The 2015 is the 150th anniversary of three important Finnish artists: Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Pekka Halonen and Jean Sibelius. In February I published an article about Akseli Gallen-Kallela and now it is Pekka Halonen’s turn.
Pekka Halonen (1865-1933) is one of the most loved Finnish artists from the “Golden Era” of Finnish art. Halonen was active in time when the national romantic movement served to create a sense of nation for the Finns who reached the independency in 1917. Halonen studied in Helsinki, but according the ideals of the time, he moved into a gorgeous wooden building by the Lake Tuusula. The building was designed by Halonen himself and it was built between 1899 and 1902. The surrounding nature inspired Halonen, who loved to paint nature and snowy forest views. (In the museum of National Bureau of Investigation there is a collection of fake paintings. My favorites are the fake Halonen paintings done in Thailand, where the colors are so wrong that it looks like someone would have peed on the snow.)
Today Halosenniemi is a museum open to public all year round. The building was restored in 1990 to its original outfit, and the place is definitely worth to visit. The main hall, Halonen’s atelier, has a huge, two-story-high window that allows the natural light to enter. The building definitely represents Finnish wooden architecture and craft traditions from the early 1900’s in its best. I love the little details, specially the oven doors are all unique and have a story to tell. (check out one in my instragram)