The Didrichsen Art Museum

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Time flies and it’s a few months now since I was in Helsiinki. I’m heading back over there in a few weeks so thought it was about time I wrote up my visit to the Didrichsen Art Museum.

The Museum is located on on Kuusisaari island, a 20 minute or so bus ride from the Central Station. It holds temporary exhibitions and has permanent displays of ancient Chinese and pre-Columbian artefacts, although during my visit the indoor rooms were devoted to an exhibition of works by Edvard Munch – The Dance of Life. There’s also a sculpture garden with some excellent works including pieces by  Henry Moore and Bernard Meadows.

The museum was originally a private residence owned by enthusiastic Modern Art collectors Marie-Louise and Gunnar Didrichsen. It’s a Modernist building designed by architect Viljo Revell  in 1958-59. An extension was added six years later to house the owners’ art collection.

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It’s an attractive house in a beautiful setting in the woods by the sea.

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There’s a photo of the inside of the house here (it was too full of people on the day I visited to get a decent shot)

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As a former private residence the Museum is quite small, but they have an excellent collection. Due to the Munch exhibition (which was excellent) I was only able to see the works in the sculpture garden. Here’s some of them.

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Adrift (2013) by Jenni Tieaho – a Viking longship in an appropriate setting

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Atom Piece (1964) by Henry Moore

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Reclining Figure on a Pedestal (1960) by Henry Moore

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Stele del Offerende (1960) by Mario Negri

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Augustus (1962/3) by Bernard Meadows

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Auringonkukkapelto (1975) by Eila Hiltunen

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Mama Europa (2009) by Tilla Kekki

and its companion piece

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Mama Africa (2009) by Tilla Kekki

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Turoulenssi (1996) by Eila Hiltunen

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Arctic Aphrodite (1972) by Laila Pullinen

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Strange Rain Last Night (2008) by Matti Peltokangas

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Crescendo (1982) by Eila Hiltunen

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