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Exhibition June 2 − August 30, 2020

Inspiration: Von Wright Brothers

Atheneum Art Museum presents a large colorful exhibition“Inspiration: The Von Wright Brothers”.

The exhibition presents about 300 works by artists Marcus, Wilhelm and Fardinand von Wright, as well as works by contemporary authors - Sanny Kannisto and Jussi Heikkil. Among the exhibits are oil paintings, watercolors, prints and sketches of artists of the XIX century, photographic works of modern conceptual photographers.
The von Wright brothers are known as authors of portraits, landscapes, as well as magnificent images of flora and fauna, especially birds, as creators of scientific illustrations. Magnus von Wright (1805–1868), the eldest of the brothers, who became famous for his landscape paintings, was an influential figure in the cultural life of Finland. Wilhelm von Wright (1810–1887) worked as a scientific illustrator at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The most famous and youngest of the brothers is Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906). Ferdinand is especially known for his paintings with birds, such as “The Capercaillie Duel” (1886) and “Hunting Owl” (1860). Ferdinand was one of the first artists in Finland to make a living from art. Of the three brothers, it was he who distinguished himself by his most successful and long career, and then received the status of an old master and earned the respect of young artists.

Based on site materialsAteneum Art Museum, Helsinki.