Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen

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Il Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen

The Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum in Rome is a house museum that is part of the Directorate of State Museums of the City of Rome (Mibact).

The works of the sculptor and painter Hendrik C. Andersen , born in Bergen in Norway on 17 April 1872 and naturalized in the United States, having emigrated as a child with his family to Newport (Rhode Island) are conserved in the Museum.

The renovation and restoration works of the Andersen Museum , financed with funds derived from the Lotto game for the year 1998, made possible its opening to the public, which took place on December 19, 1999. The "training journey" towards the Europe, he settled in Rome where he lived for over forty years, starting in 1897. Upon his death on 19 December 1940, he left his studio-home in via Mancini and everything contained therein to the Italian State: works, furnishings , archival papers, photographic material, books.

The collection of works consists of over two hundred sculptures , of which about forty of large dimensions in plaster and bronze; over two hundred paintings; over three hundred graphic works.

The collection of the Andersen Museum stands out for its exceptionality, being almost entirely centered around the utopian idea of a great "World City", destined to be the international headquarters of a perennial laboratory of ideas in the fields of the arts, sciences, philosophical and religious thought. In 1913, together with the French architect Ernest Hébrard, Andersen had dedicated a weighty illustrated volume to this project and its diffusion (Creation of a World Center of Communication) which, starting from the urban conceptions of ancient civilizations, was to indicate the arrival at new and modern "City".

Only after Lucia Andersen's death in 1978 (adopted in 1919 by the artist's mother, and therefore usufructuary of the bequest), the National Gallery of Modern Art was entrusted with the protection of the collections and the building, which since 1975 has been subject to pursuant to law no. 1089/39. The renovation and restoration works of the Museum, financed with funds derived from the Lotto game for the year 1998, made possible its opening to the public, which took place on 19 December 1999.

Numerous exhibitions are also organized in the Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum .


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Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 20
00196 Rome


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