Ferdinand von Wright (1822–1906): Capercaillies around a Juniper Bush (1896). Photo: Seppo Hilpo.

Nordea Bank established Nordea Art Foundation Finland (former Art Foundation Merita) 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 board

The Chairperson

Head of Personal Banking Sara Mella, Nordea Bank Abp

The Vice-Chairperson

Debuty Mayor Nasima Razmyar, the City of Helsinki


Museum Director Jaana Cawén, Lauri and Lasse Reitz Foundation

Professor Tutta Palin, Turku University

MA Law (qualified for the bench) Eira Palin-Lehtinen.


The foundation’s Director, Board Secretary Anu Kehusmaa.

Contact info

Mailing address

Nordea Art Foundation Finland 
c/o Nordea Bank Oyj
Aleksis Kiven katu 7
FI-00020 Nordea, Finland 

Tour reservations and loan requests:

Director Anu Kehusmaa
anu.kehusmaa [at]

+358 41 4377 566


Facebook: Nordean Taidesäätiö,

Instagram: @artnordeafinland