The World of Hugo Simberg

3D virtual exhibition

Dive deeper into the imaginative world of Hugo Simberg (1873-1917). Simberg’s delicate gouache paintings come to life in a virtual environment, offering a unique experience where everything is at once strange and familiar. The exhibition is also available on Oculus Meta Quest in the App Lab.

For the best experience, explore the exhibition on a computer or TV screen. Admission is valid for 14 days, and once you click on it for the first time, it is valid 24 hours. After this, admission will no longer work. Do not activate it until you know that you will have time to explore the exhibition.

About the exhibition


Hugo Simberg is one of the most important artists of Finnish symbolism. Myths, fairy tales and imagination gave Simberg a new artistic language. It made it possible to express difficult and complex ideas as well as emotions. Although sometimes stylistically naive, Simberg’s works are not singilar in their explination, but contain multiple interlocking levels and layers of interpretation.  

This unique virtual exhibition presents Simberg’s light-sensitive, paper-based gouache paintings, which are subject to many limitations when displayed in a traditional exhibition space. The works were created in the late 1890s during Simberg’s early career as an artist, when he stayed in Ruovesi studying under Akseli Gallen-Kallela and travelled to London, Paris and Italy. The exhibition is curated by Marja Lahelma, PhD. The production company Donkey Hotel Oy and the animation studio Talking Animals have been partners in the realisation of the exhibition.

The exhibition is a significant step forward for the Finnish National Gallery, introducing innovative methods to share our collection with the public. The virtual environment allows the details of small-scale original works to be viewed at a much larger size and presented in an environment that does not follow the laws of the physical world. In other words, it is possible to provide an experiential space for the exhibition that draws on Simberg’s imaginative world. The World of Hugo Simberg is an enchanting journey that sweeps you away. 

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Guided virtualtours

There are no guided tours at this location.

How to visit

  1. Entrance anywhere

    You can enjoy the exhibits anytime, anywhere.

  2. Experiences together

    You can also book a guided tour for your group and experience the exhibition with a guide.

  3. Every exhibition is unique

    In you will find exhibitions from various museums around Finland. All exhibitions can be visited free of charge, for some you can buy a more extensive admission or book a guided tour.