Amos Anderson Art Museum

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Amos Anderson Art Museum
Amos Andersonin taidemuseo
Amos Andersons konstmuseum
Yrjönkatu 27-29.jpg
Established 1965 (1965)
Location Helsinki, Finland
Coordinates 60°10′06″N 24°56′14″E / 60.16833°N 24.93722°E / 60.16833; 24.93722Coordinates: 60°10′06″N 24°56′14″E / 60.16833°N 24.93722°E / 60.16833; 24.93722
Type Art museum
Director Kai Kartio

The Amos Anderson Art Museum (Finnish: Amos Andersonin taidemuseo, Swedish: Amos Andersons konstmuseum) is an art museum in Helsinki, Finland. It is the largest private art museum in Finland.[1] The museum is currently situated on Yrjönkatu, with a subterrananian annex, known as Amos Rex, under construction beneath Lasipalatsi. The extension is scheduled to open in 2018.


Amos Anderson (1878–1961), newspaper owner and founder of the museum

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.[1]

Collections and exhibitions[edit]

The 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.[1] The museum has paintings by Francesco Bassano (Adoration of the Magi), Paul Signac, Louis Valtat, Roger Fry, Alfred Finch (View of Fiesöle), Ragnar Ekelund, Magnus Enckell, Eero Nelimarkka, Tyko Sallinen, Tove Jansson (Fantasy), and the Swedish painter Palm. In its acquisitions, the museum concentrates on contemporary art.[1]

The museum arranges 8–12 exhibitions a year.[1]

Future plans[edit]

The new annex will be built under the Lasipalatsi plaza.

In 2013, the museum announced plans to build a subterranean annex under the Lasipalatsi plaza, located near the museum's premises on Yrjönkatu. The annex is estimated to cost 50 million euros and will also use facilities above the ground in the Lasipalatsi building. The 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.[2] The museum plan was unanimously approved by the Helsinki City Council in May 2014 and the new annex was scheduled to open in 2017.[3]

The new annex is designed by JKMM Architects, whose other works include the new Turku Main Library and the Finnish pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.[4][5]

The construction of the new museum started in January 2016. The museum, which will be called "Amos Rex", is currently expected to open in 2018.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Museum introduction". Amos Anderson Art Museum. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "New Amos Anderson Art Museum confirmed". Yle Uutiset. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Green light for new Amos Anderson Art Museum". Yle Uutiset. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Amos Anderson museum plans unveiled". Yle Uutiset. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Frilander, Aino (21 January 2015). "Arkkitehtitoimisto JKMM". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Peltola, Satu-Lotta (12 January 2016). "Uudesta Amos Andersonin taidemuseosta Amos Rex". Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 13 January 2016. 

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