The mission to collect, care for, show and preserve art
Moderna Museet is a museum of international modern and contemporary art. Our mission is to collect, care for, show and preserve art for the future. We collect both historical works and art by practising artists, from Sweden and the rest of the world. Our ambition is to achieve a broad and representative selection of the finest art and key works by artists, without limitations in the form of size, materials, complexity or similar factors.
Acquisitions of works by living Swedish artists
Swedish Acquisitions 2021 will focus exclusively on purchasing art by Swedish living artists. By Swedish art we mean artists, regardless of nationality, who can be said to practise mainly in Sweden, including Sápmi; and Swedish artists whose practice is based in several countries.
The guidelines for Swedish Acquisitions 2021 are the same as for any other acquisitions for the collection. But SEK 25 million in extra funding gives us a fantastic and unprecedented opportunity to broaden the representation of Swedish art. Normally, the annual allocation is around SEK 2.1 million.
Research and local expertise from the entire country
The director of Moderna Museet, the curators of the collection and the director of Moderna Museet Malmö will together select the works to be acquired. To help us in this assignment, we will gather information systematically and methodically through our own research and from local expertise in every national region. We will also participate in the digital portfolio presentations organised by the Public Art Agency Sweden and the art consultancy organisation Konstkonsulterna.
Suggestions received from 15 March
We will also enable practising artists, gallerists and exhibition organisers to submit proposals for acquisitions. Information on how to send your proposal to Moderna Museet will be announced here on 15 March, and proposals can be submitted from that date until 30 April.
Works that are acquired through Swedish Acquisitions 2021 will be added to the collection in the same way as all other acquisitions. We will report over the year on all new acquisitions, and will present them in an exhibition at Moderna Museet in 2022.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
Please submit your proposal for acquisitions to email@example.com by 30 April 2021. Write “Swedish acquisitions 2021” in the subject line.
Proposals from artists, galleries and other exhibition organisers should be submitted as one separate PDF document attached to the e-mail message, and should contain the information below. You can propose a maximum of five works per artist. Proposals should be presented in one single PDF document listing each work included in the proposal.
Please structure the information as follows:
- Contact details for the person making the proposal.
- A short description of the artistic practice (max 1,000 characters).
- Proposal for a maximum of 5 works independent of medium, size, materials and date.
- For each work of art, please list: title, year, materials, dimensions, running-time for media work, edition if applicable, description (max 500 characters) and price excluding VAT (on VAT-liable activities).
- Max three images per work.
- A link to for viewing or listening to video/sound work.
- The artist’s CV, listing studies, selected group exhibitions (max 5), selected solo exhibitions (max 5), collections in which the artist is represented.
The person offering works for sale should be authorised to sell them. If the proposal is made by someone other than the seller, the seller’s details should also be included. All proposals will be considered by Moderna Museet’s director in consultation with the curators of the Moderna Museet collection and the director of Moderna Museet Malmö. All proposals will be considered systematically. Therefore, please expect that our response may take some time.
PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA
All incoming messages to Moderna Museet are public documents. This means that the general public and the media are entitled to view their contents.
THE MODERNA MUSEET COLLECTION
Moderna Museet has one of Europe’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art. 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.
Read more about the collection: Moderna Museet collection
Read more about the project: 25 million SEK to buy art
Published 15 March 2021 · Updated 30 March 2021