The Doll House Association celebrates this year its 30th anniversary. I used to be a member during my hobby years, but not any more. I visited their 30th anniversary exhibition at the Järvenpää Art Museum’s Ahola that used to be the home of writer Juhani Aho and his wife, painter Venny Soldan-Brofeldt during 1897-1911. The couple went through a love triangle as Mr. Aho fell in love with his wife’s sister Tilly and they even got a son together in 1902. This ’scandal’ was kept in tight secret until the married couple’s younger son Antti wrote his father’s biography in 1951.
Downstairs in the yellow wooden villa there was their permanent exhibition with beautifully lit posters with Venny’s art, sketches and family photos. And the whole upstairs was filled with doll houses - a little girl’s paradise! I took a few photos of this miniature world, but as the small objects were behind glass, my photos did not succeed very well. Yet a few impressions.
I was especially impressed with the personal dolls. Most of them were self made
out of Fimo modeling mass. This cute elderly couple was so sweet.
Under a modern single woman in her apartment.
This old Doll House Mansion is antique. It is from the 1930s.
Goldsmith Hjalmar Armfelt donated the house to his grandchildren.
The Doll House Association has even published a book -
Life and ambiances in Finnish doll houses.
To finish still some impressions of the permanent exhibition.
The lady playing the piano on the right is Aino Sibelius.
Mr. Aho was in love with her before Aino married Jean Sibelius.