Poikilo Museums

Poikilo Museums

Kouvola Art Museum opened on 1 August 1987 when the second part of Kouvolatalo (Kouvola-house cultural centre) was completed. The Art Museum focuses on modern and contemporary Finnish art.

The Poikilo Museums in Kouvolatalo include Kouvola Art Museum and City Museum, Kouta Gallery and Poikilo Gallery.

The Art Museum focuses on modern and contemporary Finnish art.  The City Museum shows exhibitions related to the history of Kouvola.

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Poikilo Museums

Varuskuntakatu 11
45100 Kouvola

Tue - Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00, Mondays closed.

Closed on 1.1., 6.1., 14.-17.4., 23.-25.6., 6.12., 24.-26.12

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Kouvolan kaupunginmuseo Poikilo – City Museum

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The exhibitions of the City Museum showcase the history of Kouvola.

The Kouvola City Museum, based in the Kouvola House, was opened to the public in November 2015.  A media installation created by the internationally acclaimed artist Charles Sandison, who is based in Finland, has been installed in the staircase of the City Museum. The light installation is called Joki (The River) and is made up of local historical documents, pictures and words relating to river Kymi, which flow to greet the visitors.

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Kouvolan taidemuseo Poikilo – Museum of Art

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Kouvola Art Museum Poikilo is the only art museum in the Kymenlaakso region. The museum was opened in 1987. The museum’s exhibition spaces are located in the Kouvola House, which also houses the office of the Poikilo museums as well as the picture archives and customer service.

The museum of art shows changing exhibitions.

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Myth busters and travellers Poikilo Museums
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Myth busters and travellers

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In the exhibition inspired by Finland’s centenary, Myth busters and travellers, we consider traditional concepts of our people's origins, unity and thirst for culture, which are deeply rooted in Finnish thought.

These three myths are probed using texts, images and objects relating to the modern history of Kouvola.

The Finnish pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 is presented in the exhibition as raising national consciousness, but also as a bridge to Europe and a link to the other theme of the exhibition, travellers. You can ‘visit’ a 3D model of the pavilion developed by Aalto University's Media Lab.

The travellers section describes the internationalism and migration of people and families who moved to and away from the Kouvola region by telling their life stories. Th exhibition follows the now well-known Fabergé workmaster Alma Pihl (1888–1976) and inventor from Elimäki, Eric Tigerstedt (1887–1925). People left the Kouvola region to search for a better livelihood across the ocean. American immigrants’ stories show their fates were very different. Tales of Karelian evacuees also come up in the travellers section.

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How I've seen it Poikilo Museums
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How I've seen it

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Poikilo Kouvola Art Museum’s summer exhibition is a retrospective of four decades of Sirkka-Liisa Lonka’s work, from her 1980s pastels. In them, Lonka describes the landscape, the sea waves or marine life.

The exhibition title, How I’ve seen it, is very insightful. In a beautiful and intimate way, it takes us to the heart of Sirkka-Liisa Lonka’s work. Nature has been her source of inspiration and the subject of her art since the beginning of a career. Relationship with nature manifests itself in Lonka’s art as a complete experience. It simply changes form along with changes in life and influences from her travels. Nature is communicated on canvas or paper through the artist’s perceptions and emotions. Each painting represents her current state of mind, says Sirkka-Liisa Lonka.

Sirkka-Liisa Lonka pared down the style and form of her art during the 1980s. Her light and delicate paintings move naturally between figurative and non-figurative expression. Lonka herself describes working in pastels as a dance, which is more about ideas than an actions. Pastels stress the mood and movement in the moment, even through the traces of a single piece of chalk.

The underwater world is also expressed in Sirkka-Liisa Lonka’s paper creations dating from the 1990s and early 2000s, including jellyfish installations and seashells. Lush jungle flora and mysterious felines crept into Sirkka-Liisa Lonka’s art during the 2000s.

Meet the artist at Poikilo Kouvola Art Museum 15 June and 10 August at 1 pm.

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Alvar Aalto and the housing problem Poikilo Museums
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Alvar Aalto and the housing problem

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The Poikilo gallery in Kouvola City Museum a new exhibition opened on 4 June called The Housing Problem: Alvar Aalto’s domestic architecture. The small exhibition continues until September 22 to complement the Kouvola Housing Fair by presenting Aalto’s impact on housing.

Architects Alvar (1898-1976) and Aino Aalto (1894-1949) brought  advanced solutions, furniture and interiors to modern housing for several decades. Their goal was to promote good housing conditions and ease the daily life of the inhabitants in both individual town houses and mass-produced apartments, regardless of their social status. The starting point was the use of space, as well as practical, light and flexibile furnishing.


Alvar Aalto’s work is characterized by the link between houses or apartments and nature. His buildings consisted of standard elements of different sizes, adaptable to local conditions - family houses blended into the landscape, and he sought to link small dwellings to their own outdoor space. Aalto designed the homes for the residential zones linked to industrial areas, where houses were naturally located in accordance with the hierarchy of the factory community. These include the residential areas designed for employees of the Anjala paper mill and Ingerois board mill and the small apartment buildings and terraced houses at Sunila in Kotka.


During more than 50 years of his career as an architect Alvar Aalto designed a considerable number of public and residential buildings. In addition to mass-produced houses he designed unique private homes for friends such as Villa Mairea for Harry and Maire Gullichsen and Villa Kokkonen for the composer Joonas Kokkonen.


The exhibition was created by the Alvar Aalto Museum. The display comprises architectural drawings and photos, in addition to some objects and furniture designed by Aino and Alvar Aalto.

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