The Finnish National Gallery has produced online publications since 2003, and older publications have also been digitised. The publications showcase the collections and operations of the Finnish National Gallery, present the results of audience research and discuss conservation issues, among other subjects. There are publications for the general public as well as publications for museum professionals and students.
Some of the publications can be downloaded as PDF files, some are on websites. All publications may be read and printed freely. Some of the material is also available as open data.
Most of the publications are in Finnish, but some are also in English or Swedish.
The National Gallery also produces printed publications concerning its collections and museum exhibitions. Information about printed publications is available in the Kirjav@ database maintained by the National Gallery Library. Printed publications can be purchased in the museum shops of the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum and from our webshop.
Publications in English
FNG Research (2015)
FNG Research is the web magazine of the Finnish National Gallery. This online publication aims to promote the research activities and the collections of the Gallery, research being a part of its core functions. The site will be updated every two months with new developments and content.
Gösta Serlachius & Paul Sinebrychoff – Collections Face to Face (2015)
Ed. Kirsi Eskelinen & Reetta Kuojärvi-Närhi
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In the exhibition Gösta and Paul, the old masters of Gösta Serlachius (1876-1942) are in dialogue with works of another passionate art collector Paul Sinebrychoff (1859-1917). Dialogue is held not only between the collections as a whole but also between individual pairs of works of art.
The Other World of Hugo Simberg, website (2015)
The world of Hugo Simberg is now yours. Browse the material, from paintings to the stories in Simberg’s works and their background – photographs, fine art prints, sketches and letters. You can also be creative, make up your own stories. Step into another world
where this fascinating artist has invited us.
Discovering Hugo Simberg – Photographs, letters and sketches from the collections of the Finnish National Gallery, website (2015)
This website showcases the personal history and artistic practice of Hugo Simberg (1873–1917) through his photographs, letters and sketches.
Paul’s Friends – Works of art in the study, website (2015)
This website is based on an old photograph of art collector Paul Sinebrychoff’s study where he sits among his ‘silent friends’. The study is today one of the galleries in the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. View the works in more detail by clicking them. Some pictures also include links to letters associated with their acquisition.
Stories Told Differently – the Spatialization of Narrative and Encountering the Story in Moving Image Installations (2013)
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Kati Kivinen’s doctoral dissertation examines the presentational and narrative dimensions of moving image installations and their reception in relation to other art forms, also addressing issues of space, embodiment and temporality. The book is in Finnish and has an English summary.
Erkki Kurenniemi – A Man From the Future, website (2013)
The website consists of a selection of writings, photographs, correspondence and other material from Erkki Kurenniemi’s personal archives. Erkki Kurenniemi has recorded information about his life in great detail. In 2006, he donated the archive to the Central Art Archives. Digitised material, such as pictures of Kurenniemi and of the musical instruments and robots he invented, can be browsed on the website by topic or other criteria. The website also includes the publication Erkki Kurenniemi – A Man From The Future.
Erkki Kurenniemi – A Man From the Future, book (2013)
Ed. Maritta Mellais
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The e-book consists of research articles on the career and work of Erkki Kurenniemi (b. 1941), a Finnish philosopher, futurologist, artist, designer and electronic music pioneer. The writers are Kai Lassfolk, Mikko Ojanen, Susanna Paasonen, Jussi Parikka, Jyrki Siukonen and Jari Suominen. The book is in English, with summaries of the articles in Finnish. Kurenniemi has work in the collections of the National Gallery, and his archive can also be accessed via the website Erkki Kurenniemi – A Man From The Future.
Taidenäyttelyt Suomen ja Italian julkisissa kuvataidesuhteissa 1920-luvulta toisen maailmansodan loppuun (The Role of Art Exhibitions in Finnish-Italian Relations Concerning the Visual Arts) (2012)
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Exhibition exchange is a common tool for developing cultural relations between states. Exhibitions have always been used for political purposes, both domestic and foreign. Hanna-Leena Paloposki’s dissertation uses extensive archive resources to examine the role of art exhibitions in the relationship between the newly independent Finland and Fascist Italy from the 1920s to the end of the Second World War. The book is in Finnish and has an English summary.
Ilona Harima – Valaistumisen tiellä (Ilona Harima – the road to enlightenment) (2011)
Ed. Helena Hätönen and Riitta Ojanperä
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Ilona Harima – The Road to Enlightenment examines the works and life of an unknown Finnish artist. The Hindu/Buddhist imageries in Harima’s work were a rare thing in Finnish art. The book was published in November 2011 in conjunction with a FOKUS exhibition in the Ateneum Art Museum. Erkki Anttonen discusses Harima’s work in the period from the 1920s to the 1960s, when at no point did it represent mainstream art, while Helena Hytönen presents the archives of Ilona Harima, which are preserved in the National Gallery’s Archive Collection. The book is in Finnish and has an English summary.
Writings on the History of Litography (2011)
Jan af Burén and Erkki Anttonen
Consisting of articles by Jan af Burén and Erkki Anttonen, the publication accompanied the exhibition Impressive Stones in the Ateneum Art Museum 14 October 2011 – 15 January 2012. Jan af Burén’s article is also in Swedish and English.
Constructing Culture – Finnish National Gallery 1990–2010 (2010)
Ed. Virpi Harju
The first of September 2010 was the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Finnish National Gallery. To celebrate the anniversary, the museum published a book, Constructing Culture – Finnish National Gallery 1990–2010. It consists of articles that examine the past and the present of the museum. The book has English and Swedish summaries of the articles.
Encouraging Collections Mobility – A Way Forward for Museums in Europe (2010)
Ed. Susanna Pettersson, Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Teijamari Jyrkkiö and Astrid Weij
Should the museums stop hoarding and start concentrating on the better use of the already existing collections? Should they have easier access to those parts of each other’s collections that are being underused? Should museums start thinking differently? Encouraging Collections Mobility is the ideal text for museum professionals, researchers and students who are determined to explore and research collections in order to open our rich collection resources and learn more about European heritage.
Long term loans best practices report (2009)
Ed. Teijamari Jyrkkiö
Report of the Long-term Loans and Collection Research Working Group 2008–2010, a subgroup of the OMC working group on mobility of collections. This document aims to identify and share best practices for long-term lending and borrowing between museums in the European Union.
Kiasma published its own magazine in 2004–2012.