The music of composer Jean Sibelius (1865‒1957) and the original musical manuscripts exhibited for the first time open a window on the Sibelius era. The original materials exhibited include the Lemminkäinen Suite, the Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5, which are at the core of Sibelius’ oeuvre. Sibelius’ international importance is reflected in Andy Warhol’s (1928‒1987) drawing of him, exhibited in Finland for the first time.
The exhibition will feature almost 130 artefacts. It coincides with the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth. The theme of the exhibition is the life of composer Jean Sibelius seen through his music and compositions.
The items displayed include original music manuscripts, sheet music, and concert programmes from the National Library as well as letters and bills of exchange from the National Archives. Also on display are suits and dresses that belonged to Jean and Aino Sibelius from the National Museum and artefacts from Ainola.