The rights to use photographs for publication, research and other purposes are granted by the Picture Collections of the Finnish National Gallery.
You can order photographs of works of art from the collections of the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and, with certain restrictions, also from the National Gallery Archive Collection.
Information on the collections in the National Gallery’s museum units is available at Art Collections Online. For more extensive information on images in the collections and the databases, please visit the Finnish National Gallery’s Archive Collection premises in person. Please note that all visits must be pre-arranged.
Images are delivered as download links. The use of the images is subject to the terms and conditions of a licence agreement between the buyer and the National Gallery Picture Collections. A usage fee is charged for the images based on the Finnish National Gallery’s pricing policy.
When a picture is published, the following information must accompany its publication: name of the artist, title of work, year, name of art museum/other owner, Finnish National Gallery/name of photographer.
Please send inquiries and orders by e-mail to picturecollections(at)nationalgallery.fi. If possible, please describe the photo and the purpose of use in detail in your email.
Copyright on Photographs of Works of Art
In the case of photographs of works of art, both the artist and the photographer are copyright holders. The copyright protection of a work of art lasts for 70 years after the artist’s death, the copyright protection of a photograph for 50 years from the year the photograph was taken. The image fee paid to the Finnish National Gallery covers the copyright fee to the photographer. In addition to this, the buyer is liable for any copyright fees to the holders of the artist’s copyright, unless the copyright protection for the work of art has expired. The copyright holder of a work of art may be the artist, the artist’s estate, or the Finnish Visual Artists’ Copyright Association Kuvasto ry, which also grants licences for works whose copyright holders it represents. The Kuvasto website carries a list of artists and artist estates that have in place an agreement of representation with the association. The National Gallery Photographic Service has contact information for some copyright holders who do not have an agreement with Kuvasto.
Press images of current exhibitions can be found on the individual museums’ media pages. All images used for any purpose other than current communications must always be ordered from the Picture Collections.