Collections

The mission of Kiasma is to present, collect and preserve contemporary art. The museum’s collections are part of the collections of the Finnish National Gallery and as such are a significant element of Finnish cultural heritage.

Kiasma’s collections

The collections currently comprise more than 8,000 works of art, and about 100 new works are added each year. We collect art primarily from Finland and nearby regions such as Scandinavia, the Baltic region and Russia. Find out more about the works and get inspired by the collections of the Finnish National Gallery.

An increasing amount of art is made directly for online environments such as social media, blogging platforms and mobile apps. Web-based works in the Kiasma collection can be viewed at the Kiasma Online Art website.

How does our collection grow?

We acquire work from contemporary art exhibitions and galleries and directly from artists. Kiasma also commissions new works that are subsequently added to the collections. Acquisitions are decided on by the Acquisitions Committee, which comprises experts from Kiasma and two artist members.

Acquisition criteria

List of acquisitions made in 2019

Significant donations

Some works in the collection are received as donations. The largest bodies of art donated to Kiasma are the Kouri Collection, created by Pentti Kouri and donated to Kiasma by the Ministry of Education, the Porkkana Collection, the Seppo Fränti Collection, and the works of Kalervo Palsa, donated to the museum by Maj-Lis Pitkänen.

Donation collections and donors

Kiasma Support Foundation

Where can I view the works?

Works in the Kiasma collections are displayed in collection exhibitions. Kiasma also lends works for exhibitions in other museums. The purpose of lending is to make works in the collection available to as large an audience as possible in Finland and abroad. Works in the collections of the Finnish National Gallery are also accessible online.

Collections online

Study collections in depth

The collections of Kiasma are the subject of active research. Research papers are published in exhibition books that are released in connection with collection exhibitions. The books are on sale in the Kiasma Shop and can also be read in Kiasma Library on the fifth floor.

FNG Research is a digital online research magazine with articles about research done in the collections and museums of the Finnish National Gallery.

Explore FNG Research

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