11 Oct 2019 – 12 Jan 2020
In fall 2019 Amos Rex will exhibit the works of the modernist Birger Carlstedt (1907 – 1975) in an extensive retrospective exhibition spanning the artist’s entire career, from his early abstract experiments in the 1920’s to his later concretist period which began in the 1950’s. Carlstedt was a pioneer of finnish modernism and abstraction – a multitalented dandy – whose intrests ranged from interior design and scenography to monumental painting. The exhibition will include the reconstruction of Carlstedt’s interiors for the café Chat Doré which opened in 1929 on Unioninkatu in central Helsinki and was in business throughout the prohibition.
The exhibition is based on Amos Rex’s Birger Carlstedt Collection which the museum received according to the last will and testament of the artist and his wife. Along with the exhibition the museum will publish a catalogue which includes five articles discussing different aspects of Carlstedt’s vast body of work.
The exhibition’s ambitious goal is to present young art that is on the rise. The first of the Generation exhibitions took place at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Spring 2017.
The exhibition’s artists are selected based on an open application. The applicant must be 15–23 years during the application period. The artists will be announced in Summer 2019.
Egypt of Glory
Egypt of Glory will be shown in two parallel locations – at Amos Rex, Helsinki, and at the Art Museum of Estonia’s Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn. The rare two-part exhibition is based on one of the most important collections of Ancient Egyptian art and culture outside Egypt – the collection of Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy.