Hugo Simberg painting
Hugo Simberg (1873–1917), "Spring Evening, Ice Break," 1897, oil on canvas, 10 2/3 x 14 1/2 in., Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, photo: Hannu Aaltonen

On View:

Among Forests and Lakes
National Nordic Museum
Seattle, Washington
through October 17, 2021

The National Nordic Museum (NNM) is the only North American venue for “Among Forests and Lakes: Landscape Masterpieces from the Finnish National Gallery,” an exhibition co-organized by NNM and Helsinki’s Ateneum Art Museum.

It offers a rare opportunity to see paintings, prints, and even video art created by Finland’s finest artists, few of whom are much known in the U.S. They include Fanny Churberg, Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Marja Helander, Eero Järnefelt, and Hugo Simberg. Together more than 50 scenes dating from the mid-19th century through today reveal how Finnish landscapists have helped form their young country’s sense of itself. The terrain represented spans 800 miles, from the Baltic coast heading north to the Arctic Ocean, even encompassing works related to the nomadic Sámi people.

This project has been co-curated by NNM deputy director Leslie Anderson with Hanne Selkokari and Anu Utriainen of the Ateneum.


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