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The museum building with the Moderna Museet logo in winter.

Moderna Museet i Stockholm. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

17.2 2021

Swedish Acquisitions 2021

The pandemic has been devastating for art. To support Swedish culture, the government has therefore allocated an additional SEK 25 million to Moderna Museet for the acquisition of Swedish works in 2021.

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.

Published 17 February 2021 · Updated 19 February 2021