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Alexander Calder, The Four Elements, 1961 Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet © Alexander Calder / Bildupphovsrätt 2016

About the museum

Moderna Museet is a government organisation with national responsibility for collecting, preserving and exhibiting modern and contemporary art. Moderna Museet is based in Stockholm and Malmö.

The Collection

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, Ljubov Popova, Salvador Dalí, Meret Oppenheim, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd and Irving Penn as well as works by contemporary artists.

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Moderna Museet in Stockholm originally opened on 9 May, 1958, in what used to be a drill hall on Skeppsholmen. The Spanish architect Rafael Moneo designed the new building for Moderna Museet, after winning an international competition for the assignment. The new building was inaugurated, according to plan, in connection with Stockholm Cultural Capital in 1998. The event took place on 12 February, 1998. Moderna Museet Malmö opened on 26 December, 2009.

More about the history

Outgoing loans and long-term loans

Loan requests are considered by the Moderna Museet loan committee, meeting ca 10 times/year. Government bodies, museums and other cultural institutions may request to borrow objects from the Moderna Museet collection for a longer period. A request should be made in writing to the Long-Term Loans Registrar.

Read more about outgoing loans and long-term loans.

Moderna Museet, a government organisation

Moderna museet is a government organisation that reports to the Ministry of Culture and has a government ordinance to collect, preserve, exhibit and promote knowledge about 20th and 21st century art.

Appropriation directions (in Swedish)

Förordning med instruktion för Moderna Museet (pdf)
Regleringsbrev 2014 (pdf)

Annual reports (in Swedish)

Moderna Museets Årsredovisning 2014 (pdf)
Moderna Museets Årsredovisning 2013 (pdf)

Our vision: An open museum in a larger world

Moderna Museet is one of Europe’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art. Our vision is to continue to work in the open and experimental spirit for which Moderna Museet has always been known.  The presence of the art and the artists is our key concern, along with our dialogue with an actively participating audience. By developing this interaction, we build a Museum for the future.

We want Moderna Museet to be:

  • a brave museum in a larger world, taking risks in the name of art
  • an open museum that reconsiders history and engages with contemporary society
  • a relevant museum, where encounters with the best art enhances our knowledge about the world and ourselves.

A brave museum

Moderna Museet takes risks in the name of art. The Museum is famous for this, and we continue to pursue our activities in this spirit, enabling all artistic disciplines to meet, and confronting contemporary audiences with the best from the past.

An open museum

Moderna Museet is the obvious meeting place for people who want to see modern and contemporary art in Sweden. Here, they will find internationally famous masterpieces that attract many returning visitors. But it is equally important to offer new impulses to visitors who are curious about what is being created today. The Museum’s collection is a dynamic and growing resource that is shown from new perspectives constantly. New experiences arise in interaction with the temporary exhibitions.

A relevant museum

The open museum is both a collection of key works and a mobile arena for activities that engage the public and the world beyond the museum walls. With rich programmes of activities and playful events, the audience meets not just the art but the artists themselves. Ultimately, we are concerned with art as an experience for people of all ages, and art as a source of knowledge about the world, and about ourselves.