example in 2013, there were over six hundred works of art lent from Ateneum's collection to different exhibitions. The aim of lending is to mobilise Ateneum's collection, to show it to as wide an audience as possible, both domestically and internationally. Ateneum is a part of the Finnish National Gallery, and making the beloved classic works of art available for people even outside our own walls is one of our basic missions.