Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki

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    Ateneum Art Museum

    by mindcrime Written Aug 20, 2013

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    Ateneum Art Museum

    Ateneum houses Finland’s National Gallery, with more than 17,000 works of classic art, any art lover will be satisfied here. It is housed in a building that was built in 1887 in neo-renaissance style.

    Although there are some international pieces (Van Gogh, Cezanne etc) the museum focus on Finnish Art including famous artists like Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg, Albert Edelfelt etc) most paintings date from late 19th to early 20th century.

    My favorite pieces here are The Wounded Angel (H.Simberg 1903), Boy with a Crow (A.Gallen-Kallela), By the River of Tuonela (A.Gallen-Kallela 1903), The Surprise (F. von Wright 1880)

    But the temporary exhibitions cover much more space so check before hand what you may find here during your visit, in june 2013 there was an exhibition called Art from the Presidential Palace.

    Great museum, unfortunately photography isn’t allowed. You can visit the café and the museum store without a ticket to the museum.

    The entrance fee is 12euros (free for those under 18)
    It’s open Tue, fri 10-18.00, wed, thu 10-20.00, sat, sun 11-17.00, closed on mondays

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    Finnish National Art Gallery

    by annase Updated Apr 22, 2013

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    Ateneum is the home of Finnish National Art Gallery housing a collection of Finnish art from the Gustavian period of the mid-18th century to the modernist movements of the 1950s. Its most notable works include those by Finnish artists such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Albert Edelfelt and Hugo Simberg. For a Finn, seeing these painting is a rather sentimental experience as we grow up seeing these pictures everywhere.. or at least I have!

    There is also a small collection of paintings by artists such as van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Léger, Chagall and Munch. One of the latest acquisitions of museum is an early self-portrait by Helene Schjerfbeck. Other notable pieces include several sculptures by Rodin from a collection of a private collector.

    Opening times
    Mon Closed
    Tue 10am–6pm
    Wed & Thu 10am–8pm
    Fri 10am–6pm
    Sat & Sun 11am–5pm

    There is also a cafe and a shop.

    No photography is allowed which is a bit of shame.


    Admission:

    April - August 2013 and 11 October 2013 - 9 February 2014
    Adults 12 €
    Concessions 10 € (students, pensioners, conscripts, non-military servicemen, teachers, artists and the unemployed as well as groups of ten or more)

    3 September - 10 October 2013
    Adults 10 €
    Concessions 8 € (students, pensioners, conscripts, non-military servicemen, teachers, artists and the unemployed as well as groups of ten or more)

    Free admission for anyone under 18, war veterans, ICOM card holders, therapy groups as well as assistants accompanying disabled visitors.

    Ticket sale at the museum ends 30 minutes before the closing time. Tickets are also available from Lippupalvelu's ticket outlets and online shop. http://www.lippupalvelu.fi/search.php?tm_link=tm_header_search&language=fi&keyword=ateneum

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    by Airpunk Written Apr 20, 2013

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    Here we have Helsinki's number one adress for classic art and the largest art collection in Finland. The permanent exhibition includes mainly Finnish paintings from the late 19th and early 20th century. The expressionist section includes a decent number of works from well-known artists such as Munch, Chagall, van Gogh or Gaugin. Their café is good as well and can be visited without having to buy an entry for the museum, the same goes for the souvenir shop which has a good selection on art books. The museum building itself is worth some attention as well. It was built in neo-renaissance style and finished in 1887.
    The museum has temporary exhibitions which occupy far more than the permanent exhibition. We spent around 2 and a half hours in a Karl Larsson exhibition and I was even able to get into one of the pictures :) Check their website for the schedule on further exhibitions in there.

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    Ateneum - Classic Finnish art

    by akkipaa Written Sep 9, 2012

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    Ateneum was built by architect Theoder Höijer and in is located in the edge of Rautatientori (Railway station square) year 1887.

    In the collections of Ateneum there are the most loved Finnish painters, like
    - Werdinand von Wright
    - Albert Edenfelt
    - Pekka Halonen
    - Hugo Simberg
    - Akseli Gallen-Kallela
    - Werner Holmberg

    and most loved paitings like
    - Taistelevat metsot
    - Kullervon kirous
    - Haavoittunut Enkele
    - Aino-Taru
    - Maantie Hämeessä
    - Lapsen ruumissaatto
    - Toipilas

    This year is Helene Schjerfbeck's birth 150 year anniversary and her paintings are now present in Exhibition (1.6.2012 - 14.10.2012). The surprise came in the beginning of September. A Conservator was researching a painting (Raaseporin maisemia) and she found a new painting behind the canvas. I saw this new born painting (I call it Woman and a child) today and it is one of the best she painted.

    Unfortunately photographing was forbidden so you have to look the paintings from other part of the web.

    The text in the triagle says: "Concordia res parvae crescunt" and free translation "In harmony small things grows"

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    Ateneum Art Museum

    by spidermiss Updated May 21, 2011

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    Ateneum is Finland's National Gallery housing the oldest, most significant and extensive works of art and dates range from 1750-1960. There are approximately 17,500 works of art including some international art.

    I thoroughly enjoyed looking around the gallery and the highlight was the paintings by Gallen-Kallela, my favourite Finnish artist and he was associated with continuing the Romantic movement into the early 20th Century.

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    Art lovers check it out

    by blusky Written Jan 12, 2011

    Very often the exhibitions are changed. It gives good input into Finish art.
    Opening hours: Tue, Fri 10–18 | Wed, Thu 10–20 | Sat, Sun 11–17
    For more info on current exhibitions and authors present in the permanent collection, check the web site.
    The price of entrance ticket should be 9 euro.

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    by penny_g Updated Oct 15, 2010

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    Ateneum is the national gallery of Finland. It was designed by architect Theodor Höijer and inaugurated in 1887, and is something of a national monument. It is located opposite the central railway station on Rautatientori. It hosts exhibitions of the visual art and the cultural heritage of the country.

    On the central facade you can see busts of three famous classical artists: architect Bramante, painter Raphael and sculptor Phidias. Together with the csultures above who support the pediment, these sculptures were by Carl Sjöstrand.

    Inside there is a cafeteria Tablo Ateneum, where lunch and coffee is offered. Ateneum is a good option, where you can spend your free time in Helsinki.

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    Ateneum Art Museum

    by call_me_rhia Updated Aug 24, 2010

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    The Ateneum Art Museum is an excellent art museum that should not be missed. It’s one of the three museums that belongs to the Finnish National Galley and it is completely dedicated to Finnish art. The other two museums are the Sinebrychoff Art Museum (classical art) and the Kiasma Art Museum (contemporary art).
    In the Ateneum there is a permanent collection of works by Finnish artists such Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Pekka Halonen. Moreover there are temporary exhibitions – when I visited there was the very interesting “ONERVA - Women of the City” exhibit, illustrating the life of women in 1910s Helsinki through the eyes of writer and critic Onerva. Outstanding!

    Opening hours: Tue, Fri 10–18, Wed, Thu 10–20, Sat, Sun 11–17 .
    Photography is not allowed in the exhibition rooms

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    Finnish National Art Gallery

    by csordila Updated Jun 27, 2009

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    A moderately interesting museum, well worth a visit for anyone more than averagely interested in art. It is housed in a handsome 19th century building. You can visit also late afternoon, because it is open till 8,00 pm.
    Its collection of paintings and sculptures consists of more than 4000 works by finnish artists, including the best-known finnish painter, Gallen-Kallela and over 650 foreign works of art.
    The international collection features works by such artists as Cézanne, Chagall, van Gogh, Gauguin, Munch, Rodin.

    On the museum's third floor, there is an interesting collection named "Artist as an observer of nature".
    Here is one of my favourites on display, Kaukola Ridge at Sunset by Edelfelt, the master of plein air. It depicts a lake, only one from the ten thousand and if Nokia factory would stand on the coast of this lake today, it would change nothing on the essence of the sight.

    Opening hours: Tue and Fri: 10–18, Wed and Thu: 10–20, Sat and Sun: 11–17, Mondays closed
    Admission fee: 8/6.50 €, under 18 free

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    Ateneum Art Museum

    by yumyum Written Apr 25, 2008

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    In this museum you will find the older Finnish and Western art up to around the 1950s. You find this prominent building on the big square by the railway station.

    The museum is closed on Mondays. There is an entry fee, except on Wednesdays from 5 pm - 8 pm but not during major exhibitions.

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    by misr Written Jun 10, 2007

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    The Ateneum art museum has the largest collections of art in Finland.

    It´s open tue and fri 09.00-18.00
    wed and thu 09.00-20.00
    sat and sun 11.00-17.00
    The museum is closed on mondays. The admission fees: 4,50 / 3 euros, if you are under the age of 18 you get in free.

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  • National art

    by laama. Written Feb 28, 2006

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    The art museum Ateneum is located in the central area, right oppisite the central railway station. The museum's collection contains 4300 paintings and over 750 sculptures. The collection is the biggest in Finland.
    All the great masters of Finland are represented in the gallery. Such names as, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Albert Edefelt, Hugo Simberg, Pekka Halonen and Helene Schjerfbeck.
    Also many international names are represented. Among those are Picasso, van Gogh and Rodin.
    Ateneum first opend its doors in 1887. The building and the museum plays an important role in the history of Finland.

    Ateneum is open from Tuesday till Sunday. Admission fee is 6e (student 4e), special exhibitions 8e (students 6,5e). Under 18-years-olds free of charge.

    TIP: Ateneum is free on Wednesdays after 17.00

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    Finnish masters

    by nomadig Written Jan 4, 2006

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    Art museum Ateneum is the best place to spend an afternoon, if you are interested specificall in "Finnish golden age", or are a fan of art from the 19th century in general.

    The museum boasts over 20,000 works of art. Of course, only a fraction of them are on the exhibition -- but the most famous Finnish masters and masterpieces can be found under the same roof on the permanent exhibition. The history of the museum goes way back to 1863, when the first permanent exhibition began.

    Ateneum is located on the very prime spot in downtown Helsinki -- just across the railway station. There is also a café and a good art bookshop on the premises.

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    An excellent art gallery

    by Marpessa Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    The Ateneumin Taidemuseo (Ateneum Art Msueum) was probably my favourite museum that I visited in Helsinki. The main artworks that were on exhibition when I was there (late July 2005) was that of Greta Hallfors-Sipila (b. 1899 - d. 1974) and Sulho Sipila (b. 1895 - d. 1949). Greta and Sulho had once been students of the Ateneum art school themselves. It was an excellent exhibition, and even though I had never heard of the artists before, I was able to learn a great deal about them through the information given in the exhibiton.

    Throughout the gallery however there were many different artworks, some of Finnish origin others the work of artists such as Picasso, Munch, Colliander and Toulouse-Lautrec. The artworks cover many different topics, from landscapes, to potraits and still life. The gallery is also a beautiful building to walk around, where you can enjoy the artworks in a relaxed atmosphere.

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    The Finnish National Gallery - Ateneum Art Museum

    by gordonilla Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    The muesum has an excellent permanent collection and has always a great many interesting visiting exhibits. The building has a long history and has been an art school as well as a gallery and museum.

    There is an excellent print collection, along with many Finnish National Romantic pieces. Akseli Gallen-Kallela has many well known works on display.

    Opening Hours:

    Monday - Closed
    Tuesday - Friday 09:00 - 18:00
    Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

    There are also frequent musical and spoken performances - check out their web site for more details.

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