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EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

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

About the Museum

EMMA in brief

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art is an art museum maintained by the Espoo Art Museum Foundation. The foundation was set up by the city of Espoo in September 2002 when the city’s visual art operations and personnel were transferred to the foundation.

EMMA is a centre providing experiences and knowledge. The premises in the WeeGee building offer a setting for high-quality international exhibitions. The 5,000 square-metre exhibition space is the largest in any museum in Finland.

EMMA displays its own collections as well as changing exhibitions of contemporary and 20th century art, both Finnish and international. Three art collections, EMMA's ownd collection and deposit collection from Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation and the Saastamoinen Foundation, form the cornerstone of EMMA's operations. EMMA is an expert and active operator of public art in City of Espoo.

A part of the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection (more than 2,600 works in all) is on permanent display, partially in changing, thematic exhibitions. The collection’s historical section comprises Finnish classical modernism from the beginning of the 20th century, while part of its contemporary art section includes international art. The collection is among the foremost private collections in Finland.

EMMA's collection (approx. 2,600 works) includes works on display in Espoo municipal offices, other public buildings, as well as outdoor areas. Part of the collection is on display in the museum. The collection was started in the 1950s and concentrates almost entirely on Finnish contemporary art.

The EMMA museum pedagogy department provides guided tour services, teaching materials, activities, as well as events and other projects. Lecture and teaching packages are available on request. Museum pedagogical services are intended for all ages with the aim of increasing art appreciation and supporting learning.

A fundamental part of EMMA's activity comprises conservation, research, archiving and documentation.