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National Museum temporary exhibitions



The Public and the Hidden Finland, 16 June - 14 January 2018

The Arctic Spirit, 3 March – 31 December 2017


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The Public and the Hidden Finland

16 June - 14 January 2018


The exhibition celebrates the 100 years of Finland by portraying around one hundred pictures from the National Board of Antiquities’ spectacular picture collection of over 15 million pictures. The pictures chosen for the exhibition portray the era of independence of Finland, and they either have not been exhibited earlier or have national importance. The pictures illustrate Finland's journey as it becomes a land of equality, wellbeing and togetherness.
 

The exhibition is built around six themes. The themes are education, war, race, equality and democracy, nature relationship and communality. Behind each theme’s success story lies some phenomena that we might have wanted to forget or hide. Therefore, the exhibition challenges us to discuss our history and the transparency of our times.

Besides, the exhibition portrays a picture installation of modern day Finland, in which everyone can take part in by uploading a picture in Instagram with the hashtag #Finland2117.



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The Arctic Spirit

3 March – 31 December 2017, in the pop-up facility of the National Museum of Finland


The exhibition, opened in March, reflects the continuity and change of the cultures and life situations of Arctic indigenous peoples. The exhibition presents a collection of modern artists representing the Arctic peoples, focusing and commenting on both traditional and modern topics.

Artefacts from the old collections of the Museum of Cultures (Alaska, Greenland) are also showcased alongside works of art. The Arctic Spirit guides people to take an interest in big questions, such as the changes in nature and life situations. Since the 19th century, external circumstances have accelerated the changes in the ways of life and cultures of people in the Arctic, and today, climate change is also rapidly changing the environment. The melting of glaciers and permafrost affect not only the Arctic regions, but also the entire globe.

The exhibition is open in the pop-up facility of the National Museum of Finland from 3 March to 31 December 2017.