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Capturing Clouds – The Life and Art of Matti Poutvaara

South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta

  • 29.4.2023–29.10.2025

Originally from Parikkala, Matti Poutvaara (1909–1989) is one of the most famous and prolific landscape and regional photographers of the Finnish post-war reconstruction era.


Having sparked a passion in photography through a correspondence course and self-study, Poutvaara (Poutanen until 1936) honed his skills in professional photography working as a non-commissioned officer specialising in photography and a technician for the Finnish Air Force in 1930–1945. After the wars, Poutvaara became a freelance photographer and gained public renown for photo books published by WSOY, which sold almost half a million copies in total. The exhibition reflects Poutvaaras long and varied career moving from Karelian force reconnaissance to camera clubs, and from photo-related publication activities to the promotion of domestic tourism. At the same time, the exhibition provides glimpses into the history of Finnish photography and shows us pieces of the lost Finland we can now only see in pictures. The exhibition was curated by art historian Antti Vallius, whose book of the same name will be released in the spring of 2023.

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South Karelia Museum
Kristiinankatu 15, 53900 Lappeenranta

040 130 9218

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Mon Closed
Tue 11:00-17:00
Wed 11:00-17:00
Thu 11:00-17:00
Fri 11:00-17:00
Sat 11:00-17:00
Sun 11:00-17:00

OPEN 2.1.-4.6. and 21.8.-30.12. Tue-Sun 11-17, 5.6.-20.8. Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat-Sun 11-17 CLOSED 1.1., 7.-10.4., 7.-28.4., 30.4.-1.5., 18.5., 23.-26.12., 30.10.-24.11., 6.12., 23.-26.12., 31.12.

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