marraskuu 2010

Editorial 3/2010

Anna-Maria Wiljanen | english summary

We are now completing the first year of publication of the online magazine Lasuuri for art museum professionals. The online magazine has been received enthusiastically: many believe there was a clear need for a substance magazine such as this. The online magazine is also in a convenient format: in addition to being environmentally friendly, it offers readers the possibility to return to the articles as often as they want. Every article can be commented on, which also makes Lasuuri an excellent forum for discussion.

Much has happened this year: many publications have been brought to the market at the Finnish National Gallery, such as the Finnish National Gallery jubilee book Kulttuurin rakentaja (“the builder of culture”), and the book on the impacts of the collection operations of the Ateneum Art Museum, Kokoelmalla on tekijänsä! (“Every collection has its maker”) the Collections Mobility manual on the mobility of collections (, created as a result of an EU project.

There have also been changes in the Lasuuri editorial council. The Executive Editor in Charge, Head of Development Susanna Pettersson, has taken up the post of Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, and the Director of the Central Archives Ulla Vihanta is retiring after a long and successful career. Temporary Head of Development Eija Liukkonen now acts as the Executive Editor in Charge, and the temporary Director of the Central Archives Hanna-Leena Paloposki takes up the post previously held by Vihanta. Head of Conservation Kirsti Harva and Executive Editor of Lasuuri, Communications Manager Anna-Maria Wiljanen will both continue on the editorial council.

The task of Lasuuri in the contextualisation of the central phenomena in the art museum field remains essentially the same as before, but its development continues. It is here that we need your help. Send your ideas and suggestions to lasuuri(at)!

The theme of this issue is the documentation of visual arts. A related project has mapped the current situation and cooperation of archives and libraries. The Central Art Archives have collected experiences and views from art museums by using various questionnaires and seminars and by contacting people. The versatile results of the project are presented in the articles in this magazine. We are waiting for your comments.

Enjoy reading!

Anna-Maria Wiljanen

Communications Manager, Finnish National Gallery