Museum

EMMA is an art museum that believes in the power of art to inspire and evoke a unique visual and spatial experience. We strive to foster creativity and boundary-pushing in art and design. We are bold ground-breakers and we invite open exchange with our audiences. EMMA is Finland’s Museum of the Year 2018. Come and visit us!

EMMA presents a varied calendar of exhibitions showcasing contemporary and modern art, design and experimental pieces. We offer an immersive experience that excites all the senses and caters to all types of visitors. EMMA is part of the WeeGee Exhibition Centre. Your museum ticket also includes admission to the Futuro House and the three other WeeGee museums: KAMU – Espoo City Museum, the Hevosenkenkä Finnish Toy Museum and the Finnish Museum of Horology. Café WeeGee and the EMMA Shop are also at your service.

Unique setting

EMMA is Finland’s largest art museum, with gallery space covering a total area of over 5500 m2. The museum is located in the Espoo district of Tapiola in the former Weilin & Göös printing house designed by Professor Aarno Ruusuvuori (1925–1992). The building is a classic sample of 1960s concrete brutalism and an iconic local landmark. Famous for its sweeping lawns and pine woods, Tapiola is the quintessential Finnish Garden City of the 1960s.

The panoramic, north-facing windows connect the interiors with the woodlands of Tapiola. There are no obstructing walls in EMMA’s expansive exhibition space, as the ceiling is suspended from eight massive columns. This unusual architectural solution creates an expansive open area that was originally designed to accommodate massive printing presses. Today the vast interior forms a core part of the museum’s identity and is an enduring source of inspiration for both our artists and visitors.

The power of art

EMMA believes in art’s power to change. We put people first in designing a varied, high-quality programme of exhibitions and events that invite dialogue between contemporary art, design and modernism. EMMA hosts 8-10 exhibitions annually, accompanied by an extensive and varied line-up of other events.

EMMA collaborates closely with two leading Finnish art foundations, the Saastamoinen Foundation and the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation. We offer unique, previously unseen content by presenting our collections from surprising new angles. A curated pick of alternating works from the Saastamoinen Foundation is on permanent display at the museum, featuring the latest relevant names in Finnish and international contemporary art. The Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation Collection is on display in a special gallery called Visible Storage, where audiences are welcome to independently explore and discover classics of modern design. We also brighten up the urban space of Espoo by presenting our growing collection at metro stations, schools, hospitals and other public venues around the city.

Activity reports in Finnish

Activity report 2017

Activity report 2016

Activity report 2015

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