Pori Art Museum faces major repairs - some areas will remain closed for two years
The fire at the Pori Art Museum on the night of 26 July caused extensive smoke damage that will require extensive repairs in some parts of the building.
The roof of the warehouse buildings dating from 1860 was also damaged in the fire.
"The most extensive damages were to the main exhibition hall and to the western parts of the building. The repairs will begin with a planning phase to assess the scope, cost and specific details required by the repairs. The previously planned renovation of the museum roof will be included in the repair project. Work will start once the repair plans are completed. The spaces mentioned will remain closed for at least the next two years, " says Jouni Salonen, head of the museum's facilities management unit.
The museum will not be closed completely, however. Some activities will continue at the eastern end of the building.
"The Museum Shop, Project Room and the meeting room, auditorium and workshop on the second floor will remain open as usual and will be used to mount small-scale exhibitions and other events. Details about them will be announced later. Cooperation with schools and early childhood education will continue during the repairs," says Anni Venäläinen, acting museum director.
Due to the repairs, the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation's anniversary exhibition Will and Vision will no longer be open to the public. The extension of the Performing the Fringe exhibition in the Wing and MEDIApoint spaces will also remain closed.
The Norrmark Handicraft and the Printing an Art Experience - Collaboration with the Robotics Academyexhibitions will remain open until 26 September.
For more information, please contact:
Anni Venäläinen, Acting Museum Director, tel. 044 701 7601
Jouni Salonen, Head of Facilities Management Unit, tel. 044 701 1575