The music of composer Jean Sibelius (1865‒1957) and the original musical manuscripts exhibited for the first time open a window on the Sibelius era. The original materials exhibited include the Lemminkäinen Suite, the Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5, which are at the core of Sibelius’ oeuvre. Sibelius’ international importance is reflected in Andy Warhol’s (1928‒1987) drawing of him, exhibited in Finland for the first time.
The exhibition will feature almost 130 artefacts. It coincides with the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth. Parts of the exhibition are also available online as a mobile application athttp://sibelius.kansallismuseo.fi/en
The theme of the exhibition is the life of composer Jean Sibelius seen through his music and compositions.
The items displayed include original music manuscripts, sheet music, and concert programmes from the National Library as well as letters and bills of exchange from the National Archives. Also on display are suits and dresses that belonged to Jean and Aino Sibelius from the National Museum and artefacts from Ainola.
The exhibition is a joint effort between the National Museum, National Library, National Archives and Ainola.
The Finnish Literature Society (SKS) has published a trilingual exhibition publication One must live every note, which is available in the museum shop. Public events are also linked to the exhibition.
One must live every note. Jean Sibelius's decades in music. Edited by Timo Virtanen. ISSN 2343-1180, price 38 €. Richly illustrated, hardback, 288 pages. SKS 2015.
Displayed in rooms 127–132 on the first floor of the National Museum, the exhibition is open from Friday 16 October 2015 to Sunday 13 March 2016.