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Finnish National Gallery Central Art Archives
Central Art Archives
Kaivokatu 2 C
00100 Helsinki, Finland
tel. +358-9-173 361
fax +358-9-173 36248

The Central Art Archives (CAA) is the custodian of primary documentation and library resources on Finnish art intended mainly for the use of art historians and scholars. The CAA also engages in research, publishing and exhibition projects related to its collections. The archives and affiliated Library of the Finnish National Gallery are based at two locations in Helsinki, in the Ateneum building and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the latter specialising in photographic and library resources on contemporary art.

The main task of the Central Art Archives is to collect and preserve visual and written records of Finnish art and to make this material available for the use of scholars. The collection, which comprises photographs, press clippings, audiovisual recordings, documents and papers, is augmented principally through donations from private persons and associations.

Picture Archive
The Picture Archive contains about 400 000 photographs, prints, films and videos, and is the largest existing source of visual material on Finnish art. Photographs of artworks make up the bulk of the collection, but it also contains photographs of artists and other important figures and events related to the Finnish art scene, as well as a collection of posters and exhibition invitations. Today a growing amount of photographic material is produced in digital format.

Press Cutting Archive
The Press Cutting Archive contains newspaper and magazine articles dealing mainly with Finnish art from the 19th century to the present day.

Document Archive
The Document Archive contains a corpus of written material related to the history of Finnish art and the Finnish National Gallery. Represented are the personal papers of individual artists, groups and other key figures in Finnish art history, as well as the papers of various associations and institutions. The collection also contains material assembled as part of special documentation projects.

Sound Archive
The Sound Archive contains artist interviews and other recordings related to Finnish art history. The earliest of these are from 1960, but the bulk of the material dates from 1980 onwards. Documentation projects are the primary source of new additions to the Sound Archive, but a certain amount of material comes as donations.

KIASMA Research Library, Museum of Contemporary Art
Mannerheiminaukio 2
FI-00100 Helsinki FI-00100
Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 91733 6526

The Kiasma Research Library is focused on research in contemporary art, which serves the Museum of Contemporary Art and National Gallery staff and outside researchers of contemporary art. External users should call the library in advance for permission to access the collections.
Core archival materials include information on Finnish Modern Art, current international contemporary art events and related theoretical literature, an artist archive, and a collection of arts periodicals. In 2006, the collections included approximately 17,800 titles and 70 magazine titles. More updated information is not available at this time.

Pori Art Museum
28100 Pori, Finland
Tel. +358 2 621 1080
Fax +358 2 621 1091

The library of the Pori Art Museum is a reference library that specializes in visual arts, especially in international and Finnish contemporary art. The library has publications on museums, visual arts, architecture, design, photography and cultural history and theory. One special emphasis of the library is visual arts of the county of Satakunta.
The pictorial archives of the Pori Art Museum serve basic research and documentation and contain approximately 50,000 photographs. The pictorial archives also compile and offer pictorial material for educational purposes.

Ars Nova
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museums
Itäinen Rantakatu 4-6
20700 Turku, Finland
tel. +358 (0)2 2500 552
fax +358 (0)2 2794 909

The museum, which focuses on contemporary art, is located on two floors of the old Rettig Palace. The Matti Koivurinta Foundation's own collections showcase the works of top 20th century Finnish and foreign artists, from Leena Luostarinen to Picasso. There are also changing exhibitions introducing the new names in the local and international art world.