Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) to celebrated across Finland throughout the year
Ateneum Art Museum will set up the largest exhibition of Schjerfbeck’s work ever seen
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946), the Ateneum Art Museum will present a major exhibition of her work in 2012. About 300 works of art will be on display, covering all periods of Schjerfbeck’s artistic career.
”This will be the largest exhibition of Schjerfbeck’s art that has ever been arranged”, says Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse, Chief Curator at the Ateneum.
A central theme of the exhibition will be Schjerfbeck’s dialogue with the masters of world art. For the first time, Schjerfbeck’s paintings after El Greco will be displayed alongside two original works by the Spanish master. Helene Schjerfbeck herself never saw them. She painted her El Greco interpretations inspired only by black and white prints.
The Helene Schjerfbeck exhibition at Ateneum will be open from June 1st to October 14th.
In addition to the Ateneum exhibition, the jubilee year will be celebrated across Finland with many exhibitions and events.
The first anniversary exhibition will open at Villa Gyllenberg in Helsinki’s Kuusisaari. The exhibition is entitled About Spirituality in Art, and it will be on display from February 29th to May 20th. Villa Gyllenberg is owned by the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation.
Further Helene Schjerfbeck exhibitions will be seen in the Provincial Museum of Western Uusimaa in Tammisaari and in the Ostrobothnian Museum in Vaasa.
Other anniversary events include for example a series of lectures on Helene Schjerfbeck at Taidekoti Kirpilä, exhibiting a private art collection in Helsinki, and a visual arts summer camp ”in the footsteps of Helene Schjerfbeck” in Mänttä in Central Finland.
The Finnish Watercolour Society is inviting all watercolour artists to participate in the Finnish Fine Arts Day in Helsinki on July 10th, the birthday of Helene Schjerfbeck.
Note: We apologise for the fact that the image of Schjerfbeck's Red Apples painting had inadvertently been replaced with a photo of Centre Party veteran Paavo Väyrynen, from another story published on the same day.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Helene Schjerfbeck painting Red Apples acquired by Ateneum Art Museum (11.12.2008)
Helene Schjerfbeck´s Roses fetches EUR 175,000 at Sotheby´s (5.6.2009)
Schjerfbeck painting sold at Christie´s for EUR 939,200 (16.5.2008)
Helene Schjerfbeck (Wikipedia)
Ateneum Art Museum