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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Working experience:

University lecturer (museology), University of Helsinki, 28.8.2017–present

Art collection curator, OP Group Art Foundation, 15.10.2010–present

Museum director, Järvenpää Art Museum, 2005–2006 and 2008–2009

Collection curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, 2001

Exhibition secretary, Museum of Finnish Architecture, 1991–1996

Guide and collection assistant, Iittala Glass Museum, 1986–1988


Long-term, cooperative conservation and collection management: Collection management consultation and art conservation for museums, parishes, foundations and private art owners

2016 – HUS (Hospital District of Helsinki)

2015 – Turku Art Museum

2013 – Riihimäki Art Museum

2013 – Kouvola Art Museum

2010 – Reitz Foundation

2008 – OP Group Art Foundation

2007 – Ars Nova Aboa Vetus Museum

2006 – Mikkeli Art Museum

2006 – Visavuori Museum

2005 – Kerava Art Museum

2004 – Gallen-Kallela Museum

2003 – Järvenpää Art Museum

2001 – Hämeenlinna Art Museum

2001 – Hyvinkää Art Museum

2001 – Vantaa Art Museum


Conservation of large-scale artworks:

2013 Masku Church

2013 Ranua Church

2010 City of Hyvinkää

2008–2010 Lempäälä Workers’ Association

2007 City of Hämeenlinna

Education information

PhD, University of Jyväskylä, Museology, Jyväskylä 25.5.2016

MA, University of Applied Sciences EVTEK, Vantaa, Art Conservation, Vantaa 12.8.2008

BA, University of Applied Sciences EVTEK, Vantaa, Art Conservation, Vantaa 31.5.2000

MA, University of Helsinki, Art History, Helsinki 6.6.1995

Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, studies in history and philosophy 1994–95

Central European University, Prague, studies in art philosophy 1993

Santa Ana College, California, studies in art philosophy 1984–1985

Description of research and teaching

Nina Robbins has a PhD in museology, an MA in art conservation and an MA in art history. She has worked in the field of cultural heritage since the mid-1980s, specializing in collection management. Her PhD focused on the area of disposals in Finnish art museums. In her research, tacit knowledge appeared as a critical issue. She currently works as a lecturer at Helsinki University, and has worked a number of years as a private conservator and collection management consultant for various museums and foundations in Helsinki and southern Finland. Through her work as a consultant and conservator she has developed a wide perspective in the field of cultural heritage and places great importance in passing on to her university students not only theoretical knowledge, but also its corresponding practical knowledge. She feels that the field of museology offers an enduring bridge between the various fields of heritage management. Beneficially integrating the forces from these different fields will become ever more important in a world where financial resources are increasingly scrutinized.

Education/Academic qualification

Museologia, FT, Jyväskylän yliopisto

1 Jan 201016 Apr 2016

Taidekonservaattori , YAMK

1 Jan 200612 Aug 2008

Taidekonservaattori, AMK

1 Aug 199731 May 2000

Taidehistoria, FM

1 Aug 19886 Jun 1995

External positions

Curator of Collection, OP-Pohjola Group

1 Jul 2008 → …

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2011 2019

Museological value dialogue and memory institutions

Robbins, N., 29 Mar 2019.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstract

Museological Value Discussion – A Tool to Transfer Tradition to the Future

Robbins, N., 20 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Conference materialsAbstract

Museology – A Bridge Between Theory and Practice

Robbins, N., 17 Jan 2019, (In preparation) 250 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Promoting Value Practice in Museums Creates Impact

Robbins, N., 6 Mar 2019, (Submitted) In : Curator. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Professionalisation of Corporate Art Collecting in Finland: the Case of Disposals as part of Active Collection Management

Robbins, N. & Luukkanen-Hirvikoski, T., 20 Apr 2019, (In preparation) In : The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2018 2020

Activities 2018 2019

  • 6 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 5 Academic visit to other institution
  • 4 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 2 Types for other activities - Other

Metropolia Polytechnic

Nina Robbins (Visiting researcher)
8 Feb 201922 Mar 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Näyttelyn kuratointi OP ryhmän taidekokoelmasta

Nina Robbins (Participant)
1 May 201913 Sep 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Benjamin Filene

Suzie Thomas (Host), Nina Robbins (Host)
5 Jan 201915 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Konservointityö Eduskunnassa

Nina Robbins (Participant)
19 Mar 20194 Apr 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Kuopion taidemuseo

Nina Robbins (Visiting researcher)
1 Apr 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution