Casa Haartman’s collections

Axel and Hedvig Haartman wanted their home to be preserved after their death. Therefore, they bequeathed the house and the majority of its contents to an association formed for this purpose, known as Hedvigs Minne (Hedvig’s Memory). Casa Haartman’s collection comprises the works they left behind: everything from furniture to art, jewellery and books.

The contents include pieces that Axel and Hedvig inherited from their family or were given by friends and colleagues. For example, a desk in the drawing room belonged to Axel’s maternal great-grandmother’s father, Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt, and several works of art by Axel’s uncle Casper Wrede hang on the walls. Many of the pieces were also purchased while travelling in Italy and France during their life together, which spanned almost seventy years.

Casa Haartman’s collections also include many works by Axel Haartman. These include everything from drawings from his teenage years to works created in the last decade of his life. The collection also includes more than 70 sketchbooks. Some of the sketchbooks cover more than fifty years of the artist’s life and contain everything from landscapes in the Turku archipelago to street life in Paris. The collection incorporates everything from sketches on the back of an envelope to oil paintings two metres tall.

The Haartman couple’s art collection, which is largely displayed in the museum in the same way as when they were alive, contains works by Victor Westerholm, Fanny Churberg, Helene Schjerfbeck and Wäinö Aaltonen.

The other contents of the house are catalogued and part of the collection.