Amos Rex

Amos Rex attracts over half a million visitors during its first year


The first operating year of Amos Rex saw over half a million visitors. In addition to the opening exhibition teamLab, that opened on August 30th 2018, Amos Rex’s exhibitions have featured René Magritte, Studio Drift and the Ars Fennica candidates. Overall 503 700 people have visited the museum during the first year.

I wonder if any other Finnish art museum has attracted half a million visitors during its first year? This is a clear attest to the meaning of art and museums for people,” says Museum Director Kai Kartio.

Petri Ala-Maunus was voted visitors’ choice of the Ars Fennica exhibition

Amos Rex’s first year concludes with the announcement of the Ars Fennica exhibition’s visitors’ choice. A total of 77 300 people visited Amos Rex's first summer exhibition. Visitors had the opportunity to vote for their favourite work by using glass marbles on a humouristic marble track.

The visitors’ choice of Ars Fennica 2019 exhibition is Petri Ala-Maunus. Amos Rex will reward the favourite by acquiring an artwork by the artist into its collection.

"I’m really happy that the public has liked my work. It is a huge recognition to be chosen as the visitors' choice from amongst a group of such great artists. I’m particularly delighted that it was awarded to paintings, when the death of painting has long been discussed in connection to contemporary art," Ala-Maunus comments.

The candidates of Ars Fennica 2019 were Petri Ala-Maunus (FI), Miriam Bäckström (SE), Ragnar Kjartansson (IS), Aurora Reinhard (FI) and Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS).

By the decision of Roland Wetzel, Director of Museum in Tinguely in Basel, the Ars Fennica Award was granted to artist Ragnar Kjartansson in August.

The marble race of the Ars Fennica exhibition was designed by prop artist Maikki Pekkala.

Amos Rex is closed from September 9th due to a change of exhibition and will open again October 11th with the exhibition Birger Carlstedt: Le Chat Doré”. In the large retrospective exhibition, visitors can step into a prohibition-era café designed by Birger Carlstedt. The café called Le Chat Doré, which operated on Unioninkatu, has been reconstructed for the exhibition.

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About Amos Rex

Amos Rex
Amos Rex
Mannerheimintie 22-24


Amos Rex is an art museum where the past, present and future meet. The iconic Functionalist Lasipalatsi (glass palace) and the new gallery spaces under its undulating square provide 10 000 sq ft for unique experiences both under- and aboveground and on the silver screen of Bio Rex. Amos Rex’s exhibition programme extends from the newest, often experimental, contemporary art to 20th-century Modernism and ancient cultures. #amosrex


The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Art Foundation – Ars Fennica sr. was set up in 1990 to promote the visual arts, to open up new international contacts for the Finnish art world, and to encourage artists in their creative work. The Ars Fennica art award is made artist in recognition of distinctive artistic output of high merit. The award includes a monetary prize of 40,000 euro and a catalogue and an exhibition by the candidates or by the winner. #arsfennica

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