Didrichsen Art Museum

Situated on Kuusisaari, as island with a population of 500 in western Helsinki. The area is known for its embassy buildings and gorgeous small houses. According to one source, the average annual income here is as much as 149 000 euros.

The young Danish-born businessman Gunnar Didrichsen relocated to Finland at 23 years of age in 1928. His business imported e.g. Johnson's cleaning supplies and Chanel cosmetics. He settled with his wife Marie-Louise on Kuusisaari in 1957, when the Villa Didrichsen was finished – a commissioned work by architect Viljo Revell. Revell was one of the most important modernist architects in Finland. His early breakthrough was the Lasipalatsi building ("Glass Palace") in the city centre.

The Didrichsens were art collectors. They collected, among other styles, international modernist art, such as Henry Moore sculptures. In 1965, the collection was opened to the public when an exhibition space annex was added to the building. The Didrichsens continued living in the residential side of the building until their death, Marie-Louise in 1988 and Gunnar in 1992.

Today, the Didrichsen Art Museum is a unique place to visit, with its modernist architecture and art collection, as well as a sculpture park spreading out into the garden, and changing exhibitions.

Didrichsen Art Museum
Kuusilahdenkuja 1

Tue–Sun 11–17 Photo: Rauno Träskelin