A touring version of Ateneum Art Museum’s Stories of Finnish Art collection exhibition will be on display at art museums in Rovaniemi, Kuopio and Oulu, as part of Finland's centenary year celebrations. Artists featured in this exhibition include Wäinö Aaltonen, Fanny Churberg, Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Eero Järnefelt, Essi Renvall, Tyko Sallinen and Ellen Thesleff.
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 Ateneum Art Museum has Finland’s oldest and largest art collection. This exhibition presents well-loved classics alongside seldom-exhibited works of art. It draws new parallels and highlights works that have not been on show for a long time.
To be put together separately, the exhibition will explore the same themes as the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition currently on display at the Ateneum. The exhibition will open at the Rovaniemi Art Museum on 6 January, at the Oulu Museum of Art on 13 May, and at the Kuopio Art Museum on 6 October.
The exhibition is being produced by the Finnish National Gallery/Ateneum Art Museum. It has been curated by Anu Utriainen.