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Lapinlahti Art Museum

The Lapinlahti Art Museum’s key words are regional and timely. Exhibits realised in collaboration with the Lastu Culture Centre for Children, intended for children and youths, are also central to the museum. The museum has about 12 changing exhibits each year in addition to its permanent collection of works by the Halonen Artist Family.

The Lapinlahti Art Museum’s summer exhibits have been nationally recognised in the Finnish art world. Exhibits have varied from master’s paintings from the Golden Age to original works by illustrators of children’s books.

The museum is located in a building completed in 1976 that was designed by architects Esa Koivuniemi and Georg Bystroff.

The Halonen Museum Foundation was founded in Lapinlahti in 1971. The purpose of the foundation is to further art as a hobby and art appreciation, cherish the Halonen artist family’s memory as well as manage museums. The Halonen Museum Foundation maintains the Lapinlahti Art Museum and the Eemil Halonen Museum. The foundation is led by an 18-member committee and a six-member board of directors.

Permanent Collection

The Halonen Museum Foundation’s collections included a total of about 5,000 pieces, most of which have been gifts. There are seven collections overall, the Art Collection, the Arseni Collection and the Eemil Halonen Collection as well as Anna Halonen’s textile collection, Anita Leskinen’s coin collection, the Textile Collection and the General Collection.

You can browse through the Art Collection and the Arseni Collection on these webpages. The Art Collection includes 410 pieces. Its focus is modern Finnish art and particularly the Halonen artist family’s works. The Arseni Collection includes 250 pieces and emphasises modern Finnish art.

Collection information is constantly updated.


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Opening hours

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The Art Museum’s shop is open when exhibits are open. The museum shop offers art and historical publications, postcards, posters, ceramics, jewellery and much more. Local artists’ works are also sold there

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The following travelling exhibition for children is currently available for loan:

Touch art
Lastu Culture Centre for Children

What does a bronze sculpture weight, what does the surface of a painting feel like, how is a graphics plate engraved? Answers to these questions are part of the Touch Art exhibit.

The exhibits’ pieces are meant not only for viewing, but in most cases for touching. The exhibit introduces methods and tools used in painting, sculpting and graphics. Examples of each process are on display. Each process also offers an opportunity to touch: the surface of a painting, the weight of a bronze sculpture and the characteristics of graphics become clear for even the youngest visitors.

The exhibit includes works by painter Seppo Kääriäinen, sculptor Kirsi Siponen and graphic artist Marja-Liisa Tikkanen. The Touch Art project was realised in collaboration with the Lastu Culture Centre for Children and received support from the Children’s Culture Division of the Central Art Commission.

The goal of the Touch Art project is to further the availability of art for children in the northern Savo area. Because it may be difficult for children to travel to museums we want to bring the exhibit to them. The project created the portable Touch Art exhibit, which schools can order. The exhibit is packed in three crates that will fit in a passenger car. Each school can select what it wants to display from among the contents.

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