Kimmo Kaivanto Variation in Blue-Green 1966
Ragnar Ekelund Porvoo Archipelago 1949
Gunnar Berndtson Wilderness 1893


Art Foundation Merita fr collection includes many nationally renowned works and historical rarities. The collection comprises over 1,000 works by more than 250 Finnish artists.

Nearly all of these works were selected from the collection of Nordea Bank’s Finnish predecessor, Merita Bank. It roots lay in collections gathered over more than a century by 25 Finnish commercial banks, particularly Kansallis-Osake-Pankki (KOP) and Union Bank of Finland (SYP). At times, these collections included more than 10,000 works.

The foundation’s collection covers two centuries of Finnish art. Its best-known works are Robert Wilhelm Ekman’s Sunday Morning in a Farmhouse (1857), Helene Schjerfbeck’s At the Door of Linköping Jail in 1600 (1882) and Silence (1907), Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s The Lament of the Boat (1907) and Portrait of C.G. Mannerheim (1929), Ellen Thesleff’s Human Figures in Nature (1911) and Pekka Halonen’s March (1911).

The foundation’s collection also features many renowned modern works, such as Tove Jansson’s Fantasy (1954), Juhana Blomstedt’s Dialogue (1967), Ernst Mether-Borgström’s The Ladder of Heaven (1968), Sam Vanni’s Expansion (1980), Leena Luostarinen’s Snake Flower (1986) as well as many works by Anitra Lucander, Ahti Lavonen and Reidar Särestöniemi. Besides oil paintings, the collection includes watercolours and graphics as well as nearly 100 sculptures and textile works. Alongside its own collection, the foundation also manages Nordea’s Finnish portrait collection, which comprises 69 works.


Art Foundation Merita fr loans works from its collection to museums. It also offers Nordea’s portrait collection as a whole for museum exhibitions. For information about loans, please contact

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