The exhibition Art as an Attitude opens to the public on Friday, October 2, 2015, at the Amos Anderson Art Museum. This year is the 100th anniversary of the debut showing of architect Sigurd Frosterus’s post-impressionist art collection at the Ateneum. The Sigurd Frosterus Foundation has chosen to mark the occasion with an extensive exhibition of the Frosterus collection and of the life of this unique art collector. Frosterus, who was known also as an art critic, inspired numerous Finnish artists with his art theories and criticism. Among the most prominent were A.W. Finch (1854–1930), Magnus Enckell (1870–1925), Verner Thomé (1878–1953) and Sigrid Schauman (1877–1930).
Of central importance was Frosterus’s conception of art and its reflection in his art collection. The common thread running through the collection is Colourism and the interaction between pure and earthy, mixed colours. The core of the exhibition is the Frosterus collection itself, which was deposited at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in 1994. The exhibition has been augmented with artworks that over the years were removed from the collection, including Tyko Sallinen’s The Barn Dance(1917–1923), Verner Thomé’s In Borély Park (1909) and A.W. Finch’s Decorative Panel (1910) from public and private collections. The museum’s second-floor space for temporary displays will offer visitors a selection of works by Magnus Enckell, an artist who was close to Frosterus. The first display features family portraits that Frosterus commissioned from Enckell in 1909–10 and 1918. The second display focuses on Magnus Enckell’s monumental painting Man and Swan from the collections of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation.
A documentary film, produced by Franck Media, on the original and sometimes contradictory personality that was Sigurd Frosterus will be shown on the second floor. The exhibition catalogue, published by the Finnish Literature Society in Finnish, Swedish and English, contains articles by Kimmo Sarje, Susanna Aaltonen and Itha O’Neill.
Guided tours for the public in Swedish on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and in Finnish on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.