Järvenpää Art Museum


Suviranta as the Järnefelt's artist home

1.3. – 30.9.2020

An exhibition about the atelier villa of artist Eero Järnefelt in Järvenpää as a place for art and a home.

“Yes, it would be fun to be able to live in the countryside in spacious rooms and have enough time.” Eero Järnefelt to his wife Saimi on March 25, 1898.

Eero (1863–1937) and Saimi (1867–1944) Järnefelt’s dreams of their own home in the countryside came true when they bought a plot of land on the shores of Lake Tuusula from Järvenpää Manor and built a villa known as Suviranta in 1900–1902. The architecture of the house, designed by Usko Nyström, is influenced by the international art nouveu style as well as the ideas of the English Arts and Crafts movement, which wanted to see homes as a work of art.

The Suviranta villa has remained almost the same to this day, although the house has always been an inhabited home. The exhibition tells the 120-year history of the artist’s home through the artists and families who lived there. On display are works by Eero Järnefelt and his daughter Laura Järnefelt from the collections and private collections of the Järvenpää Art Museum. Works that visitors have not been able to see before have also been brought to the exhibition from Suviranta.

The stages of building the house and the story of the wallpapers are also highlighted, with the help of recent research. Not forgetting the magnificent garden, the more than 100-year-old smoke sauna or the colorful guests and neighbours. The exhibition perfectly complements the visit to Suviranta, which is open three times a week during the summer season with guided tours for visitors. Read more about Suviranta here.

Entrance fee 7/6/4 € or Museum Card, under 18 free admission.

Järvenpää Art Museum
taidemuseo (at) jarvenpaa.fi
Kirjastokatu 8
04400 Järvenpää
tel. 040 315 3881