Wäinö Aaltonen: Odottamaton vieras, 1939 © Kuva: HAM

Unexpected Visitor

Wäinö Aaltonen

Wäinö Aaltonen (1894-1966) was one of the most significant visual artists of the newly independent nation of Finland. In Helsinki, his creative force can be witnessed in, for example, the Parliament House. Everyone in Helsinki has permanent 24/7 access to about ten works by Aaltonen, such as the statue of running legend Paavo Nurmi outside the Olympic Stadium, and the statue of Finland’s national writer Aleksis Kivi outside the Central Railway Station. On the Yrjönkatu street, the relief Unexpected Visitor brings a flash of the countryside to the city centre, camouflaged on a wall.

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