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Kittilä and Levi have a lot to offer for culture lovers. Near Levi there is the chance to get to know the life works of many well-known local artists like Reidar Särestöniemi, Kalervo Palsa and Einari Junttila.
The Studio and Art Gallery of Reidar Särestöniemi (1925-1981) in the village of Kaukonen in Kittilä
The exhibitions in the unique museum area changed yearly and there are many of his works on display. In addition to the Art Gallery many events and concerts take place at the Museum.
On the Museum grounds there is the old Särestöniemi family farm with its main house and farm buildings, the Gallery and Studio, which were designed by Reima and Raili Pietilä in the 70’s. The impressive silver pine wood buildings represent modern Finnish wooden architecture that blends into the scenery. In the grounds there are also the foundation remains of the artist’s first Studio, which burnt down in a fire 1977.
At the gallery numerous of Särestöniemi’s works are continuously displayed and the exhibit is renewed once a year. At the Studio there are three to four exhibits per year. In the courtyard of the old Särestö farm – Vanha Särestö – and the buildings the story of the Särestöniemi family and about life in the North is told.
For the visitors of the Museum there is a Museum Gift shop and a Café with famous home-made buns and savoury snacks. The Café’s exhibit changes every month.
The Museum is open year-round Tue-Sat 12-18 and closed on public holidays. The Museum can also be opened upon special request made in advance
Further Information: tel. +358 (0) 16 654 480 or email@example.com Address: Särestöniemi-museo Särestöntie 880 99110 Kaukonen
The Palsa Museum is in the Centre of Kittilä in an area called Narikka. At the Studio the murals made by the artist are displayed. The Museum is open in the summer from the beginning of June until the end of September. Kalervo Palsa lived most of his life in Kittilä. He studied from 1972 to 1972 at the Helsinki Vocational School of Art and at the Finnish Academy of Arts from 1973 to 1977. He participated in his first group exhibition in 1967 at the Annual Exhibition of the Art Society Palas in Rovaniemi. In 1968 at the Kittilä Library he held his first private exhibition. His works were radical and, in his opinion,” It is not enough to paint flowers, you need to paint nooses also”. His works hardly sold so he made money by writing the speech bubbles for a Finnish publishing company’s - Yhtyneet Kuvalehdet- comics.
Further information: tel: +358 16 654 480. Address:Kivitie 14 b, 99100 Kittilä
Einari Junttila (1901-1975) born in Kittilä, was an internationally known and acknowledged lyrical realist, who was especially known as a watercolour artist. He also worked with oil paint and in pastel. Junttila is the earliest known artist from Kittilä who was true to his calling in interpreting the Lappish nature.
Einari Junttila was on of the most gifted Finnish pastel painters of the 1930s, when exhibits in Germany and Helsinki started his career as an artist. The artist gained international recognition and had invitational exhibits in Finland and abroad. In his art Junttila especially captured the old, original Lapland but also the more recent times. Lapland’s unspoilt nature and its mentality at its best is shown in his works. The subjects for his works he found around his home in Kittilä; in the fells, forest ponds, the streams, the swamps and meadows along the rivers. He provided the livelihood for his family of nine with his paint brush. He enjoyed hiking in the fells, in solitude, painting the sceneries of Lapland and its people for over 60 years until the day he died. Works he finished in the last days of his life are on display at the Museum.
The Einari Junttila Art Museum
The Art Museum is on the grounds of Einari Junttila’s home and work environment. He rebuilt his home after the war on the foundations of his home he built in the late 1930s. The Museum was opened 28.12.1991 on the anniversary of his 90th birthday. The founder and current owner of the Art Museum is his daughter Terttu Junttila. She has compiled the exhibit from several private collections. The Museum is open Thursdays 13-17 or upon request.
The artist’s works are found in collections at the Ateneum Art Museum, The Military Museum of Finland, The Kemi Art Museum, Kittilä Municipality (four historical works) and The Art Collection of the City of Rovaniemi. In addition, his works are found in collections of several other Art Museums.
Further information: tel: +358407034657, address: Sammontie 5, 99100 Kittilä (Kittilä municipality centre)
The Samiland Exhibition Centre at Levi Summit. Samiland is part of the UNESCO Observatory Cultural Village Programme. The Centre tells the story of the Sami people’s thousands of years old history, culture and mythology. At the indoor exhibit the differences between the Skolt Sami and the Mountain Sami are explained, the traditional sources of livelihood of the Sami people are shown and the ancient mythical creatures of Sami culture are presented. The exhibit outdoors shows Sami buildings and tells about reindeer herding. Samiland was opened in December 2011. All exhibits are in Finnish, English and Russian and the indoor exhibit is also in German and French. The Exhibition Centre is open daily year-round.
more information: www.samiland.fi, tel. +358 16 336 3000. address: Tunturitie 205
Works of the artist Sirpa Alalääkkölä are on display in the lobby – and conference areas of the Hotel Hullu Poro.
more information: www.sirpa.com
Cultural experiences also at the Levi weekly program! For example, Summer Weekly program has the Sami-Culture package to the reindeer farm in Lemmenjoki and the Siida-Sami museum in Inari or visit at the Ametist Museum and Mine. The traditional Gold Panning can be tried at Tonttula, Elves Village.
The Lappish culture is all about the living in the nature and silence. Hikes of different lenght give you an experience of these, for example the Overnight Hike to Hanhipirtti is all about the nature and silence as well as the Ultimate hammock relaxation at the Halipuu forest.
Click to see the Summer Weekly program