Amos Anderson Art Museum
|Amos Anderson Art Museum|
|Amos Andersonin taidemuseo
Amos Andersons konstmuseum
The museum was founded by Amos Anderson, the owner of the Swedish-language Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper and a patron of the arts. In 1913, Anderson commissioned architects W. G. Palmqvist and Einar Sjöström to design a building on Yrjönkatu. The building would function as both Anderson's private living quarters and office space for his businesses. After Anderson's death in 1961, the building was converted into a museum which opened its doors to the public in 1965.
Collections and exhibitions
Amos Anderson Art Museum's collections include primarily 20th-century art, with some of the oldest works originally belonging to Amos Anderson's personal collection. The museum has paintings by Francesco Bassano[disambiguation needed] (Adoration of the Magi), Paul Signac, Louis Valtat, Roger Fry, Alfred Finch (View of Fiesöle), Ragnar Ekelund, Magnus Enckell, Eero Nellimarkka, Tyko Sallinen, Tove Jansson (Fantasy), and the Swedish painter Palm. In its acquisitions the museum concentrates on contemporary art.
The museum arranges 8–12 exhibitions a year.
In 2013 the museum announced plans to build a subterranean annex under the Lasipalatsi plaza, located across the street from the museum's current premises on Yrjönkatu. The annex is estimated to cost 50 million euros and will also use facilities above the ground in the Lasipalatsi building. Helsinki City Board decided to reserve the plot for the museum in December 2013. The funding is provided by the Finnish-Swedish arts foundation Konstsamfundet. The museum plan was unanimously approved by the Helsinki City Council in May 2014 and the new annex is scheduled to open in 2017.
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