Towards the end of the nineteenth-century, European artists began to express a new profound interest in their unique local pasts and cultural inheritances. This growing sense of identity prompted a major flowering of Nationalist debate concerning the fast disappearing regional cultures throughout Europe. This was a discourse largely shaped by the desire within several countries for cultural and artistic, and ultimately social and economic, independence.

The project and its aim:

Established in 2009, the ‘European Revivals’ research project aims to reflect upon these national revivals in Europe, where art historical scholarship on the subject has already been broadly established. However, there has never been a joint project that examines this phenomenon on a wider-scale and that has sought to analyse the multifarious connections and correspondences, which helped shape the identities of each of these modern nations. The ‘European Revivals’ project, therefore, aims to study and show the similarities and differences of these countries for the first time on a European-scale and will explore different aspects at each conference. ‘European Revivals’ will continue to 2017 and will end with a publication and an international exhibition.

European Revivals – Modern Identities, International Conference will be held the 10th – 12th October 2012. Our aim is to continue the project in Helsinki by drawing National Museums and Galleries and scholars together in the second European Revivals Conference at Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery.

The Modern Identities Conference will be accompanied by an extensive exhibition on Helene Schjerfbeck (1862−1946). The major retrospective exhibition shows artworks throughout her career from the 1870s to 1940s. The exhibition is open to delegates during the conference.

See the conference programme

Booking fee:
60 euros (speaker) or 100 euros (delegate) participating in the excursion
30 euros (speaker), 50 euros (delegate)

70 euros (student) participating in the excursion
30 euros (student) without the excursion

Conference fee will include the Reception on Wednesday, visiting the Ateneum Art Museum and Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) exhibition, the conference programme (Wed-Fri) and coffee/tea.

Conference fees exclude: travel, accommodation and lunch (Thu-Fri).

The Excursion day on Saturday will include lunch, refreshments and visits to the museums and transportation.

Registration form and payment info

For further information please contact:

Conference Producer Anu Utriainen
tel. +358 9 17336 385, mobile +358 40 673 5064
Finnish National Gallery
Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Curator Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff
Finnish National Gallery
Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki, Finland