Newspaper owner Amos Anderson was an art lover, and when he passed away in 1961, his living quarters and office space were converted into a museum. The Amos Anderson Art Museum opened at Yrjönkatu in Helsinki in 1965.
Five decades later his name still carries strong when the futuristic Amos Rex opens under the Lasipalatsi square on Friday.
Finland Today visited the premises and captured the architecture of the museum—where the old meets new—in pictures.
The construction of the museum began in 2016. Because the Lasipalatsi plaza is protected as a valuable piece of cultural history, the only way was to build the exhibition space underground. In result, the flexible and adaptable exhibition halls consist of 2,200 square meters of space. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The hall is well-lit and the exhibition rooms are located on the left. In the middle of the roof, there is a large circular window, which opens a view to the square. Amos Rex’s exhibition program will extend from the newest, often experimental, contemporary art to 20th-century Modernism and ancient cultures. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The window, according to the lead architect Asmo Jaaksi, could “at its best” lead to random encounters with a bystander standing at the square. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
According to the Museum Director Kai Kartio, Amos Rex is designed for the future generations, 30 to 40 years forward. “No one really knows what kinds of exhibitions we will feature then.” Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
According to the lead architect Asmo Jaaksi (JKMM), the main purpose of Amos Rex was to build a place for a lively city culture. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The museum complex includes space above the ground as well. The historical Bio Rex cinema has been renovated, and in addition to showings, it will be one of the main venues at movie festivals. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The building is a great display of functionalist design, built in 1936. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The museum has been built under the surrealistic humps and funnels, which rise at the Lasipalatsi square. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today