In 2019, the City of Hämeenlinna will be celebrating its 380th anniversary. Founded by Per Brahe, the Swedish Governor General of Finland in 1639, the city has undergone huge change during its nearly four-century long history. Initially, the newly established city occupied just a modest strip of land by Lake Vanajavesi, flanked by Häme Castle. Since then, the city has expanded considerably and now also comprises the former municipalities of Hauho, Kalvola, Lammi and Tuulos.
The exhibition explores how the city and its sights have been captured by artists throughout the years. The exhibition takes an extensive look at Hämeenlinna, including the city, its castle and the surrounding countryside.
The city’s medieval Häme Castle has always been a popular subject for painters, while the region’s churches, markets, streetscapes, nature and rural scenes too have continued to attract both homegrown and visiting artists from the 18th century until present day.
Taisto Ahtola, Alarik Böök, Antti Favén, Väinö Kamppuri, Ivar Konstantin Kaskas, Johan Knutson, Egon Meuronen, Olli Miettinen, Ali Munsterhjelm, Hjalmar Munsterhjelm, Onni Oja, Yrjö Saarinen, Matti Savolainen, Viggo Wallensköld, Magnus von Wrigh, Yrjö Yrjölä and many more.