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16.07.2020

Sinebrychoff Art Museum

Sinebriukhov Art Museum is an art museum located on Bulevardi in Helsinki, Finland. The museum displays old European art collections (dating from the 14th and 19th centuries) from the Finnish National Gallery. In addition, half of the museum is a historical house-museum, which presents the 19th century mansion of the Sinebrich family. 

The residential building of the museum was built in 1842 by Russian businessman Nikolai Sinebryukhov, whose breweries, Sinebryukhova, operated in the western part of the premises until 1992, Nikolai himself does not live in the house, staying instead in Suomenlinna. His brother's family lived in the house, and his nephew Paul created a collection of works of art. Paul continued to collect European art after he was appointed head of the company in 1904. Together with his wife, actress Fanny Sinebrichova, he collected a collection of about 900 objects, mostly paintings (100 works by old masters and about 350 portrait miniatures), but also including antique furniture, silverware and porcelain.

In 1921 Paul and Fanny Sinebrikhov donated their collection to the Finnish government. It continues to be the largest artistic donation ever made in Finland. It was the same year that the house opened as a historical house-museum, showing life of the highest class of the 19th century. The donated art collection was not kept in the house, although it was returned in 1959 with financial support from Sinebrychoff. In 1975 the Finnish government bought the entire building from the brewery, and after restoration the building was opened as a museum in 1980. The collections on ancient European art were moved from Ateneum to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

In 1990, the Art Museum of Sinebrigoff was included in the Valtion taidemuseo (National Art Museum). After its dissolution in 2013, the Sinebrigoff Art Museum was included in the newly formed Finnish National Gallery, where it is one of three museums, the others are Ateneum and Kiasma.

The collections of the Art Museum of the Sinebrigoff consist mainly of old European paintings, primarily old masters . The museum paintings are divided into 10 collections, including "The Paul and Fanny Sinebrigoff Collection", "Friends of the Ateneum Art Museum" and "Carl von Haartmann Collection". In addition to paintings, the museum also has around 4,000 engravings and drawings. Other items in the museum include glassware, porcelain and silverware as well as some sculptures, watches and antique furniture. 

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