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Document Archive

The archive of art history documents held at the Finnish National Gallery contains private papers, documents and collections relating to Finnish art from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.

The art history document archive consists of private papers relating to Finnish art and the history of the Finnish National Gallery, including archives and documents relating to artists, artist groups, museum workers, associations and art institutions, as well as collections collected in documentation projects.

The Archive Collection is growing constantly. Most accessions are the result of donations or documentation projects. Art history documents can be consulted for research purposes in the library at the Ateneum by appointment. The use of some materials is subject to limitations.

Reference information on the art history documents can be accessed online via the public access interface of the Karkki database (in Finnish). The database itself is accessible to researchers at the Ateneum Research Library.

Some of the material in the Archive Collection is digitised and accessible online or at the Ateneum Research Library.

Press Cutting Collection

The collection of press cuttings in the Finnish National Gallery contains mostly cuttings and scrapbooks on press articles about Finnish art and artists from the 1890s to 2012.

The oldest section of the collection consists of press cuttings collected by J. J. Tikkanen, secretary of the Finnish Art Society. The cuttings in the scrapbooks from 1897 to 1980 have been microfilmed for research, as have loose cuttings from 1981 to 1999 about individual artists.
The materials of the Press Cuttings Collection are on microfilm and can be accessed by appointment in the libraries at the Ateneum and Kiasma:

  • Scrapbooks 1897–1980: Mentions of artists are filed on index cards that are alphabetically ordered by the artist’s last name and published online at The index cards also include references from 1891–1896.
  • Keywords 1897–1959, 1960–1969, 1970–1971: These can be searched on index cards that are ordered by subject. The index cards also include references from 1891–1896.
  • Critics, art experts, pen names 1897–1959, 1960–1969: Index cards are ordered by author. The index cards also include references from 1891–1896.
  • Press cuttings on artists 1981–1999: The cuttings are ordered alphabetically by last name; no reference cards.

Artist-specific cuttings between 2000–2012 and the collection of cuttings on joint exhibitions and keywords between 1981–2012 are no longer available for research purposes.

Audio-visual Archive

The Finnish National Gallery’s Audio-visual Archive contains video documents and recordings relating to visual art.

The Audio-visual Archive in the Archive Collection is intended for research use. The archive consists of a sound archive and a video archive.

Audio-visual materials are catalogued in a database of over 4,000 items. The archive has tape copies of all materials. Viewing copies of some materials are also available for viewing at the Kiasma Library by appointment. There are approximately 700 sound recordings in the database.

Picture Collections

The Finnish National Gallery has Finland’s largest collection of images relating to Finnish art and artists.

The collection is augmented by the National Gallery’s own documentary services and by donations from private individuals and organisations. The core of the collection comprises more than half a million original photographs, most of them of works of art. The collection also includes prints, invitations and posters, as well as other visual material relating to artists and the art world. The oldest photographs in the collection were originally acquired by the Finnish Art Society in the 1860s.

Rights to use photographs for publication, research and other purposes are granted by the National Gallery’s Photographic Service.