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Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form -exhibition. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen

Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is the most internationally famous Finnish architect and designer. The exhibition opens up new perspectives into Aalto’s life and work. The comprehensive exhibition illustrates how Aalto’s organic design idiom developed in interaction with contemporary visual artists.

Alvar Aalto – Art and the Modern Form exhibition is a part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

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Light Changes Everything – the Tuomo Seppo Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Light Changes Everything – The Tuomo Seppo Collection

The Kajaani-based French and English teacher Tuomo Seppo (born 1937) has dedicated his entire life to collecting Finnish art. Seppo has decided to donate his collection of almost 2,000 works to the Ateneum Art Museum, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery. The exhibition covers the period from the early 20th century to the 2010s.

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Lennart Segerstråle. Photo: Ateneum Art Museum / Anna Kari

Lennart Segerstråle

The heirs of the painter and graphic artist Lennart Segerstråle (1892–1975) donated 18 paintings and 24 prints by Segerstråle to the Ateneum Art Museum in November 2016. Six of these paintings will be on display in hall 33. The donated works represent modernist political painting, which is quite rare in Finnish art.

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Tuulikki Pietilä exhibition. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Tuulikki Pietilä

Tuulikki Pietilä (1917–2009) is one of key Finnish graphic artists of the post-Second World War period. This exhibition will present an overview of the extensive body of work by the experimental and technically versatile artist, in honour of the centenary of her birth. The Pietilä collection, bequeathed to the Ateneum, includes almost all the artist’s works.

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Exhibition Amedeo Modigliani. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Amedeo Modigliani

A retrospective exhibition of the Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) will be on display at the Ateneum, starting from 28 October 2016. Modigliani, who died on the verge of fame at the early age of 35, is one of the most interesting artists in modern art today.

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Kaarina Kaikkonen: Valon paino, 2016. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jenni Nurminen

Kaarina Kaikkonen

Sculptor Kaarina Kaikkonen created two commissioned works that were displayed at the Ateneum Art Museum courtyard and the small park facing Keskuskatu. Known for her spatial installations, Kaikkonen was the first to feature in a new series of works for the Ateneum courtyard by contemporary artists. Works by Kaikkonen, who is one of Finland’s best-known contemporary artists, have been exhibited to great critical acclaim both in Finland and abroad. The works were on display free of charge.

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Exhibition The Great Rider. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

The Great Rider

A small-scale exhibition on the third floor of the Ateneum Art Museum will feature Italian prints and works by Finnish female sculptors. The prints are part of the extensive Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection of Italian art, donated to the museum. The sculptures by the Finnish female artists can be seen to draw inspiration from Italian sculpture.

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Exhibition Alice Neel - Painter of Modern Life. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Alice Neel

Alice Neel (1900–1984) was one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century. Her psychologically charged portraits tell intimate and unconventional stories, as much about people living on the margins of society and in subcultures as about the New York cultural elite and her own family. Alice Neel led an exceptionally interesting life as a single parent and a feminist in a time when the world of art was largely male-dominated.

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Helene Schjerfbeck: Costume Picture I, 1908-1909. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Hoving. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875–1918

The opening up of Japan to the rest of the world in the 1860s created great interest in Japanese culture, and collecting Japanese art and objects was in vogue. This left a strong mark in arts, design, crafts and fashion. The Eastern conception of art arrived in the Nordic countries and made an indelible impression on artists of all fields.

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Auguste Rodin: Danaidi, 1885, this marble 1889. Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Janne Mäkinen

Auguste Rodin

Ateneum brings to Finland an exhibition of work by probably the world’s best-known sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917).

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

The autumn season at Ateneum will feature French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), considered the father of photoreportage. Ateneum’s retrospective exhibition will include almost 300 photographs, archive material and films relating the story of this star of international photographic art. The exhibition is presented together with Magnum Photos and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation (Paris).

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Pekka Halonen 150 years

Ateneum Art Museum is devoting two rooms to the celebration of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s and Pekka Halonen’s jubilee year. Visitors can delve into Gallen-Kallela’s and Halonen’s artistic careers through seven works each.

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The Magic North - National Mythologies. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

The Magic North

Finnish and Norwegian art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was strongly influenced by Symbolism. Instead of the real world, artists were inspired by myths, legends and the direct relationships between people and nature.

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8 Exposures – New Views on Tapio Wirkkala. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

8 Exposures – New Views on Tapio Wirkkala

Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) was a leading figure in modern Finnish applied art, and his glass, ceramic, wood and silver objects charmed international design circles in the 1950s and 1960s, while laying the foundation for the triumphs of Finnish design.

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Ismo Hölttö -näyttely. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Hannu Aaltonen

Ismo Hölttö

Photographer Ismo Hölttö (born 1940) documented Finns in their own living environments in the 1960s and ‘70s. A goldsmith, Hölttö photographed in his home town Helsinki whenever he could. He developed into a technically skilled and visionary artist at the Helsinki Camera Club. Hölttö also travelled extensively in Finland, capturing with his camera, the lives of people living in remote areas and the Finnish Roma minority among others. In the early 1970s he opened his own studio, where he worked for the next three decades.

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