Treasures of Beauty

Treasures of Beauty

Poikilo Museums

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

Photos:

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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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.