The Finnish National Gallery, or Suomen Kansallisgalleria, is Finland’s largest art institution. This state-sponsored institute collects valuable works of Finnish history and allows them to be exhibited in museums. The Finnish National Gallery includes Helsinki’s most important museums, the Ateneum Art Museum, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum.
Finnish National Gallery
The Ateneum Art Museum is located in Rautatientori Square, in the square in front of Helsinki Train Station. It is Finland’s most important classical art museum. The museum houses many paintings and sculptures from Finland’s 18th century rococo art to 20th century movements. It also hosts nearly 650 works brought from abroad. Pieces such as Edvar Munch’s Bathing Men, Ilya Repin’s portrait of Natalia Nordmann, Eero Järnefelt’s Under the Yoke are the highlights of the museum. The building of the museum was completed in 1887 and its architect is Theodor Höijer. It also has the distinction of being one of the most admired buildings in Helsinki. The entrance fee to the museum is 13 Euros for adults.
Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum is a museum with a content that reflects world art and Finnish art of the 1960-1990 period. The museum, which has a beautiful building in terms of architecture, is one of the places located in the city center and is an example of the modern structures of the city. The architect of the building is Steven Holl and he completed the building in 1998. Entrance to the museum is 12 Euros for adults.
The Sinebrychoff Art Museum is located on Bulevardi. The building of the museum is inherited from the Russian Sinebryukhov family living in Helsinki. The Sinebryukhov family, one of the wealthiest families in Helsinki, used the building where the museum is located as a brewery. Paul and Fanny from this family amassed a large art collection in the early 1900s. Later, they donated their collections together with the building to the Finnish government. Within the museum, there are paintings, furniture and porcelain made in Europe between the 14th and 18th centuries. The belongings of the Sinebryukov family are also exhibited.