Mid-july, just after the Kangasala Swapmeet, we drove towards the city of Lahti, spent the night in an hotel and on Saturday morning went for a walk downtown. We had planned to go to two museums: the Poster Museum and the Historical Museum. Unfortunately the Poster Museum was closed for renovation. At the Historical Museum, we enjoyed the art exhibition ”Viipuri Mon Amour”.
Just before WWII, Viipuri, with a very active economy, was the second largest city of Finland, located in Carelia, 150 km north of Saint Petersburg and less than an hundred km from the Russian – Finnish border. Viipuri, founded in the middle ages was a modern city, with a great Art Museum. When WWII started and Russian troops invaded Eastern Finland, the population of Viipuri, of surrounding Carelia as well as businesses and part of the collections of the Art Museum were evacuated further away from the border and from the front line.
When Russia annexed Carelia, including Viipuri, at the end of WWII, 400 000 evacuated people and thousand of businesses were resettled in other parts of Finland. The evacuated collections of the Viipuri Art Museum were relocated in three Finnish museums, one of them in Lahti. Hence, most of the art works on exhibition were originally from the Viipuri Art Museum.
We saw a bunch of great art works but I litterally fell in love with one sculpture, called the ”Lynx in the spring snow” and made in 1935 by Jussi Mäntynen. I just could not keep my eyes away from it and I really whished I would be rich enough to buy it. The Museum staff was kind enough to let us take a few pictures of me and the Lynx.
I was wearing a cotton circle skirt, in turquoise, grey, black and red, with a red bustier top, turquoise, red and black bangles, red bakelite earrings, red ballerinas and raffia purse and belt. And my new blue eyeglasses.
I recently bought the skirt, from Debbie’s vintage stall at the Rockabilly Rave in June. The top is from Penny Lane vintage shop in Helsinki, and purchased early June as I was vintage shopping with Fran from Australia.
Lahti has more to offer than a couple of Museums, in particular for architecture lovers. We particularly liked the town hall, designed in 1911 by Eliel Saarinen (father of the famous architect and designer Eero Saarinen).
After Lahti, we continued to a small village in the countryside, Ruuhijärvi, for the Hep-Cat Hop, with five bands, DJ’s, a car boot sale, good food and so many friends…