Riihimäki Art Museum
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland28,069 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
The museum operates in a government office block built in 1963. The museum was opened to the public in 1995.

An art and antique dealer Mr. Pentti Wähäjärvi and his wife Tatiana donated their collection, 2000 pieces of art and other objects to the City of Riihimäki in 1993. A part of that is on display here and it is regularly changed because the collection is too large for all items to be shown simultaneously.

Now there were exhibitions: Female Artists and The Return of Birds - The Spring is coming. Both exhibitions display works mainly from Tatiana and Pentti Wähäjärvi Collection.

In the Female Artist exhibition were many paintings from Helene Schjerfbeck. She is a famous Finnish painter, most widely known for her realist works and self-portraits.

Beside these two exhibitions, there is a huge collection of Chinese porcelain.
Written 6 March 2018
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Yuriy R
St. Petersburg, Russia32 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Very interesting paints and sculptures about Finnish nature that I can saw in my sky passes. It is very easy to find.
Written 26 February 2018
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EijaMaija
Helsinki, Finland494 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
Nice amount (meaning not too much) of beautiful Finnish paintings. Interesting exhibitions. The one with the naivistic art from Kati Mikkola is just excellent. Spacious building with a lot of light. Even the initially reluctant teenagers of the family liked the colorful exhibitions of Mikola downstairs and the art-workshop upstairs.
Written 10 September 2016
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland24,908 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
The town of Riihimäki between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna is not seen as an important tourist place. If visitors stop here, it will be most of the time to have a look at the interesting Finnish Glass Museum. Other museums here are the Finnish Hunting Museum, the Town Museum (with local history), the small National Labour Movement Museum (by appointment) and the Art Museum.

The Art Museum opened in 1995 thanks to a donation by an antiquarian and art dealer couple in Helsinki. The core of the collection are Finnish paintings from the first half of the 20th century. What surprised me were the many paintings of flowers and the fact that a great majority of the painters were women from the Finland Swedish minority.

Most paintings are pretty average and one wonders how they made it into an art museum. But there are exceptions and two small portraits just caught my eye: 'The Parisian' and 'The English Lady'. My Finnish friend, with whom I visited the place, told me then about the painter Helene Schjerfbeck, whose paintings already reach high prices at international auctions. The next day I had the chance to see more of her work at the Serlachius Art Museum in Mänttä.

The permanent exhibition is on the upper floor of the museum, while on the ground floor are temporary exhibition (at the time of my visit a pretty awful collection by a female painter of our times).

There is an entrance fee and a little museum shop. Photography inside is not allowed.
Written 4 April 2016
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Kerava61 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
We drove up to Riihimaki to see the current exhibition "In Helene's Garden', flowers in art, mainly from the donation collection of Tatjana and Pentti Wahajarven. Flowers may seem mundane when art is concerned, however, this was fascinating. I never knew that flowers could sneak in and play hide and seek with the spectator. I kept returning to one canvas after the other, because I had missed the flower or flowers. The least romantic artists used flowers and reconsidering your prejudices is the best result of a museum visit.
Written 26 July 2015
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