The Imatra Art Museum

 

Address: House of Culture Virta, Virastokatu 1, 55100 Imatra    Map >>>

Contact:  020 617 6713 (museum), 020 617 6702 (office), Fax: 020 617 6610, eero.laajo@imatra.fi

Open: September-May: Mon-Fri 9-19, Sat 10-15, eves 10-15. June-August: Mon-Thu 9-19, Fri 9-16, eves 10-15.

Services: Plenty of parking space

Admissions: free

 

 

INFO

The Imatra Art Museum was founded in 1951, largely through the efforts of Chartered Engineer Jari Sihtola (1882-1969). Sihtola accumulated a considerable art collection in his day and gave his support to local artists. Today, the museum forms part of the townís Directorate of Cultural Services and is located in the centre of Imatra, within the House of Culture Virta. Designed by architects Arto and Ari Sipinen, the House of Culture Virta also houses the town library along with the concert and meeting halls.
The exhibition areas are split between rooms featuring permanent collections and those where temporary displays are staged.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The museum´s collections offer the visitor a comprehensive view of 20th century art, with a special emphasis on the period up to the 1960s. Today, the Imatra Art Museum focuses in particular on contemporary art originating from south-east Finland. The collections consist of works owned by the Imatra Art Society and the town of Imatra. In summer 2002, the museum staged an exhibition devoted to the important Imatra collectioní accumulated by Sihtola. The display included works by Werner Thomé, Hugo Simberg, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Magnus Enckell.

 

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