Collection Activities at EMMA | EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art is one of the biggest museums in Finland.

Collection Activities at EMMA

Touch / Saastamoinen Foundation art collection exhibition from 19.11.2014.Photo: Ella Tommila / EMMA
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art preserves, researches and displays Finnish and international modern and contemporary art. The collection activities of the museum are geared not only towards the art museum audiences of today but also those of tomorrow. Maintaining a collection involves the selection of what is central to the art of our time and preserving it for future generations. The collections form a basis for the museum’s exhibitions as well as its research and publication work.
EMMA’s most important collections are the EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art Collection, the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection and the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation Collection. L-G Nordström Art Collection is deposited at EMMA. The Osmo Valtonen Art Collection has been donated to EMMA. In addition, EMMA maintains an Educational Collection Art Pack, which includes works of art that may be used in various art projects, workshops and guided tours.


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The collection of Lars-Gunnar Nordström (b. 1924), has been hailed as a classic artist of concretism. L-G Nordström Art Collection comprises a hundred works, including paintings, sculptures and graphics, and was deposited at EMMA in 2011. Nordström is regarded as one of the earliest and consistent pioneers of non-figurative art in Finland. The collection deposited at EMMA represents a full chronological arc of the artist’s oeuvre.

Lars-Gunnar Nordström: dimensional diskology, 1954-1956, oli on canvas. 
Lars-Gunnar Nordström: Dimensional diskology, 1954-1956.
Osmo Valtosen taidekokoelma
The collection of Osmo Valtonen (1929–2002), was donated to EMMA in 2008. Valtonen was one of the residents of the Nallenpolku artists’ studios. Comprising nearly 300 works, the collection includes works of kinetic art, the sand-drawing devices, for which Valtonen is best known, as well as paintings, drawings, graphics and archival material.
 Osmo Valtonen: Astrography, 1981.   
Osmo Valtonen: Astrography, 1981.
There are more than 8,000 works in total in EMMA’s collections. More than five hundred of these are continuously on display at the museum’s own exhibitions or on loan in other art museums, and more than one thousand are placed in the City of Espoo office premises and institutions as well as parks and other public spaces.