Moderna Museet

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Moderna Museet
Moderna museet, 2006.jpg
Established 1958
Location Slupskjulsvägen 8, 111 49, Stockholm, Sweden
Director Daniel Birnbaum
"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
Paradise (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 located on the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, that was first opened in 1958. Its first manager was Pontus Hultén. On May 2010, Daniel Birnbaum became the new director of the museum. In 2009, Moderna Museet opened a new branch in south of Sweden, in the city of Malmö.


The museum houses Swedish and international modern and contemporary art, including pieces by Picasso and Salvador Dalí and a model of the Tatlin 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. In 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). Only three of the Picasso paintings have been recovered.

Pontus Hultén Collection[edit]

In 2005, former museum director Pontus Hultén bequeathed nearly 800 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.

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


The museum has a sculpture park on the island with works by eight European sculptors.


Between 1994 and 1998, the museum was temporarily moved while the building in Skeppsholmen was rebuilt by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The Pontus Hultén Study Gallery was designed by Renzo Piano. The museum's restaurant is also famous on its own and popular due to its beautiful location.


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


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