The temple of the rural spirit

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I received this card via Postcrossing. It comes from Ulla from Finland. It pictures The temple of the rural spirit which is part of the Emil Cedercreutz museum in Harjavalta.

This museum that holds both art and cultural history exhibitions was founded in 1916. Thousands of people visit the museum every year.

The Emil Cedercreutz Museum and Cultural Centre is based on the life work of Baron Emil Herman Robert Cedercreutz (1879–1949). Emil Cedercreutz was a sculptor and a silhouette artist; his sculptures and reliefs can be seen in a number of public places around Finland. In his works, Cedercreutz often depicted work and life in the rural areas, and horses were one of his favorite subjects. The Harjula Artist’s Home is also one of his greatest achievements.

The Temple of the Rural Spirit, an ethnological museum, was founded to increase appreciation for rural work. The museum was once the largest local history and culture museum in Finland.

Cedercreutz also collected art, and in addition to his sculptures, the museum has a collection of Finnish and international art: paintings, graphic art, and sculptures from the late 1800s and the early 1900s.

 

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