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Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund.

Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund. Günther Förg, Coney Island, 2000. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

17.12 2015

Large donation enriches the Swedish art scene

This year, Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund have donated EUR 5.4 million for the acquisition of art for the Moderna Museet collection.

Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund have been two of Sweden’s most prominent art collectors since the 1960s. In 2015, they added the breathtaking sum of EUR 5.4 million to the Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund Foundation for the acquisition of art for Moderna Museet. The Foundation focuses on contemporary works by artists active in Europe and the USA.

“The donation by Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund marks the beginning of an entirely new chapter in Moderna Museet’s history. The Museum has experienced nothing like this for many decades. Key works by some of the world’s most seminal artists will become part of the Swedish people’s art heritage. This is an occasion for all of us to express our joy and gratitude,” says Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet.

“This donation enhances Moderna Museet’s position as the leading Nordic museum of modern and contemporary art. The generosity of Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund is unparallelled, and the Moderna Museet collection has now gained further key works by important international artists. This is a pivotal contribution to Sweden’s art scene,” says Ann-Sofi Noring, co-director.

The following works have been purchased with funds from the Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund Foundation in 2015:
Louise Bourgeois, Janus Fleuri, 1968
Louise Bourgeois, Blue is the Colour of Your Eyes, 2008 (donated by the Easton Foundation in connection with the acquisition of Janus Fleuri.)
Olafur Eliasson, Model Room, 2003
Günther Förg, Coney Island, 2000
Michel Majerus, Gewinn, 2000
Sigmar Polke, Untitled, 2000
Rosemarie Trockel, After the Hunt, 2013
Rosemarie Trockel, Study for After the Hunt, 2013
Rosemarie Trockel, Cluster III, 2014-2015

The works by Olafur Eliasson, Günther Förg and Rosemarie Trockel are currently on display in the exhibition rooms at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Further acquisitions are planned for 2016.

Anna-Stina Malmborg and Gunnar Höglund have previously donated the following works to Moderna Museet:
Cy Twombly, Untitled Bolzena, 1969
Cy Twombly, Roman Notes,1970
Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, 1964

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