Moderna Museet has one of the world’s finest collections of art from 1900 to the present day, including key works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Niki de Saint Phalle, Salvador Dalí, Carolee Schneemann, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg, along with more recent acquisitions of contemporary art. The collection also comprises photographic art and photography of international renown, spanning from the 1840s until today.
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THE MODERNA MUSEET COLLECTION
Spring and summer 2012
A successive rehanging of the collection will now take place, mixing famous classics with less well-known gems and new acquisitions. The art will include painting, sculpture, film, photography and works on paper.
From the end of the Second World War to the mid-1970s
The first part to open on 17 March covers the period from the end of the Second World War to the mid-1970s. The presentation starts with works by Germaine Richier, Robert Rauschenberg and Francis Bacon – artists who sought in various ways to find new expressions in a dark era of war, social criticism and desperation.
From 22 March one room will open that is devoted to the Swedish painter and object-maker Dick Bengtsson and his fascinating imagery.
From 30 March; Others included here are Andy Warhol, Öyvind Fahlström, Lee Lozano and Claes Oldenburg, represented by their works from the 1960s, a period dominated by pop art. The artists Joseph Kosuth, Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler reveal different aspects of text- and idea-based conceptualism.
The early modernism - 1930s
The second part of the new presentation will be installed early this summer, from 12 May to 21 June. It will focus on early modernists such as Georges Braque, Sigrid Hjertén, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Wassily Kandinsky and Lyubov Popova, followed by Sven X:et Erixson, Vera Nilsson and other artists who were active between the wars.
The final part will be hung towards the end of the summer, and will present several prominent contemporary artists, including Mike Nelson, Fia Backström and Doris Salcedo.
The new presentation of the collection is roughly chronological, with a few thematic highlights and side-tracks. Films and texts will be relate the various narratives to the period in which the works originated, thus linking them to our time when they are shown at Moderna Museet.