Bildmuseet (English: Museum of Visual Arts) is a contemporary art museum in Umeå, northern Sweden.

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Bildmuseet at Umeå Arts Campus
General information
Architectural styleNeomodern
LocationUmeå Arts Campus
Town or cityUmeå
OwnerUmeå University
Design and construction
ArchitectHenning Larsen Architects and White Architects


The museum was founded in 1981 by Umeå University and it exhibits Swedish and international contemporary art, visual culture, design, and architecture, sometimes along with historical art retrospectives.[1] In conjunction with the exhibitions program it also arranges lectures, screenings, concerts, performances, and workshops. The exhibitions include internationally renowned artists, filmmakers, photographers, and designers, such as for example Walid Raad, Zineb Sedira, Tracey Rose, Mario Merz, Dayanita Singh, Agnès Varda, Felice Varini, Joan Jonas, Isaac Julien, Stan Douglas, Leonor Fini, Rafel Lozano-Hemmer, Julio Le Parc, John Akomfrah, Charles och Ray Eames, Jumana Emil Abboud, Ana Mendieta, and Faith Ringgold.[2]

In spring 2012, the museum moved into new premises on the Umeå Arts Campus. The new Bildmuseet, hosted in a seven-storey building (Architecture: Henning Larsen Architects)[3][4] opened to the public May 19, 2012.


In 2013, Bildmuseet was nominated fly the European Museum Forum as one of three museums for the European Council's prize The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2014.[5] Late 2017 the British newspaper The Telegraph listed Bildmuseet as one of "42 incredible museums to visit in your lifetime".[6]

The buildingEdit


The outside of the building is covered in randomly spaced windows and a larch facing that will fade to grey in time. Within the building is decorated in white with windows that look out over the Ume riverside.[7]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ About Bildmuseet Archived 2013-11-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2013-08-30
  2. ^ "Bildmuseet EN – Bildmuseet, Umeå". Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  3. ^ Project information and gallery Retrieved 2013-08-30
  4. ^ Henning Larsen Architects' New Umeå Art Museum in Sweden is Bathed in Cool Nordic Light Retrieved 2013-08-30
  5. ^ "Three nominees for the Council of Europe Museum Prize 2014". Parliamentary Assembly. Council of Europe. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  6. ^ Kim, Soo (15 September 2017). "42 incredible museums to visit in your lifetime". Travel. The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  7. ^ Kim, Soo (31 January 2014). "2014 Capital of Culture: highlights of Umeå, Sweden". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2021.

Coordinates: 63°49′42″N 20°17′27″E / 63.82833°N 20.29083°E / 63.82833; 20.29083