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14.07.2020

Amos Rex

Amos Rex is an art museum named after Amos Anderson, a publisher and art patron of arts, located in Lasipalatsi , Mannerheimintie , Helsinki . It opened in 2018 and quickly gained international popularity, attracting more than 10,000 visitors in just a few weeks.

In 2013, the museum announced plans to build an underground application under the Lasipalatsi square, located next to the museum premises on Yrjönkatu. The cost of the application was estimated at 50 million euros, as well as the use of surface structures in the building in Lasipalatsi. The Helsinki City Council decided to reserve a site for the museum in December 2013, funding was provided by the Finnish-Swedish art foundation Konstsamfundet . The museum plan was unanimously approved by the Helsinki City Council in May 2014 and a new annex was to open in 2017. 

The new application was developed by JKMM Architects, whose other works include the Turku Main Library and Finnish Pavilion in 2010 at the Shanghai World Expo.

Construction of the new museum began in January 2016 and opened to the public in August 2018.

Massless, the first exhibition in the Amos Rex Museum, was created by the Japanese team Lab . It consisted of a colorful, exciting interactive art exhibition. Spectators were invited to interact and explore the environment, generating various visual results.

Massless, the first exhibition at the Amos Rex Museum, was created by the Japanese team Lab . It consisted of a colorful, exciting interactive art exhibition. Spectators were invited to interact and explore the environment, generating various visual results.

Amos Anderson Art Museum is an art museum in Helsinki, Finland . It is the largest private art museum in Finland. The museum is currently located on Yrjönkatu, with an underground application known as Amos Rex, built under Lasipalatsi .

The museum was founded by Amos Anderson, owner of the Swedish language newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet and philanthropist. In 1913 Anderson commissioned architects WG Palmqvist and Einar Sjöström to design a building on Yrjönkatu. The building will function as Anderson's personal living space and office space for his business. After Anderson's death in 1961, the building was converted into a museum, which was opened in 1965. At the beginning of 2019, Luckan , Konstsamundet funded the Finnish centre of Swedish culture, moved to Yrjönkatu building previously used by the museum.

The collections of the Amos Anderson Art Museum include mainly works of 20th century art, and some of the oldest works originally belonged to Amos Anderson's personal collection. The museum houses paintings by Francesco Bassano (Worship of the Magi), Paul Cinyak, Louis Valthat, Roger Fry, Alfred Finch (view of Fiesole), Ragnar Ekelund, Magnus Enkell, Eero Nelimark, Tyko Sallinen, Tuwe Jansson (Fantasy) and the Swedish painter Palm. In its acquisitions, the museum focuses on contemporary art.

The museum organizes 8-12 exhibitions a year.

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