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Albert Edelfelt's studio

Culture in Porvoo

Porvoo is a cultural tourist’s oasis! There is plenty of versatile cultural offerings for many tastes. Porvoo has galleries, historical art, outdoor works and changing exhibitions.

In 2024, it will be the 170th anniversary of Albert Edelfelt’s birth, and this milestone will be celebrated prominently in Porvoo.

Albert Edelfelt 170, Porvoo Museum, Old Town Hall 9.6.2024−30.4.2026

In Porvoo museum, visitors can see the well-known and beloved oil paintings that belong to the museum’s collection, as well as other materials related to Edelfelt’s life in Porvoo.

Silhouette. The Long Outline, Porvoo Museum, Old Town Hall 9.6.2024−30.4.2026

Before the widespread use of photography, silhouettes, or shadow pictures, were a cheap and easy form of image creation, especially used for creating profile portraits. At the heart of the exhibition are 19th-century paper landscape silhouettes.

Porvoo triennal. Space is a common thing, Holm House 9.6.−1.9.2024

The Porvoo Museum welcomes the Porvoo Triennial to the Holm House, where works by Mette Björnberg and Jenni Tuominen will be displayed on the first floor.

Porvoo Triennal

Space is a common thing 9.6.-1.9.2024

The Porvoo Triennial is a city art festival held every three years. The triennial engages with different temporal and functional layers of Porvoo, infiltrates the city, and encounters and challenges people in everyday life and even unexpected situations. In 2024, art takes over urban space with the theme “Space is a Common Thing”.

Tove Jansson’s and Albert Edelfelt’s joint exhibition in Villa Albert, in Haikko, Porvoo in summer 2024

Year 2024 marks the 170th anniversary of the birth of the artist Albert Edelfelt. To celebrate the jubilee year, Edelfelt’s exhibition is joined by the works of another great and loved artist from Porvoo archipelago, the visual artist Tove Jansson. Tove, a favorite of many, also celebrates her jubilee year in 2024, as it is 110 years since she was born.

The theme of the summer exhibitions is “The Hidden Paradise of the Archipelago”. Albert Edelfelt found endless inspiration in the archipelago. Also for Tove Jansson the archipelago played a significant role throughout her life. The anniversary year at Villa Albert is celebrated with exhibitions that explore the artists’ relationship with nature and the archipelago.

Tove Jansson’s and Albert Edelfelt’s works are displayed at Villa Albert, in Haikko, Porvoo from May 7 to September 29, 2024.

The route in the footprints of Edelfelt

You can visit the places where the artist painted in Porvoo on foot or by bike.

Art in the streets of Porvoo
If you like art, buildings, culture, design, you’ll love Porvoo.

2024 exhibitions in Porvoo’s galleries and museums

Porvoo Art Hall
5.1. – 11.2. Alexander Salvesen
16.2. – 24.3. Sirja Moberg
29.3. – 5.5. Petra Vehviläinen
10.5. – 16.6. Sasha Huber / Petri Saarikko
21.6. – 31.8. Porvoo Triennale
6.9. – 13.10. Voi Veljet -työryhmä (Antti & Jukka Korkeila ja Paavo, Matti & Tarmo Paunu)
18.10. – 24.11. Pia Männikkö
29.11. – 5.1. Arja Kärkkäinen

Gallery Fikka
5.1. – 11.2. Johanna Pöykkö
16.2. – 24.3. Paola Guzman Figueroa
10.5. – 16.6. Huber/Saarikko
21.6. – 31.8. Porvoo Triennale

Gallery Kulma
5.1. – 11.2. Hannamari Matikainen
29.3. – 5.5. Anna Uschanov
10.5. – 16.6. Art school’s final exhibition
21.6. – 31.8. Porvoo Triennale

Gallery Vanha Kappalaisentalo
5.1. – 11.2. Saku Soukka
16.2. – 24.3. Sirkka Tapio
30.3. – 5.5. Paula Salmela
10.5. – 16.6. Petri Hytönen
20.6. – 31.8. Porvoo Triennale
6.9. – 13.10. Hanna Westerberg
18.10. – 24.11. Selma Haro
29.11. – 24.12. Helka Heinonen & Azar Saiyar

Art on the Westbank of Porvoo

The westbank of Porvoo river and its nearby blocks have become a public contemporary art gallery space open to everyone.

The art program has been made in interaction with municipal residents and local artist organizations. Its purpose has been to support the goals of high-quality construction in the region, to bring art into urban construction and to create forms of cooperation between art and construction that support the development plans of the region.

Since 2009, about 20 new works of art have already arrived on the westbank. The authors have been local Porvoo, other Finnish, Nordic and Russian artists.

Route through art in Porvoo street view

Along the route, in addition to works of art on the westbank, you can find famous historical people, the city’s history and contemporary art.

A guided tour adds on to your experience

Albert Edelfelt Studio Museum and Villa Albert

Porvoo Museum / Old Town Hall

Porvoo Tours

Porvoo Art Hall

Gallery Vanha Kappalaisentalo

J. L. Runeberg's Home

Porvoo’s virtual art museum is now open

Porvoo's virtual art museum

In the art gallery you can learn about the artworks and the artists who lived and worked in the city from the 20th century onwards. The latest artworks are from recent years. On display there are paintings, prints, and sculptures from the collections of the City of Porvoo and Porvoo museum.