： (Finnish, Art, Ateneum)
The Touring version of the widely acclaimed and popular collections exhibition Stories of Finnish Art, currently on show at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki, illustrates the history of Finnish art. Classics from 1880s to 1900s At the end of the 19th century, Paris was the centre of European art. Parisian influences soon began to appear also in Finnish art. Romanticism was replaced by outdoor painting and realism. In Finland this period in the history of art left us with many iconic works and is, therefore, known as the Golden Age. In 1888 Finland’s first art museum, called the Ateneum, was opened to the public. Nowadays, as part of the Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum has the largest art collection in Finland and organises art exhibitions for over 300 000 visitors per year. New Expression from 1910s to 1930s The early 20th century was characterised by the need for a new social order. Ideological activism led to the founding of political parties and parliamentarism.In art there was a search for entirely new forms of expression. The European art scene was filled by artist groups such as expressionists, fauvists and cubists. There was a new sense of freedom in the use of form and colour. Breakthrough of Modernism From 1940s to 1960s The 1940s in Europe were severely distinguished by war. Finland fought three wars between 1939–45. Artists spotlighted the threats and anxieties generated by the conflicts. After World War II, Finland went through a period of reconstruction. Artists contributed by creating commissioned works: murals and monuments. Finnish architecture and design rose to international fame. A great transformation took place in art when modernism made its breakthrough.
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