Ateneum Art Museum

This is Finland's premier art collection, founded in 1887, with a good collection of European paintings, mainly mid-19th-century to 1960. Foreign artists include Van Gogh, Munch, Bonnard, Cézanne, Chagall, Modigliani, Degas and Gauguin.

But more notable still is the museum's collection of work by Finnish artists of the late 19th and early 20th century. Among these are evocative landscapes and Symbolist paintings, many of them deeply patriotic in tone (from the run-up to independence) and often inspired by the great Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. Look out in particular for work by two of the most famous Finnish painters, Albert Edelfelt (1854–1905) and Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931), and the sculpture of Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966).

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