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.
Seppo’s collection of Finnish art includes paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and sketches. The extensive exhibition will feature some 300 works, ranging from imposing paintings to subtle prints.
Works by Ina Colliander, Reino Hietanen, Pentti Kaskipuro, Tapani Raittila, Nina Terno and Ellen Thesleff form the backbone of the Tuomo Seppo collection. Other artists in the collection include Ahtela, Niilo Hyttinen, Väinö Kamppuri, Anitra Lucander, Elga Sesemann, Kain Tapper, Rafael Wardi, Carl Wargh, Veikko Vionoja, and many other names who are important to Seppo.
The exhibition will delve into the mindset of a passionate art collector. The common thread running through the exhibition is the collector’s own voice: Tuomo Seppo discusses his lifelong collecting of art and presents some of his favourite artists. The exhibition also serves to celebrate the importance of art collectors as preservers of art history.
The works in the collection constitute encounters with the artists: Seppo has wanted to get acquainted with the artists who resonate with him and to follow their careers over the long term. Seppo is interested in the small, random details in the works, instead of seeing them as faultless or perfect. Within the collection, the artists’ ideas evolve into works, and young artists mature into seasoned masters.