Painting by Sigrid Hjertén.

Sigrid Hjertén, Studio Interior, 1916 © Sigrid Hjertén. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

Pink Sails

Swedish Modernism in the Moderna Museet collection

17.6 2023 – 3.8 2025

Stockholm

The collection

Revisit the classics and discover new artists in the Swedish Modernism movement. The exhibition “Pink Sails – Swedish Modernism in the Moderna Museet collection” brings together some of the many visual worlds and artistic expressions that coexisted during the major social changes of the early 20th century.

Buy ticket

Adult: 150 SEK
Senior/student: 120 SEK
Annual Pass: 375 SEK

Free admission for those 18 and under and Klubb Moderna

Free admission on Fridays at 18–20

Guided tours

Join us for a guided tour of “Pink Sails – Swedish Modernism in the Moderna Museet collection”. The exhibition brings together a range of well-known and some unknown artists and works that have changed Swedish art history.

The tour lasts for about 45 minutes. Admission ticket to the museum is required.

Dates & time in the Calendar

At the beginning of the 20th century, Sweden is transformed from an agricultural society to an industrialised nation. Social reforms and optimism about the future are mixed with preparedness and fear of world war. Based on Moderna Museet’s collection, “Pink Sails” looks at art from 1900 to the 1940s. A period when major social changes, events and also influences from big cities such as Paris and Berlin make a clear impression on art.

During this period, many Swedish artists began to search for new expressions that could describe and reflect modern society. Others did the opposite, turning their gaze away from the outside world and towards motifs that reflect a longing for a bygone era. This is evident, for example, in the depictions of landscapes where the new industries emerge and in motifs from the rapidly growing cities and their suburbs. But also in intimate depictions of everyday life and the portrayal of emotions.

“Pink Sails – Swedish Modernism in the Moderna Museet collection” brings together around 100 works by artists such as Anna Casparsson, Siri Derkert, Sven X:et Erixson, Isaac Grünewald, Sigrid Hjertén, Bror Hjorth, Hilding Linnqvist, Vera Nilsson, Ragnar Sandberg and many others.

The exhibition title is borrowed from Ragnar Sandberg’s twilight landscape “Pink Sails” from 1934.

Painting by Ragnar Sandberg
Ragnar Sandberg, Rosa segel, 1934 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2023
Painting. Bird and flower.
Hilding Linnqvist, Song of the Heart, 1920 Photo: Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2023
A man lies surrounded by mourning friends, with a look of suffering on his face
Nils Dardel, The Dying Dandy, 1918 Photo: Prallan Allsten / Moderna Museet

Images

Installation view over white walls with the two artworks Jean Börlin i Siamesisk Dans (1919) and Den döende dandyn (1918) in wooden frames
Nils Dardel Photo: Mattias Lindbäck/Moderna Museet
Photo of the sulpture Love Group
Bror Hjorth, Love Group, 1932 Photo: Mattias Lindbäck/Moderna Museet
Closeup of Carola Grahns artwork Horizon of Me(aning)
Carola Grahn, Horizon of Me(aning), 2021 Photo: Mattias Lindbäck/Moderna Museet
Installation view of Rosa segel. Two podiums with small sculptures are in focus in the image.
Siri Derkert Photo: Mattias Lindbäck/Moderna Museet

Calendar events

painting of people in studio
  • Guided tour
  • In English

Pink Sails

Child is painting
  • Drop-in

What animal are you?

painting of people in studio
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Pink Sails

Child is painting
  • Drop-in

What animal are you?

painting of people in studio
  • Guided tour
  • In English

Pink Sails

Child is painting
  • Drop-in

What animal are you?

Kids in the Workshop
  • Family Sunday
  • In Swedish

Tour & workshop 3–7 years

Kids in the Workshop
  • Family Sunday
  • In Swedish

Tour & workshop 7–18 years

painting of people in studio
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Pink Sails

painting of people in studio
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Pink Sails

painting of people in studio
  • Guided tour
  • In English

Pink Sails

painting of people in studio
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Pink Sails

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