Welcome to Amos Rex! This page is for children and those visiting the museum with a child. Read it, perhaps together, before your visit!
Meet Ou. Ou likes children, for they often understand it better than grown-ups. You see, it is sometimes difficult for Ou to control its feelings, not to mention energy.
This summer, Amos Rex visitors can step directly into Blick, a work of art by visual artist Raija Malka and composer Kaija Saariaho. The audience is invited to participate in creating Blick by moving through it, observing it, becoming immersed in it or constructing their own arrangements. Blick features chairs and steps where visitors can sit and unhurriedly immerse themselves in the artwork’s world.
The exhibition title, Blick (Gaze), is a reference to a 1912 poem by artist Wassily Kandinsky. It is featured in Saariaho’s piece, Stilleben, which is heard in the exhibition. Built around it between 2019 and 2021 is the Blick sound environment, which intensifies the overall drama of the exhibition. Besides instruments and singing, we hear texts in various languages as well as interpersonal communication and travel-related sounds of vehicles, stations and telephone answering machines. The musical themes are distances and nostalgic longing.
In Blick, Raija Malka approaches different subjects from her oeuvre and creates a new entity, a large spatial work. The most central element to the work of art, consisting of five parts/pieces Utopie, Warten, Menschen, Blick ja Kiosk, is colour. In her structures, she uses pure single-colour and even colour surfaces, where fixed points for the gaze are taken over by light.
Studio exhibition: Between us
12 May–5 Sept 2021
Amos Rex gave the artists Karoliina Hellberg, Tero Kuitunen and Raimo Saarinen free rein to create new art for spaces within the museum and Bio Rex, beyond the exhibition hall. The Exhibitions six installations were born out of a dialogue with the building’s architecture and its chronological strata. They grow out of the space and around it, taking over the space and leading visitors from Amos Rex’s underground world to the functionalist views of Lasipalatsi.
Central to all three artists’ work is an examination of the relationship between art and the built environment and the stories and histories they carry. Inspired by the various temporal layers and mood shifts in the museum building, Hellberg, Kuitunen and Saarinen have created works that take on the space, grow from it and around it. The exhibition flows between different levels from the underground halls to Bio Rex’s 1930s functionalist visions.
Here are some tips on how to approach the musical world of Blick to kids… or to anybody, actually:
- The door to the exhibition opens, sharpen your ears and listen! At first you can hear noises, someone is moving. What is it? Where are we heading?
- The big exhibition hall of Amos Rex is before you, climb up a staircase or sit down on a bench of your choosing. Let your eyes wander high into the ceiling and the skylights. Where are the sounds coming from, and where do they go? Do the sounds remind you of a character, maybe one that can fly?
- In the space called Menschen you can find a big ball and hear singing voices, that sound together. Which do you think fills the space, the ball or the sound? If a sound would live inside the ball, what would it be like?
- In the exhibition, there is a space called Kiosk. There you can make your own kiosk of colours together with an adult. Listen to the sound of whispers and the waves washing into the shore, let your thoughts calm down. How does your kiosk of colours look?
The museum’s main entrance is in the Lasipalatsi (glass palace), on the Mannerheimintie side. An accessible entrance is located on Lasipalatsi Square.
Everyone under 18 years of age gets free admission; you will get an admission sticker at the ticket counter. Ticket counters are at the museum’s main entrance and in the museum gift shop, which is closer to the accessible door and elevators.
|Space for keeping some baby carriages can be found at the end of the storage lockers in the cloakroom. Baby carriages can, however, be taken into the exhibitions.
Strollers can also be borrowed, if needed, at the cloakroom.
|A childcare station is available next to the cloakroom.|
|Breast-feeding is allowed anywhere in the museum, except for the exhibition space. If the Studio Rex workshop is free, it can be used as a rest area and for eating snacks. The staff will be glad to assist!|
|Ear protectors for children can also be borrowed at the cloakroom.|
A museum’s main task is to care for the artworks so that they can be preserved intact forever. Museums also have rules, which must be obeyed so that everyone’s visit can be as pleasant as possible.
Important things to remember throughout your visit:
- The artworks must not be touched, not even by a little tap of the finger, unless it is clearly stated otherwise. This is because they could be damaged, dirtied or corroded. Did you know that the natural grease on our fingertips can, for instance, leave a mark on a hard bronze sculpture that can never be cleaned off? Even if nothing at first can be perceived with the naked eye.
- A good distance must be kept between yourself and the artworks, even if you would like to get a close look. Just think, even someone stumbling or sneezing could harm an artwork. It’s good to keep a distance to avoid any accidents.
- Visitors must walk through the museum calmly. You can be excited, but must not run. That’s because if you ran, you could trip and fall, and thereby damage irreplaceable cultural treasures.
- You certainly don’t need to be silent in the museum. Discuss the art, debate, share your opinions! But we ask that you take the other visitors into consideration, so that everyone has a pleasant museum visit.
- Emotions are allowed in the museum. If you feel like laughing, laugh, and if you feel like crying, that’s OK too.
You must obey any instructions given by the museum staff. They are really nice people, and there’s no need to be shy of them. You can ask the museum staff all kinds of things, they know the museum inside out. On hand are also special guides whose job is to discuss with you – about the art or something else entirely. You will recognize the museum staff by their shiny golden jackets!
Services booked in advance
If you want to explore the exhibition in more depth, we recommend booking a guided tour. The tour is suitable for adults and children, and both smaller (min. 1 person) as well as larger (max. 10 people) groups.
Our guides cannot wait to welcome you to Amos Rex!