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Le Chat Doré is back!

11.10.2019 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Amos Rex
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Art Museum Amos Rex’s new exhibition includes a reconstruction of the legendary café Le Chat Doré. The café was Finland’s first Functionalist interior to a café and it opened in 1929.

Along the new exhibition of Amos Rex opens a reconstruction of the legendary café Le Chat Doré. This pop-up café is open for customers and it offers delicacies of the 1920’s and 1930’s. “Our goal is to offer customers as original Le Chat Doré experience as possible” Niina Tirkkonen, the Café Lasipalatsi’s Business Director promises.

Birger Carlstedt – A pioneer of Finnish Modern Art

Amos Rex presents the life’s work of Finnish artitst Birger Carlstedt (1907–1975) in an extensive retrospective exhibition opening 11 Oct. The exhibition encompasses the artist’s entire oeuvre, all the way from his abstract experiments of the 1920s to the Concretist period beginning in the 1950s.

Birger Carlstedt was a pioneer in abstract art and a multitalented dandy who worked with fields such as interior design, design and staging, in addition to painting.

When he designed the sensational Modernist interior of the café, he was a young and aspiring artist. For later generations, Le Chat Doré could only be conveyed through gouache blueprints and photographs. In Finnish art history, the floor painting in the café is still considered one of the first constructivist works of art and the interior one of the first Functionalist subjects.

Birger Carlstedt: Le Chat Doré, 11 Oct 2019 – 12 Jan 2020.
Amos Rex, Mannerheimintie 22-24,

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