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National Museum temporary exhibitions



The Arctic Spirit, 3 March – 31 December 2017
Inspiration is here! 12 May - 27 August

Coming soon:
The Public and the Hidden Finland, 16 June - 14 January 2017


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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.

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Inspiration is here!

12 May–27 August 2017, in the pop-up facility of the National Museum of Finland


Five Finnish designers drew inspiration from the National Museum of Finland and Finnish history: the result is the National Museum's own collection, the Kansallismuseo Collection, consisting of products that reinterpret historical objects and make use of traditional Finnish materials. The collection will be showcased in a dedicated exhibition in the National Museum's pop-up facility from 12 May to 27 August 2017. 

Johanna Gullichsen
, Mari Isopahkala, Katriina Nuutinen, Julia Männistö and design duo Ensæmble, consisting of Alisa Närvänen and Elina Peltonen, drew inspiration from Finnish folklore and the collections and exhibitions of the National Museum of Finland, transforming prehistoric objects into scarf patterns and Finno-Ugric folk traditions into notebooks. In addition to this, the collection also includes a reinterpretation of a traditional birch bark backpack and a ring set with something far more important for Finns than a mere diamond: namely a tuft of reindeer fur.

The design of the exhibition is inspired by the museum world: the supporting structures are made out of forgotten treasures from the National Museum's collections, providing a whimsical reinterpretation of the museum and museum exhibitions.

The collection was designed in collaboration with the Helsinki New project and Juni Communication & Production.

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The Public and the Hidden Finland

16 June - 14 January 2018