Per Stenius (1922–2014) first received renown at the turn of the 1940s and 1950s as a representative of a dynamic new generation of artists. Exploring the interplay between the figurative and the abstract, Stenius came to be known as a preeminent Finnish modernist.
Stenius withdrew from the public eye at an early stage, however, and travelled extensively. His absences from the country and shying away from publicity resulted in Stenius remaining relatively unknown as an artist, despite his long career and popularity among collectors.
The exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum is a crosscut of Stenius’s artistic career. It was initiated by a group of close friends of the artist, who formed a working group that has been collecting information on Stenius’s life and work since 2014. The works in the exhibition are on loan from Finnish museums and private