EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is an art museum maintained by the Espoo Art Museum Foundation. The foundation was set up by the city of Espoo in September 2002 when the city’s visual art operations and personnel were transferred to the foundation.
EMMA is a centre providing experiences and knowledge. The premises in the WeeGee building offer a setting for high-quality international exhibitions. The 5,000 square meter exhibition space is the largest in any museum in Finland.
EMMA displays its own collections as well as changing exhibitions of contemporary and 20th century art, both Finnish and international. Three art collections, EMMA’s own collection and deposit collection from Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation and the Saastamoinen Foundation, form the cornerstone of EMMA’s operations. EMMA is an expert and active operator of public art in City of Espoo.
A part of the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection (more than 2,600 works in all) is on permanent display, partially in changing, thematic exhibitions. The collection’s historical section comprises Finnish classical modernism from the beginning of the 20th century, while part of its contemporary art section includes international art. The collection is among the foremost private collections in Finland.
A fundamental part of EMMA’s activity comprises conservation, research, archiving and documentation.