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The Imatra region was depicted in paintings and drawings already in the 19th century by artists such as Severin Falkman, Albert Edelfelt and Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
In the 20th century, Imatra was immortalised in paintings by many prominent artists who visited graduate engineer Jalo Sihtola (1882-1969) in Harakanhovi in Tainionkoski. Among these artists were Mikko Oinonen, Väinö Kamppuri, Uuno Alanko, Otto Mäkilä, Juho Mäkelä, Aimo Kanerva and Tuomas von Boehm.
Jalo Sihtola made a significant difference for the arts in Imatra. He can be considered both the founder of Imatran taideyhdistys (Imatra's art association) and Imatran taidemuseo (Imatra art museum). The art museum was opened in 1951 in the exhibition space constructed on the top floor of the school in Vuoksenniska.
Currently, the museum is located in Mansikkala in the cultural centre designed by architect Arto Sipinen and completed in 1986.
The collection of the art museum consists of altogether more than 1,400 works owned by the City of Imatra and the Imatran taideyhdistys. The collection focuses on Finnish art from the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Sihtola's Imatra collection is significant on a national level. It contains nearly 400 works of Finnish, Swedish, French and Italian modernist art from the 20th century. Sihtola's Imatra collection includes works that have belonged to Jalo Sihtola.
The works have been donated and sold by Jalo Sihtola and donated or gifted by Ester and Jalo Sihtola's art foundation and private individuals.
The collection includes works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg as well as the following artists from the early 20th century: Magnus Enckell, Verner Thomé, A. W. Finch, Yrjö Ollila, Mikko Oinonen, Tyko Sallinen, Juho Mäkelä, Eero Nelimarkka, Väinö Kamppuri, Uuno Alanko and Wäinö Aaltonen.
The 1950s, known as the decade of modernism, is well represented by a comprehensive selection of Tuomas von Boehm's works. Other artists included are Otto Mäkilä, Ole Kandelin, Tapani Raittila, Helge Dahlman, Anitra Lucander, Ina Colliander, Aimo Kanerva, Per Stenius, Olli Miettinen, Unto Pusa, Unto Koistinen and Sam Vanni.
The museum's exhibition and art education operations are focused on Finnish visual arts from the 20th century and works from southeast Finland, in particular. The museum organises exhibitions on compiled works annually and approximately ten temporary exhibitions and lecture series on visual arts and architecture per year.
Kaakkuri is a blog focused on visual arts from southeast Finland. It is published by the Lappeenranta Art Museum, Imatran taidemuseo and Poikilo, i.e. the art museum in Kouvola, and Galleria Uusikuva, which is part of the cultural services in Kotka, as well as Maritime Centre Vellamo.
The Kaakkuri blog can be found at https://www.blogger.com/profile/05969356949270601474 (in Finnish)