The intimate atelier of Finland's most famous artist concentrates on his African paintings from a two year family journey to British East Africa, now Kenya. His wife Mary enjoyed her happiest moments also there, the current exhibition of her life beside Akseli showcases her many activities at home in Tarvaspää and during many visits abroad. The small Art Nouveau building on a hill resembles a fairytale castle with winding, narrow staircases and peephole windows and was originally built as the artist's studio. The family lived in the older wooden villa next door now functioning as cafeteria and officies. In the 1920's after a total renovation and modernization the atelier became their home too. The great Kalevala paintings based on Finnish National mythology are on permanent show in the Ateneum museum, the frescos in the same theme in the entrance hall of the National Museum, both in the center of Helsinki. Tarvaspää is situated just accross the border of Helsinki by the sea in Espoo, by car you should drive from there.
The best connection with public transport is tram no 4 to Munkkiniemi and a brisk walk of 30 minutes through the wealthy neighbourhood, continuing by the seaside.
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