The New Amos Anderson Art Museum Moving into Lasipalatsi and beneath its square
In September 2013 the Association Föreningen Konstsamfundet put forth a proposal to the City of Helsinki to construct a new art museum contiguous to Lasipalatsi and beneath the Lasipalatsi Square. The proposal and the grounds for it were presented to the public in an open and transparent manner.
The City of Helsinki supported the proposal. In December 2013, Helsinki City Council agreed to allocate a plot of land for the new art museum and part of the Lasipalatsi building. In May 2014 the City Council voted unanimously in favour of setting up a real estate company required for the implementation of the project, and transferring the ownership of the Lasipalatsi building to said company.
The original proposal is being fully realized with only a few revisions. The art museum will house technologically advanced exhibition spaces, most of which are situated beneath the Lasipalatsi Square. The entrance hall, foyer and other museum spaces will be in the north wing of the original Lasipalatsi building. The exterior of the protected property will remain intact.
The majority of the Lasipalatsi building’s present facilities, including the restaurant, cafés and street level shops will remain. The Bio Rex cinema will form part of the new art museum.
As Föreningen Konstsamfundet, the Association that presently maintains the Amos Anderson Art Museum, announced in the proposal phase it will be responsible for the construction of the new spaces, the renovation of the actual Lasipalatsi building as well as the upkeep of the new museum.
Construction commences as soon as the plans and the alteration of the detailed plan are ready and the required permits are in order.
A New Space for Art in Helsinki
The Amos Anderson Art Museum move into new premises in Lasipalatsi will boost the Helsinki arts scene and further enhance the capital’s reputation as an international city of visual art.
After fifty years as Finland’s largest privately owned art museum, the move to Lasipalatsi presents an opportunity for Amos Anderson Art Museum to renew its operations and expand its audience base.
We are proposing a new type of museum, a space dedicated to art, that is easy to reach and a cool place to hang out; a protean space that can readily take on various forms, is open to experimentation and new forms of collaboration.