Banker Ane Gyllenberg (1891–1977) and his wife Signe (1895–1977) founded the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation in 1949. The task of the foundation is to award grants for medical research (psychosomatics and blood diseases) and anthroposophical medical research as signified by Rudolf Steiner, as well as to maintain the Villa Gyllenberg Art Museum. The Home and Art Museum is situated in Helsinki on the island of Kuusisaari and comprises of the couple’s former home and a gallery extension, where concerts and events are organized, and which houses a small café.
Ane Gyllenberg had a passion for art and built a large collection of both Finnish and foreign art during his lifetime. The oldest pieces date back to the 16th century and the latest to the 1970s. The foundation has increased the collection since the couple passed away, and nowadays it comprises of ca. 400 works of art. Pieces by prominent Finnish artists such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Albert Edelfelt and Ellen Thesleff are included in the collection, as well as nearly 40 works by Helene Schjerfbeck, most of them permanently on display. Apart from the own collection, the museum also displays special exhibitions approximately once a year.
Learn more about Villa Gyllenberg’s opening hours, tickets and exhibitions on www.villagyllenberg.fi