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National Museum temporary exhibitions


Finnskogar - Forest Finns, continued to 1 November 2015
"Refreshing take on Finnish history - morfing our national identity", 24 June - 13 September 2015

Coming soon:
Brilliant!, 18 September 2015 - 1 February 2016
"One must live every note" – Jean Sibelius, 16 October 2015 - 13 March 2016

Finnskogar - Forest Finns

28 November 2014 - continued to Sun 1 November 2015

The exhibition tells the story of Finns who moved to uninhabited forests regions in Sweden and Norway in the late 1500s and 1600s to practice slash-and-burn farming. They maintained their unique culture and their own language amongst the native population for a long time. Later on, they melded into the main population.

The exhibition is based on items acquired for the National Museum of Finland by Astrid Reponen (M.A.) during a vocabulary collection trip in 1932. The objects have not been exhibited previously.

The exhibition tells the story of the residents of the 'Finn forests' (Finnskogar), the 'forest Finns' (in Swedish: skogsfinnar); why they left and what their life was like in their new home. In addition to the exhibits, visitors to the exhibition get to experience the old Finnish language spoken by the forest Finns, their Finnish-style place names and their beliefs and spiritual traditions.

The exhibition script has been written by linguist Paula Andersson from the University of Helsinki, name researcher and Associate Professor Emeritus Tuula Eskeland of the University of Copenhagenin in Denmark, scholar of religion and Adjunct Professor Marja-Liisa Keinänen of Stockholm University in Sweden and Curator Antti Metsänkylä from the National Museum of Finland.

The exhibition also includes events and a publication in Finnish and in Swedish, which can be bought at the Museum Shop.

Read more of the exhibition

The exhibition is open, in room 215 on the 2nd floor of the museum, from 28 November 2014 and continued to Sun 1 November 2015.

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Finnskogar - Forest Finns exhibition emblem
Finnskogar - Forest Finns exhibition emblem.
Chair from Östmark in Sweden. Photo: National Board of Antiquities, Matti Huuhka
Chair from Östmark in Sweden. Photo: National Board of Antiquities, Matti Huuhka.
Juhoila farm in Sweden. Photo: Helmi Helminen 1930
Juhoila farm in Sweden. Photo: Helmi Helminen 1930.

"Refreshing take on Finnish history -
morfing our national identity" Pop Up exhibition

24 June - 13 September 2015

Pop-up exhibition of some 25 design works by the Aalto University graphic design students.
The miniature exhibition is at the museum Cafeteria, on the museum's ground floor.


The exhibition is a part of the Helsinki Design Week 3-13 September 2015.

More information:
Head of Marketing Mikael Neuvonen, tel +358 295 33 6342, mikael.neuvonen@kansallismuseo.fi

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 Aalto yliopiston opiskelijanäyttely 2015

Aalto yliopisto _Eevi Rutanen 12 Finns
Eevi Rutanen, 12 Finns
Aalto yliopisto_Kaarina Tammisto Riimukalenteri1
Kaarina Tammisto, Riimukalenteri/Rune Calendar

Coming soon:

Brilliant! - jewellery - photograph - sound

18 September 2015 - 1 February 2016

The Finnish Goldsmith Association’s 110th Jubilee Year Exhibition, featuring modern jewellery from the 1960s onwards by 30 Goldsmiths of the Year and photograph art by Susanna Majuri.

The cross-disciplinary Brilliant! exhibition offers a unique cross-section of jewellery made by Finnish goldsmiths. At the exhibition, jewellery made by top specialists, photographs by Susanna Majuri and the soundscape engage in dialogue in an unprecedented way.

Brilliant! displays the design and handicraft skills of nearly 30 distinguished goldsmiths from a period spanning several decades. The exhibition celebrates the 110th Jubilee Year of the Goldsmith Association. The audience will get to elect Goldsmith of the Year 2016.
A 100-page trilingual publication and public events are also linked to the exhibition.

Goldsmith of The Year since 1987:
Matti Hyvärinen, Karl Laine, Berndt Lindholm, Raimo Nieminen, Markku Mäki, Markku Laulaja, Morris Lindblom, Jukka Ailio, Juha Janger, Alpo Tammi, Pekka Kiviluoto, Toivo Valkama, Kirsti Doukas, Arvi Kämäri, Pekka Piekäinen, Juha Koskela, Jouni Salo, Kristian Saarikorpi, Esko Lindroos, Tiina Arkko, Rauno Tynkkynen, Tony Granholm, Ari-Pekka Rantanen, Pekka Kulmala, Carina Blomqvist, Essi Pullinen, Heikki Hartikainen.

The exhibition will be open, in room 216 on the 2nd floor of the museum, from 18 September 2015 till 1 February 2016.

Preliminary information on the exhibition:
- Curator Aino-Maija Kaila tel. +358 295 33 6362, aino-maija.kaila@kansallismuseo.fi
- Head of Exhibitions Minerva Keltanen tel. +358 295 33 6463, minerva.keltanen@kansallismuseo.fi
- Additional Press Photos: Exhibition Assistant Jaana Pietilä, tel. +358 295 33 6454, jaana.pietila@kansallismuseo.fi

The Finnish Goldsmith Association

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Ring, goldsmith Alpo Tammi. Design Pekka Rosenberg.Photo: Teemu Töyrylä 2015
Ring, goldsmith Alpo Tammi.
Design: Pekka Rosenberg
Photo: Teemu Töyrylä 2015

Blackie, triptych part 1. Photographic artist Susanna Majuri 2015.

"Blackie", triptych part 1.
Photographic artist Susanna Majuri 2015

Brilliant! Top Raimo Nieminen necklace, left Juha Koskela mokumegane-bracelet, right Matti Hyvärinen spektrolite bracelet, bottom Rauno Tynkkynen ring. Photo: Teemu Töyrylä 2015.

(from left to right)
Juha Koskela: bracelet, mokumegane technic and silver
Rauno Tynkkynen: ring, platinum and diamonds
Matti Hyvärinen: bracelet, silver and spectrolite
Raimo Nieminen: necklace, jasper, yellow gold, diamonds, jewels and leather
Photo: Teemu Töyrylä 2015

Coming soon:

"One must live every note" – Jean Sibelius

16 October 2015 - 13 March 2016

The music of composer Jean Sibelius (1865‒1957) and the original music manuscripts exhibited for the first time will open a window on the Sibelius era.

The exhibition is divided into eight sections, whose common denominator is the life of composer Jean Sibelius seen through his music and compositions.
The exhibition will feature almost 130 artefacts. It coincides with the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth.


The items displayed will include original music manuscripts, sheet music, concert programmes, posters and recordings from the National Library as well as letters, diaries and bills of exchange from the National Archives. Also on display will be suits and dresses that belonged to Jean and Aino Sibelius from the National Museum and artefacts from Ainola.

The exhibition sections are: The Beginning, Young Sibelius, Finland Awakens, To Europe, World Fame and Money Problems, Prospero, The Silence of Järvenpää? and The Last Room.

The exhibition is a joint effort between the National Museum, National Library, National Archives and Ainola. The Finnish Literature Society will publish a trilingual exhibition publication that will become available at the National Museum Shop in October 2015.

The exhibition publication “One must live every note” is written by Professor Fabian Dahlström, Researcher Kari Kilpeläinen, Unit Director Marja Pohjola and Senior Inspector Taina Tammenmaa from the National Archives, Intendant Jouni Kuurne from the National Museum, Executive Director Hilkka Helminen from Ainola, Researcher Tuija Wicklund and Researcher Anna Pulkkis from the National Library as well as Professor Veijo Murtomäki, Researcher Timo Virtanen and Researcher Sakari Ylivuori from the Sibelius Academy.

Displayed in rooms 127–132 on the first floor of the National Museum, the exhibition will be open from Friday 16 October 2015 to Sunday 13 March 2016.

Preliminary information on the exhibition:
- Curator Aino-Maija Kaila tel. +358 295 33 6362, aino-maija.kaila@kansallismuseo.fi
- Intendant Jouni Kuurne tel. +358 295 33 6381, jouni.kuurne@kansallismuseo.fi
- Head of Exhibitions Minerva Keltanen tel. +358 295 33 6463, minerva.keltanen@kansallismuseo.fi
- Curator Outi Flander tel. +358 295 33 6383, outi.flander@kansallismuseo.fi

Sibelius 150th anniversary website

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