The UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation began public operations in the spring of 2006. The foundation was established by the UPM-Kymmene Group, which donated almost 700 works of art into the care of the foundation.
The task of the recently established foundation is to raise awareness of the culturally and art historically valuable works in its possession, and to preserve the cultural heritage associated with the Finnish Forest Industry.
The works owned by the foundation are located on UPM–premises on 14 sites across Finland and two overseas.
The UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation’s collection comprises paintings and sculptures of artistic merit and national import which at one time or another were owned by predecessors to UPM-Kymmene (e.g. Kymi, United Paper Mills, Rauma- Repola. Schauman, Kajaani and Kaukas).
The collection includes works by noted artists such as Emil Wikström, Hjalmar Munsterhjelm, Berndt Lindholm, Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Victor Westerholm, Elin Danielson, Verner Thomé, Santeri Salokivi and Marcus Collin.
Important works and suites of works – from the standpoint of the industrial heritage of UPM-Kymmene – by artists such as Hugo Simberg, Eero Järnefelt and A.W.Finch are also included in the collection.
In addition, the foundation has in its possession three separate subcollections of metallic prints from the 1980s, Russian contemporary art from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as international contemporary art from the late 1900s.