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Art museum

Daniel Birnbaum

9 May 1958

Moderna Museet

Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

Collection size
c.6,000 paintings 25,000 graphical prints 400 art videos 100,000 photos

Public transit access
Bus to Arkitektur-/Moderna museet

Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden

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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.


Yayoi kusama in infinity moderna museet arkdes 2016


The museum was opened in 9 May 1958. Its first manager was Pontus Hultén. In May 2010, Daniel Birnbaum became the new director of the museum.

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


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.

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). Only three of the Picasso paintings have been recovered.

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

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.


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

  • The Four Elements, Alexander Calder, 1961
  • Le Paradis fantastique, Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, 1966
  • Déjeuner sur l'herbe, Pablo Picasso and Carl Nesjar, 1962
  • Monumentalfigur, Christian Berg, 1927
  • Monument över den sista cigaretten, Erik Dietman, 1975
  • Leninmonument 13 april 1917, Björn Lövin, 1977
  • Mannen på templet, Bjørn Nørgaard, 1980
  • Svart svensk granit, Ulrich Rückriem, 1981
  • Pavilion Sculpture II, Dan Graham, 1984
  • Louisa, Thomas M. Woodruff, 1987
  • Freedom and Belief (their own affair), Joseph Kosuth, 1998
  • No title, Per Kirkeby, 1999–2000
  • Instabil, Lars Englund, 2005
  • Närkontakt, Gustav Kraitz, 2008
  • Architecture

    The museum was initially housed in Exercishuset on Skeppsholmen.

    In 1994–98, it was temporarily moved to another location, the Spårvägshallarna, in Stockholm while the new building on Skeppsholmen, designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, was built. The Pontus Hultén Study Gallery was designed by Renzo Piano. The museum's restaurant is 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 hosted the successful onedotzero festival bringing a new younger audience to the museum with screenings, installations, talks and live VJ audio-visual events.


    Moderna Museet Wikipedia