A famous sculptor of the golden age of Finnish art, Emil Wikström (1864–1942) built his Karelian style home and atelier in Visavuori, Sääksmäki at the beginning of the 1900s. This interesting log villa, now serving as a museum, is an excellent illustration of the national romantic artist’s life.
The area can be reached by car on the old route 3 and by boat or Finnish Silverline waterbus.
Organ and observatory
Visavuori is decorated with original furniture and fireplaces designed by the artist himself, among other objects. About 100 sculptures are displayed. The restored gardens of the villa are an in their own right. The organ and observatory of the villa illustrate the wide interests of the master. The area also houses a museum shop and a café in the old atelier foundry. The museum and changing exhibitions are open all year round. Various art and music events also take place here.
Kari’s legacy continues
Artist Kari Suomalainen (1920–1999) was Finland’s most famous political cartoonist. Emil Wikström was his grandfather. For the 100-year anniversary of Kari’s birth, the Kari pavilion of Visavuori has been renewed and will be opened in summer 2020. The Kari pavilion exhibitions present Kari’s unforgettable cartoons and other works.