Abundant collection

The Ateneum Art Museum has the country’s oldest and largest art collection. It tells not only the story of Finnish art, but also how the art field was developed here. This narrative is recorded in
acquisitions of work, documents, oral histories and accounts.

Stories of Finnish Art. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Jenni Nurminen

Stories of Finnish Art collection display

The Ateneum collection includes many iconic works with starring roles in the history of Finnish art.

Stories of Finnish Art
Stories of Finnish Art - Ateneum's collection display. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen

Paintings and sculptures

Ateneum Art Museum houses the largest collection of paintings and sculptures in Finland. There are a total of over 4,300 paintings and over 750 sculptures.

Paintings and sculptures
Japanese woodcuts. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Henri Tuomi

Prints and drawings

Ateneum Art Museum houses the largest and most extensive collection of Finnish prints in the country, dating from late 19th century to the present day.

Prints and drawings
Suomen taiteen tarina -kokoelmanäyttely Ateneumin taidemuseossa. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Jenni Nurminen

International collection

Ateneum’s handsome international collection consists of over 650 works of art; paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.

International collection

Provenance research

Provenance research is an inherent part of museum work. Information pertaining to provenance and context, i.e. information about previous owners and about the use of artefacts, contributes to the museum value of an object or a work of art in the highest degree.

Provenance research
Hugo Simberg: Kevätilta jäänlähdön aikaan, 1897. Kansallisgalleria / Ateneumin taidemuseo. Kuva: Kansallisgalleria / Pirje Mykkänen

Artworks on tour

Loans are a major part of museum work. Each year, 300 to 600 works of art from Ateneum’s collection are lent to different exhibitions. The aim of lending is to mobilise Ateneum’s collection, to show it to as wide an audience as possible, both domestically and internationally.

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