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.

moderna museet exterior
"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


The museum was opened in 9 May 1958.[1] In 2009, the museum opened a new branch in the building previously known as Rooseum in Malmö.[2]


  • 1958–1973: Pontus Hultén[3]
  • 1973–1977: Philip von Schantz
  • 1977–1979: Karin Lindegren
  • 1980–1989: Olle Granath
  • 1989–1995: Björn Springfeldt
  • 1996–2001: David Elliott
  • 2001–2010: Lars Nittve
  • 2010–2018: Daniel Birnbaum[4]
  • 2018–2019: Ann-Sofi Noring (acting)
  • Moderna Museet
    LocationSkeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
    TypeArt museum
    Collection size
    • c.6,000 paintings
    • 25,000 graphical prints
    • 400 art videos
    • 100,000 photos
    DirectorGitte Ørskou
    Public transit accessBus to Arkitektur-/Moderna museet
    2019–2022: Gitte Ørskou[6]
  • 2022–present: Elisabeth Millqvist[7]


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.[5]

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 film Rififi (French: Du rififi chez les hommes).[8] All six of the Picasso paintings and one of the Braque paintings have been recovered.[9]

Visiting the permanent collection is free of charge, but some of the temporary exhibitions has entrance fees.[10]

Pontus Hultén CollectionEdit

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]

Sculpture parkEdit

The museum has a sculpture park on the island with works by sculptors of diverse nationalities.[11]


The museum was initially housed in Exercishuset on Skeppsholmen.[1]

In 1994–98, it was temporarily moved to another location, the Spårvägshallarna,[12] in Stockholm while the new building on Skeppsholmen, designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, was built.[13] The Pontus Hultén Study Gallery was designed by Renzo Piano.

it is joined to ArkDes, aka the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design.


The museum organizes and is a venue for temporary contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year. In 2005, the museum hosted the onedotzero festival bringing a new younger audience to the museum with screenings, installations, talks and live VJ audio-visual events.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Exercishuset på Skeppsholmen". National Property Board of Sweden. Archived from the original on 6 February 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Moderna Museet". Malmö Municipality. Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ a b "Om samlingen". Moderna Museet. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Gitte Ørskou will be the new Director of Moderna Museet". Moderna Museet i Malmö. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  7. ^ Tessa Solomon (25 March 2022), Moderna Museet Malmö Names Elisabeth Millqvist as Next Director ARTnews.
  8. ^ Axedin, Annie; TT (12 November 2013). "Största konstkuppen inte helt löst". Södertörns Högskola. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Spektakulära konststölder genom tiderna" [Spectacular art thefts through the ages] (in Swedish). Barnebys Group AB. 29 June 2016. Archived from the original on 14 November 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  10. ^ Stockholm TT (17 October 2014). "Fri museientré återinförs". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Utomhusskulpturer på Skeppsholmen, Stockholm" (PDF). Moderna Museet. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  12. ^ Odefalk, Eva (27 December 1997). "Flyttfest". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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