Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), Finland's national artist, designed and built his studio and home at Tarvaspää near Helsinki in 1911-1913. Tarvaspää was opened to the public as the Gallen-Kallela Museum in 1961.
The collections of the Gallen-Kallela Museum present the artist's rich and varied oeuvre: paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, posters, photographs and works of applied art, in addition to his personal effects and documents. The museum also tells about Gallen-Kallela's colourful life and friends.
The museum's archives contain an index of Gallen-Kallela's oeuvre, collections of photographs and transparencies, correspondence and press clippings. There is also Gallen-Kallela's family library and the museum foundation's reference library on art of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The archives serve researchers, students and the media, and material is loaned for educational purposes.
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