Stories of Finnish Art – Ateneum’s collection display. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen
The Ateneum is Finland’s best-known art museum and the home of Finnish art. The images held by the Ateneum are ingrained in the collective memory of the Finnish people: the beloved works in our collections date from the period from the 19th century to the modern age. Our hugely popular exhibitions of Finnish and international art open up new perspectives into the past and the future. The guest stars of our temporary exhibitions have included names such as Tove Jansson, Carl Larsson, Pablo Picasso and Helene Schjerfbeck.
The Stories of Finnish Art exhibition celebrates the Ateneum collections. The exhibition guides visitors through the development of Finnish art, from 1809 up until the 1960s. On display, side by side, are Finnish and international masterpieces from our collections, such as Le Corbusier’s Two Women (1939), Eero Järnefelt’s Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893), Edvard Munch’s Bathing Men (1907–08) and Ilya Repin’s Portrait of Natalia Nordmann (1900). The letters, sketchbooks, postcards and photographs on display in the archive hall vividly illustrate the daily lives of the artists. The dense, salon exhibition style recalls the history of the building, going back more than a century.
The Ateneum is home to events of all kinds: every month, we organise workshops, lectures, guided tours and clubs. The conferences that explore the exhibition themes further feature speeches from top Finnish and international experts. The regular theme days provide free admittance to new audiences on production of a student card or an S-Etukortti loyalty card.
The collections of the Finnish Art Society, which was founded in 1846, form the basis for the Ateneum operations. Today, these collections are part of our national heritage. The Ateneum has operated from its own building since 1888. Over the years, the building has seen celebrities from the past and present: up until the 1980s, the building housed an industrial arts school (currently the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society (currently the Academy of Fine Arts, the University of the Arts Helsinki).
Rediscover your favourite works of art and fall in love with new ones. Our doors are open to you in the heart of Helsinki. Welcome!