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Helsinki's Ateneum art museum reopens after year-long renovation

The reopening brings a change in a long-held tradition at the museum, as works of art are no longer displayed in chronological order.

Taidetta Ateneumin näyttelytilassa.
Ateneum Art Museum re-opened on 14 April. Image: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva
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The Ateneum Art Museum in downtown Helsinki reopened its doors on Friday after being closed for just over a year due to renovation of its ventilation system and other infrastructure.

The reopening attracted a large crowd of culture vultures, keen to see the new-look museum as well as the much-anticipated A Question of Time exhibition, which spotlights works from the museum's collection.

The new exhibition has four themes — Art and Power, Modern Life, The Age of Nature and Images of a People — and breaks Ateneum's long-held tradition of displaying works in chronological order.

The exhibition "reflects on the major questions of our present time through art", the museum said in a statement.

As well as the new exhibition, many older and more familiar works of art are also once again available to the public, the statement added.

The museum's next new show opens on 5 May, a major retrospective featuring Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt (1854–1905).

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