VYBORG MON AMOUR
17.5.2013 - 16.3.2014
The Round Tower of Vyborg. Photo: Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
Vyborg mon amour
– emotions and stories at the Lahti Historical Museum
Vyborg is close to many Finns' hearts. It is the old hometown of some, while others may have a fondness for the town's historical buildings and townscape. And many keep returning to visit the modern-day Vyborg. The Vyborg mon amour exhibition of the Lahti Historical Museum illustrates the recent history of Vyborg through a wide range of pictorial material, music, works of art, and everyday objects. Fine arts fit well within all of the exhibition's themes.
The Finnish flag, lowered for the final time on 20 June 1944 in the tower of Vyborg Castle, guides the visitor to the colourful events in the history of this city of joy and sorrow. The collage of pictures reflected onto the walls combines nostalgic picture postcards and Eino Partanen's atmospheric photographs with excerpts from wartime documentaries and scenes of the present-day Russian Vyborg. Photo: Tiina Rekola / Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
The historical museum of Vyborg, Museum Wiburgense, in whose footsteps the Lahti Historical Museum follows, was on the edge of Torkel Knutson's Square. The Vyborg mon amour exhibition showcases objects – among them paintings, faience pottery, archaeological finds, and a rare set of bone armour – that have been transferred to the Lahti Historical Museum from Vyborg. Photo: Tiina Rekola / Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
The bone armour. Photo Tiina Rekola / Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
The visitor is introduced to the history of the Vyborg Art Museum and Drawing School through the works of art rescued from the art museum, which today belong to the collections of the Lahti, Hämeenlinna, and Lappeenranta art museums. The architecture of this museum building, designed by Uno Ullberg, is showcased in changing photographs. Photo: Tiina Rekola / Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
Ferdinand von Wright Eagle Owl Attacking a Hare (1860) Lahti Art Museum / Vyborg Foundation Collections Photo: Tiina Rekola / Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
Ambience of Torkkeli Park and Monrepos Park through pictures and music. Photo: Tiina Rekola / Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
One section commemorates those Finns who had to leave their homes to escape the war, objects from Vyborg that survived the long journey, and the stories related to them – some of which can be listened to through the headphones beside the vitrine. To set up this part of the exhibition, the museum organised a collection, for which a wide selection of items was donated from the Lahti region. For many, a key to a locked house has come to symbolise the lost Karelia. Photo: Tiina Rekola / Picture archive of Lahti City Museum.
Lahti Historical Museum
Lahdenkatu 4 (Ainopuisto)
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Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-1700