The Albert Edelfelt exhibition returns home from Paris and Gothenburg

The Albert Edelfelt exhibition returns home from Paris and Gothenburg

The Ateneum exhibition presents Albert Edelfelt as an international influence

Albert Edelfelt (1854–1905) was socially gifted and understood the importance of networks early in his career. He spoke several languages ​​and mixed easily with people from different social classes. Edelfelt traveled in Europe and the Nordic countries and lived most of his life in Paris.

In France, he met many of the leading artists of his time, prominent figures in culture and science, as well as art collectors and art dealers. Edelfelt’s colleagues and friends included an American artist John Singer SargentFrench artists Charles Baude and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveretand Swedish artist Anders Zorn. Edelfelt was a technically very skilled draftsman and painter and the most internationally known Finnish artist of his time.

The Edelfelt exhibition presents portraits of the artist’s family members, the most prominent people of the time, and artist colleagues. Other exhibits include landscapes and views of Paris and descriptions of Edelfelt’s travels in the south of France, Italy and Spain. He painted familiar landscapes in Porvoo, his villa in Haiko and Helsinki. The exhibition will include many beloved works that are considered Finnish national treasures, e.g The boys are playing on the beach (1884), The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris (1887), The women of Ruokolahti in Kirkkomäki (1887) and Carriage of a child’s coffin (1879).

The exhibition also includes several works that have not been exhibited in Finland before. In addition to works from the collection of the State Art Museum, there are quotations from public and private collections both in Finland and abroad.

The curators of the Edelfelt exhibition are Anne-Maria Pennonen and Hanne SelkokariAteneum curators.

Edelfelt’s Paris exhibition 2022 was his first solo exhibition in the city

Edelfelt has been studied extensively, which is a testament to his central role in the history of Finnish art. Before the opening at the Ateneum, the artist’s touring exhibition was on display at the Petit Palais in Paris and the Gothenburg Museum of Art. In Paris, the exhibition exceeded the expected number of visitors, almost 140,000 visitors.

The two successes of the exhibition have produced new research and information about Edelfelt’s life and art. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog in Finnish and English offer completely new perspectives on the artist’s life. A Swedish-language catalog is also available, which was produced in connection with the exhibition at the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

Advance tickets to Ateneum from

If you want to guarantee your entry to the Ateneum at a certain time, we recommend buying an advance ticket. Tickets are also sold at the door. Advance tickets go on sale on Tuesday 14.3. The the service and reservation fee is added to the ticket price. Read more about advance tickets.

Book an exhibition intro – for example for a group of friends

In the exhibition introduction, an expert guide introduces visitors to Edelfelt’s art with a rich visual presentation. Unfortunately, there are no guided tours of the exhibition in order to avoid overcrowding in the exhibition galleries. Read more about the groups’ exhibition intros.

Ateneum’s theme: Lectures on Albert Edelfelt

A series of four lectures given by different experts in the Ateneum hall offers perspectives on Albert Edelfelt and his art. Read more about the event calendar.


Source: Ateneum

Source: The Nordic Page

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