The art collection
The Jakobstad-Pietarsaari museum manages an extensive art collection including over 2000 cataloged numbers. Art became an important part of the museum when curator Viktor Sund, who had a great interest in art, began to collect art already in the 1920′ – for instance, work from the Finnish golden age by, among others, Fanny Churberg and Helena Westermarck.
The museum’s art collection consists of painting, graphic arts, sculpture, medals, photographic arts and miniatures.
One of the museum's specialties is the collection of ship portraits, many of which are on display in the Malm House.
Parts of the art collection are permanently on display in the Malm House and smaller theme exhibitions are displayed almost annually. Many works of art are deposited in the town facilities, for instance, the town hall, schools and the swimming hall. The museum is responsible for every artwork that is owned by the town. The purpose is to collect, preserve and show what is in the collection and enable many generations, also in the future, to enjoy the art in Jakobstad.
The museum has also arranged a number of travelling exhibitions, most recently an exhibition with Ulrica Löfholm’s illustrations for the children’s book about Johan Ludvig Runeberg.
Especially Karin Sidorow and Erik Knif from Jakobstad are represented in the collection with a large number of paintings.
The museum is striving to expand the collection annually, especially with art by local artists.
In recent years, the collection has expanded with artworks by, among others, Maija Salminen, Tanja Aumanen and Andy Sundqvist.