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Silent Beauty: Nordic and East-Asian Interaction

Ateneum, Helsinki


Spanning paintings, ceramics, textiles and architectural designs, this exhibition reveals how Nordic production was influenced by Japonisme from the mid 19th century – while also exploring how the clean, simplified aesthetic of artists and designers from Finland, Sweden and Denmark has in turn influenced East Asian art over the course of the 20th century. Find out more from the Ateneum’s website. 

Preview the exhibition below | View Apollo’s Art Diary here

Winter Landscape, Otalampi (1951–52), Aimo Kanerva. Photo: Finnish National Gallery/Hannu Pakarinen.

Untitled (1959), Zao Wou-Ki

Untitled (1959), Zao Wou-Ki. Photo: Finnish National Gallery/Hannu Aaltonen

Maljakko (1903), Alfred William Finch.

Vase (1903), Alfred William Finch. Photo: Finnish National Gallery/Hannu Pakarinen

Takeo Karatsu bowl (late 18th century–1900), Japan.

Takeo Karatsu bowl (late 18th century–1900), Japan. Photo: Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo

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