Amos Rex is a futuristic cultural center for contemporary art (with restaurant and cinema): one more reason to go to Helsinki

Amos Rex, view of Lasipalatsi Square [Photo © Mika Huisman/JKMM Architects]
Amos Rex was inaugurated on August 30, 2018 in Helsinki, after five years of works and a 50 million euro project, entirely funded by private individuals. The opening exhibition is Massless, digital installation by Japanese collective teamLab, running until 6 January 2019.

Amos Rex, exhibition ‘Massless’ [Picture: © teamLab/JKMM Architects]
The project by Finnish studio JKMM Architects Ltd renovates and expands the 1930s Lasipalatsi building and spreads beneath the modernist Lasipalatsi Square with around 2,200 sq m of exhibition spaces surmounted by large vaulted ceilings and skylights that, with a dynamic interplay of conical volumes and curved shapes, redefine the area’s urban layout. Amos Rex also includes the historic 590-seat Bio Rex Cinema.

Amos Rex Cinema Bio Rex, Helsinki

Amos Rex is doubtlessly one of the most important buildings that have been built in recent years in the cultural district of Helsinki, where the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Finlandia Hall, the National Museum of Finland, the Finnish Museum of Natural History, the Ateneum Museum, the Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) have been built and the new Oodi, Helsinki Central Library is scheduled to open by the end of 2018.

Amos Rex, detail of the skylights of the exhibition room [Photo © Mika Huisman/JKMM Architects]
Amos Rex was constructed through a joint venture between the City of Helsinki and the Föreningen Konstsamfundet, an arts foundation set up as the bequest of the philanthropist Amos Anderson (1878-1961), publisher, financial investor and art patron, known in Italy as the promoter of the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae in 1938 headquartered in the 16th-century Villa Lante al Gianicolo in Rome, owned by Finland since 1950.

Föreningen Konstsamfundet has been operating the Amos Anderson Art Museum since 1965 and, after providing all the funding for the new Amos Rex, it will operate it as a private institution. [Text Arianna Callocchia].