St Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design3
09/11 – 19/12/2018

Amos Rex: A New Cultural Powerhouse for Helsinki

Lecture by Kai Kartio and Asmo Jaaksi (Finland)

26 November 2018 at 7 pm

Lecture Hall of the General Staff Building, the State Hermitage Museum

(6/8 Dvortsovaya Ploschad, St Petersburg)


SMALL_AmosRexSquare_CREDIT_Mika Huisman_and_Amos Rex


Designed by Finnish practice JKMM, Amos Rex – a major new art museum in Helsinki – opened on 30 August 2018. The museum’s director Kai Kartio and principal architect of the project Asmo Jaaksi will speak about the new Amos Anderson Art Museum, which has become the basis of a new museum complex, and its architecture aimed to create a new vibrant urban culture and improve the city.


Located in the heart of the city, Amos Rex has its entrance through Lasipalatsi (“glass palace”), a distinguished 1930s Functionalist pavilion comprising restaurants, shops, the Bio Rex cinema and an open square behind it. All the newly build 2,200 square meters flexible gallery spaces of Amos Rex, however, are underground. They are topped with a series of domes and skylights that form the new undulating landscape of the Lasipalatsi Square.


Amos Rex opened with Massless, an exhibition by the Tokyo-based digital art collective teamLab. The museum’s exhibition programme extends from the newest, often experimental, contemporary art to 20th-century Modernism and ancient cultures. Amos Rex aims to present captivating and ambitious art refreshingly and exuberantly. The goal is for the past, present and future to produce unique experiences and surprising encounters beneath and above ground, and on the screen.


Kai Kartio gained his Bachelor’s degree in Art History at University of Helsinki. He worked at Sinebrychoff Art Museum from 1991 to 1999, and served as the Director of Turku Art Museum from 1999 to 2001. He has acted as the Director of Amos Anderson Art Museum from 2001 to 2017, and now heads its follower Amos Rex.

Asmo Jaaksi studied architecture at Tampere University of Technology graduating 1997. He is a founding partner of JKMM Architects and has specialised in designing public buildings. Asmo Jaaksi’s major works as the principal architect are Amos Rex art museum, Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Think Corner in University of Helsinki, OP Financial Group headquarters, Seinäjoki City Library and Turku Main Library.


JKMM Architects is a group of architects and designers based in Helsinki, Finland. We started in 1998 with four founding partners – Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä. Today, JKMM is a team of more than 90 people who offer a complete service across all areas and scales from architecture to interiors and furniture design.

JKMM Architects has a long track record in high quality built work and prizes in 92 architectural competitions, including 44 first prizes. JKMM has received several awards for its work including ia Pietilä Award 2006, Finnish State Award for Architecture 2007, Finnish Steel Structure Award 2007 and 2015, Finnish Concrete Structure Award 2007 and 2012, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2006 and Mies van der Rohe Award nomination 7 times.


The lecture is organized by the State Hermitage Museum, the PRO ARTE Foundation and the Finnish Institute in St Petersburg.




Registration is required.

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