The Ateneum is Finland’s best-known art museum and the home of Finnish art. The beloved works in Ateneum’s collections date from the period from the 19th century to the modern age. The hugely popular exhibitions of Finnish and international art open up new perspectives into the past and the future.
Currently showing, Stories of Finnish Art illustrates the development of art in Finland from 1809 until the 1970s, juxtaposing the story of Finnish art with international developments in art and contemporary social events. However the real star this summer is the Ateneum’s long-awaited exhibition of Russian master Ilya Repin, which presents some of his most famous historical paintings and portraits of major cultural figures of his time, as well as his works from the Ateneum collection. Considered a master of psychological portrayals of people and depictions of Russian folklife, the Repin exhibition features his best-known paintings with masterful details, including Barge Haulers on the Volga and Zaporozhian Cossacks Writing a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan. This is the first review of Repin’s entire career in Finland in the 21st century, and features over 140 paintings and paper-based works spanning a period of more than sixty years, many shown in Helsinki for the first time.
The Ateneum is home to events of all kinds: the museum organises regular workshops, lectures, guided tours and clubs. The Ateneum is part of the Finnish National Gallery, together with the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Sinebrychoff Art Museum.
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!