Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet
Established 1958
Location Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Type Art museum
Collection size
  • c.6,000 paintings
  • 25,000 graphical prints
  • 400 art videos
  • 100,000 photos


Director Daniel Birnbaum
Public transit access Bus to Arkitektur-/Moderna museet
"Art Format Critical Run commissioned by Moderna Museet debating the thematics: Are critics critical?, Is art in advance of the broken arm?
The Four Elements (1961) by Alexander Calder, installation in front of the museum entrance
Le Paradis fantastique (1966) by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, sculptures outside Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet ("the Museum of Modern Art"), Stockholm, Sweden, is a state museum for modern and contemporary art located on the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, opened in 1958. In 2009, the museum opened a new branch in Malmö in the south of Sweden, Moderna Museet Malmö.


The museum was opened in 9 May 1958.[2] Its first manager was Pontus Hultén.[3] On May 2010, Daniel Birnbaum became the new director of the museum.[4]

In 2009, the museum opened a new branch in the house previously known as Rooseum in Malmö.[5]


The museum houses Swedish and international modern and contemporary art, including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí and a model of the Tatlin's Tower. The museum's collection includes also key works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Niki de Saint Phalle, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as ongoing acquisitions by contemporary artists.[1]

On 8 November 1993, six works by Picasso and two by Georges Braque totaling more than £40m were stolen from the museum in a renowned coup where the burglars came in through the roof by night, copying the method from the 1955 French movie Rififi (French: Du rififi chez les hommes).[6] Only three of the Picasso paintings have been recovered.[7]

Visiting the permanent collection was originally free of charge, but some of the temporary exhibitions had entrance fees. The fees were reinstated in 2007.[8]

Pontus Hultén Collection

In 2005, former museum director Pontus Hultén bequeathed over 700 works of art to Moderna Museet, along with his archive and library. A few works of the collection are on display with the museum's permanent collection; many others are exhibited in the purpose-built Pontus Hultén Study Gallery.[3]


The museum has a sculpture park on the island with works by sculptors of diverse nationalities.[9]


The museum was initially housed in Exercishuset on Skeppsholmen.[2]

In 1994–98, it was temporarily moved to another location, the Spårvägshallarna,[10] in Stockholm while the new building on Skeppsholmen, designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, was built.[11] The Pontus Hultén Study Gallery was designed by Renzo Piano. The museum's restaurant is popular due to its beautiful location.[12]


The museum organizes and is a venue for temporary contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year. In 2005, the museum hosted the successful onedotzero festival bringing a new younger audience to the museum with screenings, installations, talks and live VJ audio-visual events.[13]


  1. 1 2 "Om samlingen". Moderna Museet. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Exercishuset på Skeppsholmen". National Property Board of Sweden. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. 1 2 Pauli, Calle (10 November 2005). "Pontus Hultén donerar 700 verk till Moderna Museet". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  4. Rachlin, Natalja (12 June 2012). "In Stockholm, Stretching a Museum's Boundaries". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  5. "Moderna Museet". Malmö Municipality. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  6. Axedin, Annie; TT (12 November 2013). "Största konstkuppen inte helt löst". Södertötns Högskola. Retrieved 5 June 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  7. Heden, Anne (5 May 1995). "Picassos äventyr - eller historien om tavelstölden som rann ut i sanden". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  8. Stockholm TT (17 October 2014). "Fri museientré återinförs". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  9. "Utomhusskulpturer på Skeppsholmen, Stockholm" (PDF). Moderna Museet. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  10. Odefalk, Eva (27 December 1997). "Flyttfest". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  11. Moneo, Rafael; Mårtelius, Johan; Jewson, William; Lidman, Åke E:son (1998). Modern Museum and Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm (in Swedish). Stockholm: Arkitektur. ISBN 91-87214-76-8.
  12. "Varma glas på Moderna Museets restaurang". Byggkontakt. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  13. Jacobsson, Cecilia (13 January 2005). "Visuellt och utmanande på Moderna". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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Coordinates: 59°19′35″N 18°05′01″E / 59.32639°N 18.08361°E / 59.32639; 18.08361

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