Works from the Saastamoinen Foundation on display 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.

Works from the Saastamoinen Foundation on display at EMMA

Anna Tuori
Pekka Jylhä
Pauno Pohjolainen
The Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection was added to EMMA’s collections as a deposit in conjunction with the founding of the museum. The collection has grown to its current size, 2,500 works, from a series of works that the Saastamoinen industrialist family acquired originally for their private collection.
EMMA has permanently on display approximately 150 works from the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection.
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The Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection represents a broad cross-section of Finnish painting from the early 1900s to this day. In addition to Finnish art, the collection has since the 1980s also acquired international, mainly European contemporary art. The permanent display features examples from such masters of contemporary art as Antony Gormley, Mimmo Paladino and Tony Cragg. 

Artworks from top:

Hans-Christian Berg: Thoughtrise in Vacuum, 2001, stainless steel /
Visual vortex - Oily colours - Ornaments VI, 2010, laser cut acrylic, reflective film

Anna Tuori: Hushabye Farewell, 2008, oil on board

Pekka Jylhä: Cave on the Shore of an Island, 2013, crystals, painted aluminium, light

Pauno Pohjolainen: Court Jester, 2009, mixed media on wood


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The Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection is based on the private collection of a Kuopio-based industrialist family. The Saastamoinen Foundation was set up in 1968 by Liisa and Osmo P. Karttunen as a general cultural foundation, one of its main functions being to develop and display the art collection. From 1980 to 1999, the collection was housed at Kuopio Art Museum, from where it was moved to Espoo.
The core of the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection is its cross-section of Finnish 20th century art. Expressionism, starting from the November Group, is widely covered including major series of works from Tyko Sallinen, Marcus Collin and Anton Lindfors. A more recent line of expressionism is represented by Åke Mattas, Unto Koistinen, Aimo Kanerva and Rafael Wardi.
Rafael Wardi: Apples, 1972, oil in canvas.
Rafael Wardi: Omenoita, 1972, öljymaalaus kankaalle
Tuomas von Boehm: Still life, 1948, oil in canvas.
Tuomas von Boehm: Asetelma, 1948, öljymaalaus kankaalle
The collection also includes works from seminal 1950s artists, such as Tuomas von Boehm, Erik Granfelt, Anitra Lucander and Tapani Raittila. The March Group artists, who were prolific in the 1960s, include sculptors Laila Pullinen, Mauno Hartman and Kain Tapper, and painters Reino Hietanen, Kimmo Kaivanto, Ahti Lavonen and Ulla Rantanen.
The latest section of the collection expands into series of hundreds of works which in addition to traditional forms of art also include photography and video art, light and sound works, conceptual art, object collages and installations from leading Finnish artists.
The collection expanded into international, mainly European art in 1988, and more systematically from 1997 onwards with the aim of collating a unique, world-class collection of international art.
Mimmo Paladino: Bronze Head, 1998, bronze. 
Mimmo Paladino: Bronze Head, 1998, pronssi