Riihimäki Art Museum

Riihimäki Art Museum was founded in 1994. The founding was made possible by Mr Pentti Wähäjärvi (1912–1999), an antique and art dealer who donated his outstanding collection to the City of Riihimäki in 1993 together with his wife Tatjana. Riihimäki Art Museum was founded in 1994. The founding was made possible by Mr Pentti Wähäjärvi, an antique and art dealer who donated his outstanding collection to the City of Riihimäki in 1993 together with his wife Tatjana. The collection donated by Tatjana and Pentti Wähäjärvi includes a good 2500 pieces of art and other objects. The core of the collection is Finnish art, in particular from the years 1900–1970. In addition to Finnish art, the collection contains foreign paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as European graphics mainly from the period between 1950 and 1970. The collections of objects mainly contain porcelain and ceramics. Chinese objects form the largest entity, but also European porcelain and ceramics are represented. The collection also contains tin and copper objects, icons and furniture. Riihimäki Art Museum organises both national and international exhibitions of various types of visual art. The exhibition of the Wähäjärvi Collection is also regularly changed, because the collection is too large for all items to be shown simultaneously.