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Didrichsen Art Museum

Didrichsen Art Museum
Address: Kuusilahdenkuja 1
Phone: +358-(0)9-477-8330
Working Hours: From 15.06 to 15.08: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00, other seasons: Tuesday - Sunday from 11.00 to 18.00. Wednesdays - free admission

The Didrichsen Art Museum located on Kuusisaari Island was founded by Dutch businessman Gunnar Didrichsen, who moved to Finland in 1926 and stayed here till his last days. The art collection, which became the main part of the exposition, was formed by Didrichsen and his wife Marie-Louise. Firstly the collection occupies Didrichsen villa, built to the design of famous Finnish architect Revell. In 1965 Revell built special wing for the growing collection to the villa. At the same year the Didrichsen Art Museum was officially opened for the public.

The collection consists of Finnish art from the 20th century among others Edelfelt, Cawen, Schjerfbeck, Sarestoniemi, Linnovaara, Hiltunen and Pullinen. In the modern international art collection there are works by: Picasso, Kandinsky, Miro, Leger, Moore, Giacometti and Arp. The only Pre-Columbian art collection in Finland includes the art by American Indian cultures in Mesoamerica and the Andean area of South America from 2000 B.C. to the 14th century A.D. There are following cultures represented in the collections: Olmec, Jalisco, Colima and Maya.

The oriental art collection is dominated by Chinese art from the Shang-dynasty (abt 1500-1028) B.C. to the Ming-dynasty (1368-1644). The collection also includes art from the Far and Near East.



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