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National Museum Temporary Exhibitions


Spirit of Budō, 11 April - 8 June 2014


Forthcoming:

Emperor Alexander III of Russia and Finland, 6 June - 14 September 2014

World of Religions - Museum of Cultures Exhibition, 24 October 2014 - 7 June 2015

Adventures in Siberia, 24 October 2014 - 1 February 2015

Finnskogar - Forest Finns, 28 November 2014 - early Autumn 2015


 

The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan's Martial Arts

11 April - 8 June 2014


 Armour of mogamidō haramaki type with helmet of suji-kabuto type, modern reproductions. Photo: the Japan Foundation.
Armour of mogami-dō haramaki (belly protector) type with helmet of suji-kabuto (veined helmet) type, modern reproductions.
Photo: Japan Foundation.
Mounted archer from the group of Yabusame samurais. Spirit of Samurai 2014 Yabusame-event. Photo: M. Moriyama / The Kansai Japan-Finland Society
Mounted archer from the group of Yabusame samurais.
Photo: M. Moriyama / The Kansai Japan-Finland Society
Tachi sword mounting of black lacquer. Date unknown, end of 19c. Photo: the Japan Foundation.
Tachi sword mounting of black lacquer. Date unknown, end of 19c. Photo: Japan Foundation.
The exhibition "The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan's Martial Arts" opens on Friday 11 April 2014 and remains open until Sunday 8 June 2014. The exhibition features richly decorated armour, helmets, sword mountings and bows. The oldest exhibits are from the late 1800s.

The exhibition introduces visitors to the history of Japan's martial arts, which began as skills that were needed on the battlefield. Over the centuries, martial arts became sports that develop both physical and spiritual skills.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Japan Foundation, the Embassy of Japan in Finland and the National Museum of Finland.

The exhibition includes tachi and uchigatana sword mountings from the late 1800s and modern reproductions of ō-yoroi (full armour) and mogami-dō haramaki-type (belly protector) armour and hoshi-kabuto (starhelmet), suji-kabuto (veined helmet) and kawari kabuto (strange helmet) helmets. The bows are from the 1900s.

The exhibition has previously been on display in India, Thailand, Russia, Turkey, the United States, Canada and several European and South American countries.

The exhibition is part of the "Spirit of Samurai 2014" event series, which will culminate in a horse-riding event in Helsinki on Laakso riding stadium on Sunday 1 June. The group of riding samurai of the Ogasawara family, which has upheld the tradition and Shinto ritual of Yabusame mounted archery for 32 generations, will give their first performance in the Nordic countries.
Read more: www.spiritofsamurai.com

The exhibition is on display in rooms 216 and 215 on the museum's 2nd floor, from 11 April to 8 June 2014.

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Spirit of Budō - Theme day, Sat 17 May

Spirit of Samurai 2014 Yabusame lectures, Fri 30 May


Spirit of Samurai 2014 event series
[the link leads to another webpage] www.spiritofsamurai.com

More information in English on the Japan Foundations webpage
[the link leads to foreign webpage] 
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/exhibit/oversea/traveling/budo.html

 

Forthcoming:

Emperor Alexander III of Russia and Finland - Imperial Summer Holidays

6 June - 14 September 2014

Emperor Alexander III and his spouse Dagmar also know as Maria Fjodorovna. Photo: National Board of Antiquities, The Picture Collections.
Emperor Alexander III and his spouse Dagmar also know as Empress Maria Fjodorovna.
Photo: National Board of Antiquities, The Picture Collections.


Embroided screen from 1885. Gift to Empress Maria from the women of Helsinki. Design by artists Albert Edelfelt and Gunnar Berndtson, embroidery by Sophie Snellman. Photo: National Museum of Finland, Soile Tirilä.

Embroided screen from 1885, detail. Gift to Empress Maria from the women of Helsinki. Design by artists Albert Edelfelt and Gunnar Berndtson, embroidery by Sophie Snellman. Photo: National Museum of Finland, Soile Tirilä.
The exhibition showcases the life and leisure of the Russian Imperial family through paintings, watercolours and period items. The exhibition includes portraits of the Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria painted by Ivan Kramskoi. Emperor Alexander III ruled Russia and served as the Grand Duke of Finland from 1881 to 1894. His Danish-born spouse Dagmar was also known as Maria Fjodorovna.

The exhibition is complemented by numerous period objects, such as glass and silver Fabergé items and items from the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St Petersburg. Some of the items from the collections of the State Russian Museum will be displayed in Finland for the first time.


Emperor Alexander III made a total of 31 trips to Finland, occasionally accompanied by artist Albert Benois, who painted the landscapes of these trips in watercolours. The exhibition also includes a few paintings of the landscapes of south-eastern Finland. A wholly different perspective is revealed by pieces that depict the Emperor's official life in St Petersburg and his coronation in Moscow.

The exhibition includes parts of the Emperor Alexander's and Empress Maria's personal washing set and a lavishly embroided screen given to the Empress as a gift in 1885, designed by artists Albert Edelfelt and Gunnar Berndtson and embroided by Sophie Snellman. The large screen which has never before been on display, was found in a shop in Moscow in 1930's and bought to the State of Finland.

The exhibition also includes a publication, which is available in Finnish, Russian and English from the Museum Shop.

The exhibition is a co-operation between The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, The Museum of Kymenlaakso in Kotka and the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki. The exhibition is also on display in The Museum of Kymenlaakso in Kotka from 14 February 2014 to 18 May 2014.

Preliminary information on the exhibition is provided during office hours by Curator Aino-Maija Kaila, tel. +358 40 128 6362.

The exhibition will be on display at the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki from 6 June 2014 to 14 September 2014 in exhibition room 132 on the museum's 1st floor.

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The Museum of Kymenlaakso in Kotka

 

Forthcoming:

World of Religions - Museum of Cultures Exhibition

24 October 2014 - 7 June 2015

 Kalimpong gumba Kuva Pilvi Vainonen Museum of Cultures exhibition of world's religions.
Religion, theory, teaching, view of the world - in different parts of the world and in the multicultural Finland.

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

The exhibition will be on display in rooms 131 and 132 on the museum's 1st floor, from 24 October 2014 to 7 June 2015.

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Museum of Cultures


 

Forthcoming:

Adventures in Siberia

24 October 2014 - 1 February 2015

The boat of Kai Donner on the river Ket in Siberia, Autumn 1912. Photo: National Board of Antiquities, The Picture Collections.

The boat of Kai Donner on the river Ket in Siberia, Autumn 1912.
Photo: National Board of Antiquities, The Picture Collections.
The exhibition by Museum of Cultures features photographs by researcher of Siberian languages and cultures Kai Donner (1888-1935) from his expeditions between 1911 and 1914. The year 2014 marks the centennary of his expeditions, which were done 100 years ago.

The manuscript to the photography exhibition is written by Professor Juha Janhunen PhD from The University of Helsinki and by photographer Peter Sandberg.

Preliminary information on the exhibition is provided during office hours by Reseacher Ildikó Lehtinen, Museum of Cultures tel. +358 (0)40 128 6433.

The exhibition will be on display from 24 October 2014 to 1 February 2015, in exhibition room 216 on the museum's 2nd floor.

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Forthcoming:

Finnskogar - Forest Finns

28 November 2014 - early Autumn 2015

Salt container made of birch bark. Photo: National Museum of Finland / Markku Haverinen.

Salt container made of birch bark. Photo: National Museum of Finland / Markku Haverinen.

The bottom of a wooden tankard from 1806. Photo: National Museum of Finland / Markku Haverinen.

The bottom of a wooden tankard from 1806. Photo: National Museum of Finland / Markku Haverinen.
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 Copenhagen, scholar of religion and Adjunct Professor Marja-Liisa Keinänen of Stockholm University and Curator Antti Metsänkylä from the National Museum of Finland.

Preliminary information on the exhibition is provided during office hours by Curator Antti Metsänkylä, tel. +358 40 128 6384.

The exhibition will open, in room 215 on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of Finland, 28 November 2014 and is open till early Autumn 2015.

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