The Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum
The Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum is part of the Directorate of State Museums of the City of Rome (Mibact).
The renovation and restoration works of the Museum, financed with funds derived from the Lotto game for the year 1998, made it possible to open it to the public, which took place on December 19, 1999. The museum preserves the works of the sculptor and painter Hendrik C. Andersen, born in Bergen in Norway on April 17, 1872 and naturalized in the United States, having emigrated as a child with his family to Newport (Rhode Island). Undertook the 'training journey' towards Europe, he settled in Rome where he lived for over forty years, starting in 1897. On his death, on December 19, 1940, he left his studio-home in via Mancini and its contents: works, furnishings, archival papers, photographic material, books.
Only after the death in 1978 of Lucia Andersen (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 has been subject to restrictions since 1975. pursuant to law no. 1089/39. The collection of works (over two hundred sculptures, of which about forty large in plaster and bronze; over two hundred paintings; over three hundred graphic works) is notable for its exceptional nature, being almost entirely centered - sculpture and graphics - 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 arts, sciences, philosophical and religious thought. To this project and its diffusion, Andersen had dedicated in 1913, together with the French architect Ernest Hébrard, a powerful illustrated volume (Creation of a World Center of Communication) which, starting from the urban concepts of ancient civilizations, was to indicate the arrival at new and modern "City".