Life Under Threat


Animals are one of the oldest pictorial motifs – known already in prehistoric times. The exhibition presents visions of animals and nature from the 16th century to today. The artworks convey the relationship humans have had with animals and with nature through the ages. How do we perceive these works today? As humans, we also look at ourselves through animals. In the western worldview, animals and nature are viewed as something that exists for humans. In reality, humans are merely a part of the whole. The works in the exhibition examine the journey of humans in and as a part of nature. Understanding co-existence helps to preserve living space both for humans and for all other creatures.

So Shiseki (1715–1786): Kingfisher, woodcut. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen. 


Albert Edelfelt and the Romanovs

Red Cellar

This exhibition focuses on Albert Edelfelt’s lesser-known works related to the Russian Imperial family. The centrepiece is a portrait of Alexander III’s nephews, The Grand Dukes Boris and Kirill Vladimirovich as Children (1881) from the Rybinsk Art Museum collection. This painting, long thought to be lost, is being shown for the first time in Finland. Also on display are other captivating portraits of children from the Romanov family. The exhibition includes oil paintings, sketches and letters from the artist. The exhibition has been arranged together with the Finnish Institute in Saint Petersburg. The curator is the institute’s director, Sani Kontula-Webb.

Partners: The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Consulate General in Saint Petersburg, the Finland-Russia Society, the Friends of the Finnish Institute in Saint Petersburg, Finnair.

Albert Edelfelt (1854–1905): Children. The Grand Dukes Boris and Kirill Vladimirovich as Children, 1881. The Rybinsk State History, Architecture and Art Museum.