The museum was founded in 1981 by Umeå University and it exhibits Swedish and international contemporary art, visual culture, design and architecture. In conjunction with the exhibitions program it also arranges lectures, screenings, concerts, performances and workshops.
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) opened to the public May 19, 2012.
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 Ure riverside.
- About Bildmuseet www.bildmuseet.umu.se Retrieved 2013-08-30
- Project information and gallery www.henninglarsen.com Retrieved 2013-08-30
- Henning Larsen Architects' New Umeå Art Museum in Sweden is Bathed in Cool Nordic Light www.inhabitat.com Retrieved 2013-08-30
- 2014 Capital of Culture: highlights of Umeå, Sweden, Telegraph, retrieved 6 May 2014