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An exhibition at the Library of Parliament: Parliament Building 90 years

Published 10/26/2021 9:35 AM
Parliament Building

​Photo: Aarne Pietinen / Finnish Heritage Agency

An exhibition at the Library of Parliament: Parliament Building 90 years

On Tuesday, 2 November 2021, an exhibition will open at the Library of Parliament and will showcase the construction of the 90-year-old Parliament Building through pictures and artefacts from the Parliament's collections.   

​The Parliament Building’s foundation stone was laid in the spring of 1927, and the building was inaugurated on 7 March 1931. The newly completed Parliament Building attracted a lot of attention and was considered to represent the pinnacle of Finnish construction in terms of both design and implementation. The Parliament Building became a symbol of freedom and independence that reinforced the national identity of the young state.

The Parliament Building is the masterpiece of architect Johan Sigfrid Sirén (1889–1961). Under his leadership and with the cooperative efforts of the best designers of the time, the Parliament Building became a complete work of art, in which every detail of the building and its interior design relates to the whole.

The exhibition also features two scaled-down models of the building made in the late 1920s, newly restored in celebration of the 90th anniversary.

The exhibition also includes three free public lectures: 

Tuesday 2 November at 5 p.m. Parliament Building 90 years, Central Library Oodi
Liisa Lindgren, Senior Curator

Tuesday 23 November at 4 p.m. Textile art in the Parliament Building, Library of Parliament
Tiina Tuukkanen, Art Curator 

Tuesday 30 November at 4 p.m. The Parliament Building, a masterpiece of contemporary building sculpture, Library of Parliament
Liisa Lindgren, Senior Curator

The exhibition will be open from 2 November 2021 to 14 January 2022 at the Library of Parliament during the library's opening hours Mon–Fri from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Exceptional opening hours: the library will be closed on Fri 26 November and open Mon–Fri from 9 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. from 23 December 2021 to 7 January 2022. 

More information on the exhibition and lectures: Liisa Lindgren, Senior Curator, Finnish Parliament, +358 (0)9 432 2226

Welcome to the exhibition and lectures.

The address of the Library of Parliament is Aurorankatu 6, Helsinki