Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum
A neo-Renaissance studio-home designed by the Norwegian sculptor Hendrick Christian Andersen (1872-1940).
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Born in Bergen, Norway, Hendrik Christian Andersen emigrated with his family to Newport, Rhode Island in the United States when he was still a child. He travelled in France and Italy before settling in Rome at the end of the 1890s. He lived here for over forty years, producing portrait busts and - later in his career - monumental male nudes. The Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum is established in the neo-Renaissance villa, Villa Helene, that he designed and constructed in Via Mancini in the 1920s. He bequeathed it, and its contents, to the Italian state at his death in 1940. Inaugurated as a house museum in 1999, it was in the care of the Superintendence of the National Gallery of Modern Art until 2015. Since 2015 it has belonged to the Polo Museale del Lazio.
The collection - over two hundred sculptures of various sizes and media, more than two hundred paintings, and some three hundred graphic works - centres around Andersen's utopian concept of a great 'World City', destined to be the international headquarters of a laboratory of artistic, scientific, philosophical, religious and cultural ideas.