The Art Foundation Merita is a non-profit foundation established in 2002 with the object of promoting Finnish art and art history research. Research is supported inter alia through the granting of annual scholarships.
The Foundation’s collection focuses on key works from late-19th and early 20th century Finnish art, but overall the collection presents a comprehensive overview of Finnish visual art spanning two centuries.
The best-known works in the collection include Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s The Boat’s Lament (1907) and C.G.Mannerheim (1929), Helene Schjerfbeck’s At the Door of Linköping Jail in 1600 (1882) and Robert Wilhelm Ekman’s Sunday Morning in an Ostro-Bothnian Farmhouse (1857).
The Golden Age icons in the Art Foundation’s collection are on permanent exhibition in Nordea Bank’s Old Banking Hall, and works from the Foundation’s modern art collection in the Rautatalo building, both in Helsinki. Guided tours of both collections can be arranged on request.