Myth busters and travellers
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.