28 October - 25 February

Produced by the Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, The Modern Women presents four leading artists of Finnish modernism: Helene Schjerfbeck, Sigrid Schauman, Ellen Thesleff and Elga Sesemann. From the late 19th century and for the greater part of the 20th century, these artists played a crucial role in Finnish art history. The exhibition will be presented in 2017 to celebrate the centenary
of Finland's independence.

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) is well known for her images, which were increasingly scaled back until only the most meaningful remained. The exhibition includes a series of portraits and several still lifes painted from the early 20th century until the years preceding her death.

Sigrid Schauman (1877-1979) was a landscape painter, who, in addition to studying for Helene Schjerfbeck, educated herself in Paris where she befriended Sonia and Robert Delaunay. She also spent time in Italy working with Ellen Thesleff. The exhibition features stylised landscapes saturated with colour and several nudes.

Ellen Thesleff (1869 -1954) began her career as a painter in a naturalist style. After encountering European modernism she was inspired by fauvism and expressionism. During long sojourns in France and Italy she developed her treatment of colour, which transformed her into a prominent depicter of light. In her landscapes, many of which are presented in the exhibition, nature is dissolved in a flowing colourful light.

Elga Sesemann (1922-2007) was an expressionist painter and an acclaimed colourist. A self-portrait and a cityscape are her contributions to the exhibition. 

30 September – 26 November 2017

Millesgården presents the exhibition In The Hidden by choreographer Cristina Caprioli.
Like a stain of crude oil, the black pleated cloth spreads out over the floor. A malleable surface which one can hide behind, be silenced by or in which one can make visible one’s place. The concept of the fold has a central place in the exhibition In the hidden and the reference to the clad nudity of the historical sculpture is explicit. Slide shows, films, soap, rags, “skin” and a publication together probe choreography’s covering of shapes, which speak most clearly when they are not un-covered.
A number of key issues relating to power are addressed, while the non-uncovering covering is put forth as a selectable strategy. The intention is to allow the artistic experience to hold a discourse on the hidden, in social, cultural and political terms.
In the Hidden forms part of the comprehensive artistic project cloth, designed by the independent organisation ccap.
The exhibition will be presented in the Artist Home at Millesgården.
Cristina Caprioli, born 22 October 1953 in Italy, is a Stockholm-based dancer and choreographer. In 2008 she was appointed Professor of Choreographic Composition at the Stockholm University of the Arts. She began choreographing in the mid 1990s and in 1998 she founded the independent organisation ccap which produces stage performances, installations, videos, objects,
publications and other forms of choreography.

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