Helsinki City Art Museum

For the Athos exhibition of Byzantine Art, which was the Museum´s major exhibition for 2006. The exhibition (August 2006 - January 2007) featured 200 objects, including icons, manuscripts, liturgical objects and artifacts created in and used in monasteries from the Holy Mountain of Athos.

The exhibition portrayed the culture, artistic treasures and rich visual language of life on Athos Mountain as expressed through icons and relics as well as through diverse documentation and photographic material. The objects on display included 1,000 year-old icons not previously exhibited abroad and works from the monasteries of Mount Athos, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, as well as from museums in Russia, Serbia and Germany. Educational programs, a seminar with international participants and a catalogue accompanied the exhibition.
The Helsinki City Art Museum is administered by the City of Helsinki and has three locations throughout the City - the Art Museum Tennis Palace, the Art Museum Meilahti and Kluuvi Gallery. The Museum is unique in Finland, offering international and culturally diverse exhibitions of both historical and contemporary relevance. The Athos exhibition took place at the Art Museum Tennis Palace location.