Riisa is the pearl of Kuopio


Have you visited the pearl of Kuopio, the Orthodox Church Museum Riisa? Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd planned the museum's exhibition renovation and created the museum concept. The idea of gold and silver riisa proposed by Pa-La was accepted as the basis for the exhibition reform, the public spaces and the graphic design. A metallic riisa protects the icon, but at the same time leaves something visible about it. Similarly, the museum preserves precious cultural treasures, however, presenting only a part of them at a time.

In the On the Stairs of Sanctity (Pyhyyden portailla) exhibition opened in 2015, Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd has wanted to present the rich world of colours and the lustre of gold and silver associated both with the Byzantine and the Karelian-Orthodox tradition. Attention has also been paid to the acoustic surroundings, e.g., by means of a fitted carpet, in order to make the museum experience peaceful and special. Several pieces of furniture in the multi-purpose space, the shop and the exhibition spaces are also from the hand of Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd.

Photo © Pekka Mäkinen

The Ortobox table in the multi-purpose space is designed by Pa-La. Photo © Pekka Mäkinen

YLE highlights the Orthodox Church Museum as one of this summer’s favorite attractions. The original article can be read here. (The news is in Finnish.)

"Riisa is a pearl."

-Aromaa, Jonni (2020)  YLE Uutiset, yle.fi/uutiset

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