Pyhäniemi Manor is a fantastically beautiful place in the town of Lahti. In the 1930s and 1940s it served as a location for several noteworthy Finnish films. Pyhäniemi already appeared as a medieval manor house in the mid 15th century, but only reached its greatest size at the end of the 19th century, when it expanded its territory to approximately 10,000 hectares. The manor has been open for public view and art exhibitions since 1982. Ever since then, high-quality contemporary art exhibitions have been held in the estate’s territory every summer. As part of the WDC Helsinki 2012 programme, the summer of 2012 will see the annual exhibition Pyhäniemi 2012, which displays art and design alongside each other, choosing a leitmotif of sustainable development and audience involvement. The aim of the exhibition is also to showcase artists working in the area between visual arts and design, as well as to increase the interest and attention of art collectors regarding design and crafts. New and unknown designers and artists will be featured alongside professionals who have already carved out a place for themselves. In addition to the exhibition, selected concerts will be held throughout the summer.
The exhibition takes place in Helsinki as the World Design Capital 2012, read more here.