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Collection of prints and drawings

 

Ateneum Art Museum houses the largest and most extensive collection of Finnish prints in the country, dating from late 19th century to the present day. The works of those contemporary printmakers who have had their first public exhibition before the year 1960 are included in Ateneum's collections. The works of younger printmakers can be found at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

There is also a handsome collection of Nordic and European prints. The largest single collection is that of Japanese woodcuts.

The extensive collection of drawings, sketches, watercolours, and sketchbooks provides a rather exhaustive overview of Finnish art history, from Alexander Lauréus (1783–1823) to the present day. This collection is indeed highly significant for researchers of Finnish art. The collection of drawings also includes a number of works by foreign artists.