The Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum in Rome is named for a Norwegian sculptor who, when he died in 1940, left his house and everything it contained, whether standing up or hanging on its walls, to the Italian state. In addition to the permanent collection, there are also temporary exhibitions.
Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum in Rome
The address of the Henry Christian Andersen Museum is Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 20 – 00196 Rome (tel. +39 06 3219089). It is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:00 till 19:30. Closed Mondays; closed January 1, May 1, December 25. Admission is free. (Note that hours and prices may change.)
History and description
Andersen, who had moved in Rome in 1897, created mostly nudes, but also designed an intricate project for a metropolis where art, architecture, philosophy and religion were supposed to seamlessly blend together.
The Romans did not take advantage of Andersen’s ambitious project, but his residence was turned into a museum.
The building itself is also known as the Villa Hèlén and was built between 1925 and 1928, after a project by the artist himself.