On this page, we have gathered links to the online collection databases, materials and catalogues of our museums, archive and library. Some of the material can be downloaded as open data.

Don’t forget the National Gallery’s online publications.

Collection Databases

Collections Online
Browse, search for and find information about the works, artists and collections of the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

The Collection of Finnish State Art Commission Online
Browse, search and find information on the works of the Finnish State Art Commission

Karkki (in Finnish)
The public interface of the Karkki database contains all the reference information on the Document Archive. The entire database is available for researchers in the Archive Reading Room.

The central database of the National Gallery Library contains records of all collections in the Ateneum, Kiasma and Sinebrychoff museums. Its oldest document dates from 1719. The accession catalogue, later the index, has been maintained since 1889. The database was launched in 1988, and it contains all the accession data of the collections.

Other Databases

Bibliography of Visual Art in Finland (in Finnish)
The bibliography of Finnish art contains reference information about Finnish art literature prior to 1970. Publication dates of the references range from the early 19th century to the present. The bibliography is particularly useful for researching information on artists who debuted before 1969.

Virtual Library of Contemporary Art (in Finnish)
The virtual library contains useful links and information for all who are interested in contemporary art. Information about artists in the database mainly relates to the exhibitions and collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

The Fonds

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Carl Dørnberger: friendship and correspondence 1885–1929 (in Finnish)
The Archive Collections of Finnish National Gallery and The Gallen-Kallela Museum have collaborated and published a website based on letters the artists have written to eachother.

Daniel Nyblin glass negatives (in Finnish)
Photographer Daniel Nyblin’s (1856–1923) glass negatives from the Archive Collections of Finnish National Gallery have been digitized and are available online. Nyblin photographed Finnish art into glass negatives, often when the works of art were just completed or when they were on display in exhibitions. The material is also avilable as open data.

Discovering Hugo Simberg – Photographs, letters and sketches from the collections of the Finnish National Gallery
This website showcases the personal history and artistic practice of Hugo Simberg (1873–1917) through his photographs, letters and sketches. The photographs are also available as open data and in Flickr.

Paul Sinebrychoff letter archive (in Finnish and Swedish)
Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff collected a unique art collection of old European art in Finland. This electronic letter archive comprises of those letters from 1895–1909 which deal with the acquisiton of the collection.

Finnish Art Society meeting minutes with appendices 1846–1901 (in Finnish, part of material in Swedish)
The Finnish National Gallery has digitized and published online the meeting minutes with appendices (1846–1901) of Finnish Art Society, the origin of Finnish National Gallery. The meeting minutes are a central part of the Archive of Finnish Art Society, deposited in the Archive Collections of Finnish National Gallery. In the meeting minutes there are e.g. the charters of the Society, the first rolls of members, information about acquisitions of works of art, exhibitions and letters sent to the board by artists.


Newspaper and magazine subscriptions in the Library

Press Cutting Collection (in Finnish)

Microfilm articles on artists 1981–1999 (in Finnish)

Material on microfilm (in Finnish)

Abbreviated catalogue of the collection of artists’ letters (in Finnish)

Open data >