The Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion was completed in the summer of 2014 in the Joenniemi mansion’s milieu of great cultural and historic value. This new building tripled the museum’s exhibition space and also enabled new types exhibition activities that also display comtemporary art. Each year, Gösta’s Pavilion houses many solo and group exhibitions from both Finnish and foreign artists. Thematic exhibitions enable an artistic dialogue between the collections of the Fine Arts Foundation and pieces of contemporary art.
The architecture of the wooden-built extension has received many awards and plenty of appreciation. In addition to exhibition facilities, it houses a gorgeous scenic restaurant, a reception hall and a museum shop that sells a wide range of merchandise.
The mansion was originally built in 1935 for Gösta Serlachius to live in and for the entertainment of his guests. The ground floor of the red-brick building designed by architect Jarl Eklund has accommodated a museum since 1945. At the time of its opening, it was the seventh art museum in Finland. The whole building was opened as an art museum in 1984.
The exhibitions at the old mansion display the collections of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Art Foundation, which mainly collects masterpieces from the Golden Age of Finnish art. The beloved works of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Albert Edelfelt, Emil Wikström and Helene Schjerfbeck are well suited for this environment, built for a long-gone industrialist. When you’re here, you should also visit the mansion’s sculpture park, the Taavetinsaari island in front of Joenniemi and the land stewart’s old residence, the Autere cottage, which now serves as a summer café.
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Photos © The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation. These works are among the finest of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, but changing exhibition themes mean that they might not always be on display.