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.

1.5. 12:00-17:00, 18.6. 11:00-16:00, 23.12. 11:00-16:00, 31.12. 11:00-16:00

Closed on 1.1., 6.1., 10.4.–13.4., 1.5., 19.6.–22.6., 6.12., 24.12.–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 The light installation is called Joki (The River) and is made up of local historical documents, pictures and words relating to river Kymi, which flow to greet the visitors.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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Along With, Kouvola artists’ society KOUTA’s 10th anniversary exhibition Poikilo Museums
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Along With, Kouvola artists’ society KOUTA’s 10th anniversary exhibition

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The artists’ society of Kouvola, Kouta ry, is celebrating ten years of activity throughout the Poikilo Art Museum. The exhibition provides a fascinating overview of the work by members of Kouvola artists’ society.

A total of 34 artists, representing a wide range of different genres, are represented in the joint exhibition.

The name of the exhibition, Along With, evokes the idea of sympathy. It emphasizes doing and achieving things together, and striving in the same direction. The name also refers to the River Kymi that flows through Kouvola and the local Kymenlaakso dialect. It is expressive of the joint exhibition, the communal spirit of the artists and their empathic way of experiencing the world.

Meet the artists Sat 15 February at 1 pm and Sat 28 March at 1 pm.

Video day: Kino Poikilo will show video art by KOUTA members, Sat 29 Feburary at 12 noon.

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Manor Houses of Kouvola

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The manors of Kouvola will enchant the whole family.

The Manor Houses of Kouvola exhibition, opening on 28 November in the Poikilo Museums, captivates viewers with its interiors. The exhibition shows what life was like on ordinary days, high days and holidays in Kouvola manor houses. Velvet, abundance, crystal, candlelight and silverware. Stories, photographs, magnificent artefacts and beautiful costumes.

Manors were at the forefront of social change. They contributed to the development of agriculture, industrialisation and civilisation. The exhibition highlights the implications for individuals and families.

Miss Jacobina Charlotta, a nineteenth-century lady of the manor, guides children through the exhibits. For children there is also a workshop and fun activity room.

Alexander Reichstein’s delicate figures will light up the park at Kouvola House from the opening up to 8 December.

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On behalf of nature Poikilo Museums
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On behalf of nature

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Works from the Heino Art Foundation collection 7 May to 30 August 2020 Poikilo Kouvola Art Museum

On behalf of nature presents different ways of portraying the landscape and nature through contemporary art.
It highlights a theme that is becoming more and more timely: the complex and contradictory relationship between humans and the environment. The artists include Petri Ala-Maunus, Axel Antas, Elina Brotherus, Ilkka Halso, Markus Rissanen, Kim Simonsson and Kristiina Uusitalo. Viewing these works can make us think: what can and should we do on behalf of nature?

The Heino Art Foundation collection is one of Finland’s foremost collections of contemporary art. It was put together by Raimo Heino, Kauppaneuvos (Finnish honorary title), Raini Heino and their son, the gallerist and art historian Rauli Heino. All the artworks in the collection have been selected by the Heinos themselves, based on their common preferences, and guided by their passion and love for art. For the Heinos art is not just an investment, but above all, it is spiritual capital.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Poikilo Kouvola Art Museum and the Heino Art Foundation.

Guided tours
Wed 20 May 5 pm
Wed 19 August 5 pm

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Treasures of Beauty

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Art from Emil Aaltonen's collection.

The Treasures of Beauty exhibition brings masterpieces from Finland’s golden age to the walls of the Poikilo Art Museum.  Emil Aaltonen (1869–1949) was a Vuorineuvos (an honorary title granted by the President of Finland) and he amassed an extensive collection of art from the 1910s to the 1940s. Its brightest gems are by paintings by Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Werner Holmberg, Hjalmar Munsterhjelm, Hugo Simberg, Maria Wiik, the von Wright brothers and Victoria Åberg, and sculptures by Johannes Takanen. The collection includes older international art.

Industrialist Emil Aaltonen became interested in culture and art at a young age. His success, first as a shoe factory owner and later in mechanical engineering and the plastics industry, enabled him to support the arts and sciences. According to Aaltonen, economic prosperity was possible only if the national culture was at a high level. The collection was influenced by Aaltonen’s views on beauty, aesthetics and spirituality. 

Guided tours
Wed 7 October 5 pm
Wed 2 December 5 pm

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Albert Edelfelt, Kirsikkatyttö (Cherry Girl), 1878. Image (c) the museum
Ferdinand von Wright, Näköala Leväsen maanviljelykoulusta (View of Levänen’s farming school) 1884, detail. Photo Petri Nuutinen

 
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