Produced to accompany the major exhibition currently running at the Ateneum in Helsinki, this magnificent volume showcases the world of Jean Sibelius and his connections to visual art. Sibelius was an inspiration to many artists and he himself was surrounded by art in many ways.
Expert essays in the book explore the importance of Jean Sibelius from several angles, with a particular focus on image research. The lavishly illustrated book features artworks from the late 19th century to the 1960s by such famous names as Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Eero Järnefelt, Pekka Halonen, Tyko Sallinen, Wäinö Aaltonen and Eila Hiltunen.
Spotted on the streets of Helsinki: poster for the Ateneum Art Museum. ‘28% Finnish sisu [determination] / 17% International voyages of discovery / 22% Interaction with artist colleagues / 13% Melancholy and mythology / 21% National Romanticism / 9% The atmosphere of Ainola’.
Helsinki’s Ateneum Art Museum is mounting a special exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
The exhibition explores the links between the composer’s work and the art scene of his time, covering Sibelius’s youth and his international breakthrough, fantasies and myths about the famous composer, as well as his symphonic landscapes and nature motifs. The portraits in the exhibition show us the composer both as a young genius and as the subject of the unique Sibelius Monument of the late 1960s.
The exhibition runs from 17th October 2014 until 22nd March 2015, and is produced by the Ateneum Art Museum in collaboration with the Ainola Foundation. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in Finnish, Swedish and English.