Nordea Bank established Art Foundation Merita fr on 15 March 2002. This non-profit foundation aims to promote Finnish art and art history research by:
- maintaining and developing its own art collection, and placing its works in the public view,
- loaning works from its collection to exhibitions in Finland and abroad, and
- supporting Finnish art and art history research through scholarships.
The foundation’s board is led by chairman Head of Group Credit Risk Management, Country Senior Executive in Finland Ari Kaperi. Other members are Museum Director Jaana Cawén, Professor Heikki Hanka, Debuty Mayor Nasima Razmyar and Head of Personal Banking, member of Group Executive Management Nordea Group, Branch Manager for Nordea Bank AB Finnish branch Topi Manner.
The foundation’s Director and Board Secretary is Anu Kehusmaa (M.A., Art Conservator).