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[New Wing]
100th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Finland
Modern Woman: Finnish Women Artists from the Collection of Ateneum, Finnish National Gallery

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 – Monday, 23 September 2019
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 15 July, 12 August, 16 September and 23 September 2019.
Closed on Tuesday, 16 July 2019.
New Wing
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art
Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery
With the support of:
Embassy of Finland, Tokyo
The Finnish Institute in Japan
Supported by the grant-in-aid of:
The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
With the cooperation of:
Yamato Global Logistics Japan Co., Ltd.
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 500 yen (400 yen), College students 250 yen (200 yen)
Numbers in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more.
Admission is free for Special Exhibition or Permanent Collection ticket holders.
Visitors aged 18 and under or 65 and older are admitted free of charge. Please show your ID upon entrance to confirm your age.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
On the second and the fourth Saturdays of each month, and Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, admission to the Permanent Collection Galleries is free.

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In Finland from the latter half of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, in step with the movement to become independent from Russia and the formation of a new state in 1917, revolutionary changes were implemented regarding the position and role of women in the society. In the art world, too, from its founding, the first art school established in Finland in the mid-nineteenth century promoted equal art education for men and women, which was unusual in Europe at that time. Finnish women in those days were able to seize chances to obtain a scholarship or study abroad and cut open a career as an artist while pursuing their studies in an international environment.

This exhibition is held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland and is the first attempt in Japan to focus on female artists who lived in Finland around the time it declared independence and who spurred innovation in modern Finnish art. Based on an international exhibition curated by the Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery which toured three cities in Europe and the USA, this exhibition is restructured with an original content for Japan. Brought together from the Ateneum collection are works by seven female artists including Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946), who has been gaining worldwide attention in recent years, and the sculptor Sigrid af Forselles (1860-1935), who studied under Auguste Rodin in Paris and worked as his assistant in producing his masterpiece Burghers of Calais. Their versatile activities and achievements in lifelong pursuit of artistic expressions of their own are introduced through approximately ninety paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, etc.

Symposium, Lectures and Gallery Talks will be also held at the museum. Please visit each page for details.

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