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National Museum temporary exhibitions

The World of Religions, 31 October 2014 - 7 June 2015

Finnskogar - Forest Finns, 28 November 2014 - 16 August 2015

Forthcoming:
Brilliant!, 18 September 2015 - 1 February 2016
Composer Jean Sibelius 1865 ‒ 1957, 16 October 2015 - 13 March 2016

 

The World of Religions - the new exhibition of the Museum of Cultures

31 October 2014 - 7 June 2015


The World of Religions logo, design Jenni Reuter.

SKM Uskontojen maailma 5 STi 2014
Detail from the exhibition.
Photo: National Board of Antiquities / Soile Tirilä.
SKM Uskontojen maailma 2 STi 2014
Detail from the exhibition.
Photo: National Board of Antiquities / Soile Tirilä.
The new exhibition of the Museum of Cultures focuses on religions, an ancient but ever-topical subject. In addition to the world's religions, the exhibition sheds light on multicultural Finnishness, in which a wide spectrum of religions has firmly established itself.
The exhibition includes objects like sculpture and ritual equipment, modern amulets to hang on the rear-view mirror, and pilgrimage mementoes.

The exhibition presents
Christianity, Islam and Judaism, which originated in the Middle East, the Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Shinto as well as Chinese religions. Also introduced are Earth religion, new religious movements, atheism and syncretism.

What does religion mean?
The definition is not self-evident. Many religions involve an idea of supernatural holiness, some are considered atheistic, and others believe that everything has a spirit. Some religions are based on old traditions linked with certain peoples or geographical areas, while others were established by real persons. What religions have in common is that they offer an explanation of the world and the world order and a foundation for shared activities and religious experience.

As a contrast to the distinguishing features, the theme sections present common themes shared by many religions. These include praying, sacrifices, ritual purity, celebrations and seasonal rituals, life after death, the cult of the deceased, asceticism, pilgrimage, happiness, protection and missionary work.

For school groups
, there will be online material in Finnish showing the significance of various symbols in different religions. Many of these are also familiar to Finnish children and young people - who would not recognise the swastika, an ancient solar symbol?
Online material in Finnish at The Museum of Cultures webpage.
Video material in Finnish and in English at The Museum of Cultures webpage.

The exhibition also includes an illustrated publication in Finnish (84 pages, price € 24 euros), which can be bought at the Museum Shop.

More information on the exhibition is provided by Curator Pilvi Vainonen, Museum of Cultures tel. +358 (0)40 128 6432.

The exhibition is on display in rooms 131 and 132 on the museum's 1st floor, from 31 October 2014 to 7 June 2015.

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Video material in Finnish and in English

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Finnskogar - Forest Finns

28 November 2014 - 16 August 2015


Finnskogar - Forest Finns exhibition emblem
Finnskogar - Forest Finns exhibition emblem.
Chair from Östmark in Sweden. Photo: National Board of Antiquities, Matti Huuhka
Chair from Östmark in Sweden. Photo: National Board of Antiquities, Matti Huuhka.
Juhoila farm in Sweden. Photo: Helmi Helminen 1930
Juhoila farm in Sweden. Photo: Helmi Helminen 1930.
The exhibition tells the story of Finns who moved to uninhabited forests regions in Sweden and Norway in the late 1500s and 1600s to practice slash-and-burn farming. They maintained their unique culture and their own language amongst the native population for a long time. Later on, they melded into the main population.

The exhibition is based on items acquired for the National Museum of Finland by Astrid Reponen (M.A.) during a vocabulary collection trip in 1932. The objects have not been exhibited previously.

The exhibition tells the story of the residents of the 'Finn forests' (Finnskogar), the 'forest Finns' (in Swedish: skogsfinnar); why they left and what their life was like in their new home. In addition to the exhibits, visitors to the exhibition get to experience the old Finnish language spoken by the forest Finns, their Finnish-style place names and their beliefs and spiritual traditions.

The exhibition script has been written by linguist Paula Andersson from the University of Helsinki, name researcher and Associate Professor Emeritus Tuula Eskeland of the University of Copenhagenin in Denmark, scholar of religion and Adjunct Professor Marja-Liisa Keinänen of Stockholm University in Sweden and Curator Antti Metsänkylä from the National Museum of Finland.

The exhibition also includes events and a publication in Finnish and in Swedish, which can be bought at the Museum Shop.

Read more of the exhibition

The exhibition is open, in room 215 on the 2nd floor of the museum, from 28 November 2014 till 16 August 2015.

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  Forthcoming:

Brilliant!

18 September 2015 - 1 February 2016

 
  The Finnish Goldsmith Association 110 Years - Jubilee Year Exhibition.
Modern jewellery from 1960's onwards by 30 goldsmiths of The Year and photographs by Sanna Majuri.


Goldsmith of The Year since 1987:
Matti Hyvärinen, Karl Laine, Berndt Lindholm, Raimo Nieminen, Markku Mäki, Markku Laulaja, Morris Lindblom, Jukka Ailio, Juha Janger, Alpo Tammi, Pekka Kiviluoto, Toivo Valkama, Kirsti Doukas, Arvi Kämäri, Pekka Piekäinen, Juha Koskela, Jouni Salo, Kristian Saarikorpi, Esko Lindroos, Tiina Arkko, Rauno Tynkkynen, Tony Granholm, Ari-Pekka Rantanen, Pekka Kulmala, Carina Blomqvist, Essi Pullinen.

The exhibition will be open, in room 216 on the 2nd floor of the museum, from 18 September 2015 till 1 February 2016.

Preliminary information on the exhibition:
- Head of Exhibitions Minerva Keltanen tel. +358 (0)40 128 6463, minerva.keltanen(at)nba.fi
- Curator Aino-Maija Kaila tel. +358 (0)40 128 6362, aino-maija.kaila(at)nba.fi

The Finnish Goldsmith Association

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  Forthcoming:

Composer Jean Sibelius 1865 ‒ 1957

16 October 2015 - 13 March 2016


Preliminary information on the exhibition:
- Head of Exhibitions Minerva Keltanen tel. +358 (0)40 128 6463, minerva.keltanen(at)nba.fi
- Curator Aino-Maija Kaila tel. +358 (0)40 128 6362, aino-maija.kaila(at)nba.fi

- Chief Intendant Jouni Kuurne tel. +358 (0)40 128 6381, jouni.kuurne(at)nba.fi
- Curator Outi Flander tel. +358 (0)40 128 6383, outi.flander(at)nba.fi