Posti to sell part of its art collection
– Contemporary art and graphics from warehouse to display
Posti will sell part of its art collection of over 1,000 works of art. The 500 works of art kept in the warehouse will be put up for sale. The rest of the collection will remain in place at Posti premises located around Finland. With the money collected from the art sales, Posti will maintain its art collection, for instance, by conserving and restoring the outdoor works of art belonging to its permanent collection. The majority of the sales revenue will be donated to charity.
Posti will organize the art sales event on January 27-28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Posti's head office located in Pohjois-Pasila, Helsinki.
"A wide range of works of art from the 1970s to the 1990s will be on display. The works of art will be put on display in two phases, so, if you are interested, you should definitely come both days," says Laura Luoma, Head of Services at Posti.
Posti's collection started to build up in the 1990s
Suomen PT Oy started to build up Posti's art collection. Investing was not the point. "The intention was to acquire works of art both to delight employees and to support culture and artists," says Pirjo Mattila, who coordinates the collection, from Postal Museum.
"When the paths of Posti and Tele separated, the collection was divided according to its location. Posti was left with the greater part of the collection, nearly a thousand pieces of art. The majority of the collection is kept at the warehouse because we simply do not have suitable places to hang those," Mattila says.
The collection contains a lot of contemporary art and graphics. In addition to the main office, some pieces of art are located also in larger sorting centers. The permanent art collection includes also outdoor works of art, such as a sculpture by Laila Pullinen, located in Oulu, and a sculpture by Kari Huhtamo, located in Tampere.
More information on the art sales event will be provided closer to the event on the Posti website and in the Postinen advertisement leaflet.