Roots - Treasures from the Collections

In the exhibition you can experience amazing art, fun posters and impressive Finnish design.

In the Roots ― Treasures from the Collections exhibition, you will see the museum’s posters, works of art and furniture. The name of the exhibition reminds us of the importance of collections ― collections are the roots from which all museum activities grow.

Roots in Lahti

The local dimension has a key role in both the content and the design of the exhibition: The visual look and architecture of the Roots exhibition has been designed by Tapio Anttila, a revered interior architect and designer working in Lahti.


Magnificent art treasures evacuated to Lahti from the collections of Vyborg Art Museum in the 1940’s are an important contribution to the roots of art museum activities in Lahti. Distinguished and publicly esteemed works cast light on Finnish and foreign painting and sculptural art of the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Industrial design is presented in the exhibition via furniture, as Lahti has long been the centre of the Finnish furniture industry. An imaginary trade fair stand has been assembled from the museum’s furniture collection, featuring technical, material and production aspects of industrial design from the 1950s to the 1970s.


With regard to posters, the history of Finland is examined through poster art – not forgetting the Lahti perspective. In this diverse exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to view, among other things, posters of Mallasjuoma brewery, Asko furniture company and the ski competitions held in Lahti.