I am not I – Famous and Forgotten Portraits


The exhibition I am not I approaches portraiture through a range of different themes and perspectives, while also providing an insight into the history and development of the genre. Themes explored include power and identity as well as memories and their preservation. The works on display cover the full range of portraiture, from imposing portrayal of royals and other powerful figures to intimate depictions of families, along with artists’ own self-portraits. In addition to well-known persons and notable figures of their day, the exhibition features not only portraits of people whose identities have faded into obscurity over the years, but also portraits that for some other reason have been consigned to oblivion.

Eric O. W. Ehrström (1881-1934) Omakuva / Självporträtt / Self-portrait, 1933. Kansallisgalleria, Finlands Nationalgalleri, Finnish National Gallery Kuva / bild / photo: Kirsti Halkola

Eric O. W. Ehrström (1881-1934), Self-portrait, 1933. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Kirsti Halkola.

The time period covered by the exhibition extends from the 16th century until present day. The works include some of the earliest known portraits, the Fayum funerary masks, which were painted on wood during the subject’s lifetime and later placed over the mummy’s face.

The exhibition includes several rare works that have not previously been displayed in public, including Lorens Pasch the Younger’s (1733–1805) portrait of King Gustav III of Sweden (1783). The Royal High Court of Vaasa was founded in 1776 and to mark the occasion, King Gustav III donated his portrait to the institution. It is currently displayed in the court’s main chamber, and normally accessible to only a few people.

Lorenz Pasch (1733-1805) Kustaa III / Gustav III, 1783. Vaasan hovioikeus / Vasa hovrätt Kuva/bild/photo: Kansallisgalleria/Petri Virtanen

Lorenz Pasch (1733-1805), Gustav III, 1783. Vaasa court of appeal. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen.


The exhibition also features highlights that will remain on display for a limited period only. The first highlight is a series of works themed around former President of Finland, Urho Kekkonen, including a portrait by Ilya Glazunov from 1973, self-portraits created under the tutelage of Finnish artist Kimmo Pyykkö as well as a further self-portrait from 1975. The Urho Kekkonen highlights will be on display 8 June–3 September 2017.

The second highlight is a portrait of former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, painted by Rafael Wardi. It will be on display as part of the exhibition 5 September–29 October 2017. The third highlight comprises portraits of a further two former Finnish presidents, Carl Gustaf Mannerheim and P. E. Svinhufvud painted by Eero Järnefelt. These can be viewed 31 October–31 December 2017.

The exhibition will be complemented by a catalogue exploring the works and themes from a range of new and fresh perspectives. The contributors are Finnish and international experts in their field.

Artworks have been received on loan from private and public collections as well as the Finnish National Gallery’s own collection. The exhibition is part of the official programme on the centenary of Finland’s independence.




Andrea Angione
Terribilis est locus iste

21 SEPTEMBER 2017 – 28 JANUARY 2018

The Italian photographic artist Andrea Angione’s exhibition Terribilis est locus iste features eight large scale works. The ordinary people of the streets are the real protagonists of these dramatic pieces, which show great technical virtuosity and refer in a bold manner to Caravaggio and other Old Masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Andrea Angione was born in Orbetello (Tuscany) in 1977. After he graduated he took his first steps as a director and made several short films. He studied dramaturgy, direction and photography at the Cinema School of Grosseto and at the Cinema National School in Florence. In 2006 he won the first prize at Capalbio Cinema contest in the junior category, as director of the short film Insieme (Together), which was a co-working project with the pupils of a primary-school class.

Working in the area of film and cinematography led to digital photography and he soon developed a remarkable personal technique, in which painting and photography fuse completely into each other. Angione´s use of light emphasizes the dramatic and symbolic content of his art works.

After his first exhibition as a photographer, Terribilis est locus iste (Porto Ercole, 2009), he received the opportunity to show his works at Palazzo Barberini in Rome (2009) and at Galleria Permanente in Milan (2009). The same year he won the important award Premio Arte Mondadori (1 Prize, photography category). Two further exhibitions – Nec spe nec metu(Porto Ercole, 2010) and Fortitudo Mea in Luce (Capalbio, 2011) – put him in the spotlight and were greatly appreciated by the audience as well as the critics.

Kuva/bild/photo: Andrea Angione: Crocifissione di S. Andrea. Digital photography on Canvas, 263x198 cm.

Andrea Angione: Crocifissione di S. Andrea. Digital photography on Canvas, 263×198 cm.