The Moderna Museet has one of Europe’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art. It includes key works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning, Andy Warhol and Niki de Saint Phalle.
The Museum has been strongly influenced by the legacy of Marcel Duchamp, its body of pop art is legendary, and the backbone of the collection is formed by numerous iconic works: Robert Rauschenberg’s Monogram, Meret Oppenheim’s Ma gouvernante, and Salvador Dalí’s The Enigma of Wilhelm Tell, to name but a few.
The collection covers paintings, sculptures, installations, films, videos, drawings and prints by Swedish and international artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, and photography from the 1840s until today. The Western art tradition dominates, but the presentation of the collection now highlights alternative stories and oeuvres that are gradually growing more significant. Beginning this spring and summer, a new presentation of the collection will be completed room by room.
A walk through the exhibition will start in the early 1900s and ends in the present day, exploring some themes and artists in greater depth. In the first section, which features art from the first half of the 20th century, different media are mixed: collages and still-lifes by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque meet early photography and film made in the experimental style of the era. Paintings by Russian masters Lioubov Popova, Alexandra Ekster and Kazimir Malevich are juxtaposed with posters from the days of the Russian Revolution.
In the next section, with art from the mid-20th century, one room is devoted to the Japanese artist Shozo Shimamoto’s large acrylic painting on plastic sheets. In1954, he founded the artist group Gutai, at around the time when American artist Jackson Pollock, whose coll-age Wooden Horse, is shown close by, coined the phrase Action painting. The next room features a large series of b/w photographs by the South African documentary photographer Ernest Cole, who was recently rediscovered as one of the great photographers in this tradition.
Every Friday 6-8 pm, admission is free to the collection on Floor 4. The exhibitions on Floor 2 are closed from 6 pm.
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