FNG Resources

With around 40,000 artworks the Finnish National Gallery collection comprises significant archival resources: artists’ letters, individual artists’ papers, art galleries’ or communities’ archives etc.

From January 2017 the FNG Research magazine is introducing and updating information about the collection’s selected holdings. By doing so we wish to encourage researchers and students of art history or cultural history internationally to undertake new research topics related to Finnish and Nordic art and artists, making use of our collections’ rich materials.

In order to encourage collaboration between our organisation and academic studies of art and art history, we invite master’s level students to apply for special apprentice posts focused on studies based on our resources.

See the Call for Research Interns for 2017 >>

For further information and discussion please contact our experts and the members of the FNG Research Editorial Board via e-mail: fngr@nationalgallery.fi.

Suggested archival sources

Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966)

Photographic negatives of the artist Wäinö Aaltonen, of him at work and of his sculptures taken mainly by the Finnish photographer Aarne Pietinen (1884–1946).

Uuno Alanko (1878–1964)

Artist’s archive: correspondence, manuscripts of speeches, articles, and publications, account books, exhibitions, teaching; offices held in the art field, press clippings, photographs ; material relating to the ABC Drawing School 1937–1941, correspondence of the artist’s wife Martta Alanko.

Mikko Carlstedt (1892–1964)

Artist’s archive: correspondence, notes, autobiography, exhibitions, press clippings, photographs.

Eva Cederström (1909–1995)

Artist’s archive: art school studies, correspondence, Cederström’s writings and notes, diaries, exhibitions, press clippings, photographs.

Markus Heikkerö (b. 1952)

A large collection of art works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and archival material, including the so-called travel paintings.

Kauko Lehtinen (1925–2012)

Artist’s archive: correspondence, diaries, travels, exhibitions, press clippings, photographs; surrealism.

Arvo Makkonen (1894–1956)

Artist’s archive: correspondence, notes, sketches, exhibitions, press clippings, photographs.

Lars-Gunnar Nordström (1924–2014)

Artist’s archive: material from 1940s onwards, Nordström’s writings, correspondence, material on teaching, exhibitions, travels, photographs; constructive art.

Kalervo Palsa (1947–1987)

Large collection of art works, sketches and comics at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and artist’s archive: correspondence, diaries, exhibitions, photographs; Lapland.

Unto Pusa (1913–1973)

Artist’s archive: correspondence, note books, sketchbooks and sketches, material relating to public art, art competitions, exhibitions, teaching, press clippings.

Ilya Repin (1844–1930)

Glass negatives of Repin’s art works that belonged to him in Kuokkala. Many of the works on them have later disappeared. Nicolai Schuvaloff’s archive.

Archive material in different archival fonds related to Ilya Repin (partly in Russian).

Hugo Simberg (1863–1917)

Sketches and sketchbooks at the Ateneum Art Museum and artist’s archive: correspondence, notes and notebooks, press clippings, photographs and negatives of photographs taken by Simberg. A large part of the Simberg material is published on our website Lähteillä, see http://www.lahteilla.fi/simberg/.

Ossi Somma (b. 1926)

Large scrap books (54 pieces), put together by the artist, containing notes, photographs and press clippings both on Somma and on subjects he’s been interested in; sculpture, environmental art.

Eva Törnwall-Collin (1896–1982) and Marcus Collin’s (1882–1966) sketches and sketchbooks

Eva Törnwall-Collin: 24 sketch and note books and 56 sheets of drawings. Marcus Collin: 88 sketchbooks and 1,079 sheets of drawings; sketchbooks of Eva Törnwall-Collin’s parents and uncle. Related material e.g. from Paris and Karelia.

Archives of Art Galleries

  • Galerie Hörhammer, Helsinki: Correspondence 1916–1959.
  • Galleria Bakeliittibambi, Helsinki: Gallery’s archive 1996–2007.
  • Galleria Jangva, Helsinki: Gallery’s archive 1994–2016.

Museum History Project

Audio visual recordings of interviews with former and current museum professionals. 

Suggested research topics

At the three museums of the Finnish National Gallery there are ongoing research projects related to their forthcoming exhibitions. If you are interested in them, please, contact us for more information (fngr@nationalgallery.fi).