the Ateneum Collection on Tour

Fanny Churberg: Burnt Clearing, Landscape from Uusimaa, 1872. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Ahlström. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jukka Romu

The exhibition will be on show at the


Rovaniemi Art Museum

6 January – 23 April 2017

Oulu Museum of Art
13 May – 17 September 2017

Kuopio Art Museum
6 October 2017 – 4 March 2018

This exhibition curated from the collections of the Ateneum Art Museum celebrates the centenary of Finnish independence. Covering the development of Finnish art from the time of the Grand Duchy to the 1960s, it highlights historical changes that have taken place in art in Finland and internationally. The show is organised around themes that shed light on landscape painting, portraiture and important movements such as symbolism, as well as on the impact on art of Finnish artists’ travels to Paris.

The touring exhibition follows closely the themes and presentation of the Stories of Finnish Art collection display currently on show at the Ateneum Art Museum. It gives the public in other parts of the country an opportunity to view classic, iconic works alongside more rarely seen pieces. Artists featured in this exhibition include Wäinö Aaltonen, Fanny Churberg, Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Eero Järnefelt, Essi Renvall, Tyko Sallinen and Ellen Thesleff.

The exhibition is being produced by the Finnish National Gallery/Ateneum Art Museum. It has been curated by Anu Utriainen.

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Resource package of the exhibition
The resource package contains questions, suggestions for discussion and assignments that can be completed either before, during or after a visit to the museum and also at home or school.
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Eero Järnefelt: Summer Night Moon, 1889. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Antti Kuivalainen
Landscape

Nature appreciation took on a new cast in early 19th century romanticism. Art would henceforth convey the beauty and magnificence of nature’s views.

Maria Wiik: Girl Carding, 1883. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Kirsi Halkola
People

An idealised picture of the Finnish people was constructed in the last decades of the 19th century. Both peasants and gentlefolk were depicted in a romantic light.

Pekka Halonen: Tomatoes, 1913. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Antell. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen
Classics

At the end of the 19th century, Paris was the centre of European art that attracted artists from Finland and other Nordic countries.

Beda Stjernschantz: Everywhere a Voice Invites Us..., 1895. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Antell. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jouko Könönen
Symbolism

At the turn of the 20th century, artists were preoccupied by great philosophical questions and the mysteries of the human condition.

Otto Mäkilä: Summer Night, 1938. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Hallonblad. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Antti Kuivalainen
New Expression

The 1910s–1930s The early 20th century was characterised by the need for a new social order. The general strike of 1905 sparked the process towards parliamentarism.

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Fells after the Fall (2017), a painting by the artist Petri Ala-Maunus (born 1970), will be featured as part of the Ateneum Art Museum's Stories of Finnish Art collection exhibition, from 25 April to 17 December 2017. The painting will be on display in…

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