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Refugee, evacuee, human – a pop-up photography exhibition National Museum 15 Dec 2015 – 6 March 2016

Media release.
Published: 14-Dec-2015 10:56 am
Publisher: Kansallismuseo

The Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities present a pop-up photography exhibition with photos of refugees, evacuees, immigrants and migrants: people who have arrived in or left Finland over the course of several decades. Most of the photos are from between the 1920s and 1990s. The oldest photographs date back to 1893 and the most recent are from 2015.

The photographs are from the Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities and the Finnish Press Photo Archives JOKA. The most recent photographs have been taken by photographer Kaisa Rautaheimo of Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.

The oldest photographs from 1893 show Finnish immigrants leaving for the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States aboard the S/S Urania. The first quota refugees came to Finland from Chile and Vietnam in the 1970s.

Kaisa Rautaheimo has photographed the present refugee crisis for Helsingin Sanomat. The photos tell a story of the tens of thousands of asylum seekers who are now looking for security and a new life in Finland.

The exhibition will be open on the ground floor of the National Museum from 15 December 2015 to 6 March 2016. Admission to the photography exhibition is free of charge.

Media images: http://www.kansallismuseo.fi/fi/kansallismuseo/tiedotusvalineille/pakolainen-evakko-ihminen-valokuvanayttely

Preliminary information on the exhibition:
- Curator Aino-Maija Kaila, tel. +358 295 33 6362,
- Chief Intendant Ismo Malinen, The Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities, tel. +358 295 33 6382, ismo.malinen@museovirasto.fi


The National Museum of Finland, Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki.
Open Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm. Closed on 24–25 December 2015 and 1 January 2016.

Ticket office tel. +358 295 33 6901, Tue–Sun 11 am–6 pm.




The National Museum of Finland is the historic central museum of Finland with the core mission of archiving and sharing the nationally key capital of cultural history.
The museum family includes seven museums and two castles: National Museum of Finland, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Tamminiemi, Hvitträsk, Louhisaari Manor, Museum of Cultures, Maritime Museum of Finland, as well as Häme Castle and Olavinlinna Castle.

The National Board of Antiquities is responsible for protecting environments with cultural history value, archaeological culture heritage and architectural heritage, and other cultural property. It also collects and presents a culture historical national collection, studies material cultural heritage and both supports and develops the museum field nationally. 

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