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Albert Edelfelt: Composer Jean Sibelius (undated). Ateneum Art Museum.Sibelius at Ateneum

A new exhibition, Sibelius and the World of Art opens at Ateneum Art Museum on Friday 17 October. By the exhibition the museum makes an early start on the festivities of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, one of the greatest Finnish composers.

This extensive jubilee exhibition explores the connections between Sibelius and the art scene of his day. The exhibition covers Sibelius´ youth and his international breakthrough, fantasies and myths about the famous composer, as well as his symphonic landscapes and nature motifs.

Sibelius was surrounded by art in many ways. He was also an inspiration to many artists, and vice versa. For example, his tone poem En Saga (1892) inspired painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela to paint a work of the same name in 1894. His home in the cultural landscape at Lake Tuusula, his circle of artist friends and relatives, and the art collection at Ainola provided a varied background for his

 

Image: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis

From Fri 17 October
Sibelius and the World of Art
Ateneum Art Museum
Kaivokatu 2
Helsinki

Tue, Fri 10:00-18:00
Wed, Thu 10:00-20:00
Sat, Sun 10:00-17:00
Tickets €0/10/12
www.ateneum.fi

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