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Inspiration – Contemporary Art & Classics’ – Group exhibition with 40 artists

Curated by James Putnam & Susanna Pettersson

Co-curated by curated by Ateneum director, Marja Sakari, and the chief curator, Sointu Fritze.

June 18 – September 20, 2020


Ateneum - Finnish National Gallery, Kaivokatu 2,

00100 Helsinki, Finland

The history of Western art includes a great number of works that have become famous throughout the world. The subjects of many of these works involve classical mythology, biblical stories, or notable people and events. This exhibition is a contemporary take on iconic works and stories from art history. Famous paintings and sculptures have served as inspiration for contemporary artists whose viewpoints range from veneration of old masters to critical contemplation of power structures.

Works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and other masters continue to inspire contemporary artists to this day. The Participatiing artists:

Marina Abramovi?, Georg Baselitz, Paul Benney, Pato Bosich, Glenn Brown, Rob & Nick Carter, Mat Collishaw, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Freddy Fabris, Nancy Fouts, Susanne Gottberg, Stephane Graff, Henry Hudson, Tom Hunter, Mark Karasick, Rachel Kneebone, Ola Kolehmainen, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Heikki Marila, Hynek Martinec, Sara Masüger, Alexander Mihaylovich, Jarmo Mäkilä, Cristiano Pintaldi, Marc Quinn, Recycle Group, Aurora Reinhard, Jenny Saville, Meekyoung Shin, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Kiki Smith, Gavin Turk, Koen Vanmechelen, Nicola Verlato and Hugo Wilson. The exhibition also features works from the collection of replicas at the Finnish National Gallery.

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images credit - Hannu Pakarrinen & Finnish National Gallery

Installation view-Recycle Group,Massüger,Kolehmainen

Marc Quinn

Stephane Graff, Jeff Koons

Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz

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