Serlachius collection

Alvar Cawén, A Game of Draughts, 1929, oil on canvas, Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation. Image: Hannu Miettinen.

Art collection

The paper mill owner family of Serlachius began to collect art over one hundred years ago. Gösta Serlachius Art Museum was opened for the public in 1945. Nowadays Serlachius Collection comprises thousands of artworks. The core of the Serlachius collection are classic pieces from the Golden Age of Finnish art as well as European Master paintings dating back to 16th–19th centuries. Paintings representing Impressionism as well as Modernism complement the Serlachius collection. During recent years also the collection of contemporary art from Finland and abroad have been acquired selectively.

Serlachius Museum Gösta's old manor was build in 1935 as the representative home of mill owner Gösta Serlachius.
Marshal Mannerheim with senior military officers visiting Gösta Serlachius at Joenniemi Manor 10 July 1938. K. E. Lindblad Photograph Collection / Serlachius Museums’ Picture Archive.

Cultural historical
object and archival ja collections

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Gösta Serlachius Fine Art Foundation has systematically stored in its collections objects, documents as well as oral history related to the history and the industrial activities of the Serlachius family. Moreover, the Fine Arts Foundation is in possession of comprehensive document and photographic archives. They were receives as a donation following the acquisition of the head office of the G. A. Serlachius Company in 2000. The head office building houses nowadays Serlachius Museum Gustaf. Archival collections entail the letter archive of the industrial family, parts of company’s document and drawing archives as well as cultural historical picture archives with focus on local history. Picture and film material have donated, among others, K-E. Lindblad, Irma and Aarne Pohjanharju as well as Kunto Ruokolainen.

Albert Edelfelt, Girl Reading a Letter, 1879, oil on canvas, Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation. Image: Vesa Aaltonen.

Collection services

Personnel of the Serlachius Museums’ collections department share their expertise and gives further information on the collections material. In general, picture requests give rice to a fee according to its use. Other collection services are free of charge.

In matters of archival services and picture requests, contact Serlachius Museums’ Collections coordinator Leena Leiman, leena.leiman@serlachius.fi.

Information services on the Serlachius collection as well as residency-related enquiries about the collection are handled by Curator Helena Hänninen, helena.hanninen@serlachius.fi

At all times the enquiries can be send to the Serlachius Museums’ info-email info@serlachius.fi.

Image above: Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Autumn (a study for the frescoes of the Sigrid Jusélius Mausoleum), 1903, distemper and oil on canvas, Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation. Image: Hannu Miettinen.