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Welcome to the Hjelt Foundations

The three Hjelt Foundations were created because of very important events that have considerably influenced my life.

Having lost a child due to Spina Bifida, a most traumatic experience that no family should have to go through, the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in memory of Madeleine Hjelt was set up to aid research into its’ prevention.

The Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Foundation for research into Diabetes II was set up because, being a diabetic myself, I wanted to contribute to research in this field as it is increasing rapidly worldwide.

Finally, The Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation was created in honour of my parents. I wanted to return to Finland some pieces of art that my Finnish-born father had collected; and to create the Falsterbonaset Open Air Museum in memory of my mother’s happy times in Falsterbo (five bronze statues by the Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson).

The Hjelt Foundations’ main objectives are to support scientific research and to work towards the internationalization of Finnish art life.

Bo Hjelt


We congratulate the new Diabetes grant holders for 2017! Albert Salehi, Andreas Edsfeldt and Yang De Marinis, Lund University Diabetes Centre – LUDC. Sanda Ljubicic and Giorgio Ramadori, University of Geneva. Interviews with the new grant holders will be published.

Dr. Mikkel Bogh, art historian and director of Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, will give an inspiring talk on the challenges and gains towards the unbound museum. The talk is organised in collaboration with Ateneum Art Museum and Hjelt Art Foundation.

The talk is open to the public. Due to limited space, participants are encouraged to register by 21 May: art(at) Read more