Hanne Selkokari: A “Finnish” artist: Alexander Lauréus’s Position in the Finnish National Gallery’s Collection  

Alexander Lauréus’s art held a central position in the early years of the Finnish Art Society. His works created the basis for the museum’s collection.

  • 15.3.2023 at 18–19
in Finnish
Seminar hall
Tickets: with a museum ticket
18 €/ 12 €/ Museum Card. Entry is free for those under 18 years. Tickets are available at the ticket office on the day of the performance. 80 seats. No advance booking.
Alexander Lauréus (1783 – 1823): Streetview in Rome, unfinished, 1823. Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen.

The first Laureus´s works were acquired three years after the Finnish Art Society was founded in 1849: six of Lauréus’s own works and three copies made by him. The second important period of acquisition of Lauréus’s works began in the 1890s. At that time, art collector Eliel Aspelin began systematically buying the artist’s works from Sweden to bring them back “home”.

Hanne Selkokari, PhD, works as curator in the Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery. She has reseached the collecting of art, the history of museum collections and exhibitions and the travels of the art researchers.