The museum is temporarily closed due to the situation with the corona virus. We will be open again, starting from June 16, 2020. Read more about Moderna Museet’s precautions

Robert Rauschenberg, Monogram, 1955–1959 © Robert Rauschenberg/Untitled Press, Inc./Bildupphovsrätt 2019. Photo: Julia Peirone

Moderna Museet Collection


What is the Moderna Museet collection? A wonderful way to travel in time, art and ideas. Here, you will find some of the world’s finest art, modern and contemporary, Swedish and international, including key works by the most prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

It would be impossible to show all the 140,000 works in The Collection at once, so we regularly change the art in our exhibition rooms. This means that you might see something different on each visit.

What is on display right now? Search the collection
Where does all the art come from? About the Collection

Visitors looking at the painting Ateljéinteriör by Sigrid Hjertén.
Sigrid Hjertén, Ateljéinteriör [Studio Interior], 1916. Photo: Julia Peirone

A Room of One’s Own

Welcome to a room for works rooted in the history of feminism and female artists. In this gallery, which has taken its name from Virginia Woolf’s groundbreaking essay from 1929, you will almost exclusively find works by Swedish female 20th-century artists such as Siri Derkert, Anna Riwkin, Hilma af Klint and Sigrid Hjertén. There are contemporary works as well by Kajsa Dahlberg and Charlotte Johannesson as well.

Read the introduction to the room: A Room of One’s Own

Realism and Pure-Hearted Poetry

100 years ago, the world had experienced rapid and revolutionary social change. Industrialisation, new technologies, urbanisation, wars and a collapse of the stock exchange impacted on living patterns and everyday conditions. Certain aspects of existence became more complex.

Several artists felt a need to see and preserve in their art the simplicity that was disappearing. They painted the scenes around them, or even their own lives, to hold on to an image of something good and peaceful.

Read the introductions to the rooms: Spheres of Abstraction & Realism and Pure-Hearted Poetry

Sven X-et Erixson, Målarens hus, 1942 © Sven X-et Erixson. Photo: Julia Peirone
Imogen Cunningham, Triangles, 1928 © Imogen Cunningham. Photo: Julia Peirone

New Ways of Seeing & Travels in Time and Space

Join us in an exploration of the early 1900s. In the room titled “Travels in Time and Space”, you will encounter photography and painting by artists who experimented with new shapes, colours, and motifs after experiencing art in Alger, Tangier, Cairo, and Constantinople.

In the next room, “New Ways of Seeing”, photography is presented in a dialogue with radical, Cubist works by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Read the texts found in the rooms.

Read the introductions to the rooms: New Ways of Seeing & Travels in Time and Space

Strangely Familiar

What psychoanalysis calls das Unheimliche is literally the ”unhomely”, or in English the uncanny. To thinkers from Sigmund Freud to Julia Kristeva, the uncanny addresses what is strangely familiar: when what is well known and safe turns into something deeply ambiguous that provokes fear and disgust.

Read the introduction to the room ”Strangely Familiar”, and three other galleries: Four galleries of contemporary art

Rosemarie Trockel, After the Hunt, 2013 © Rosemarie Trockel/Bildupphovsrätt 2019. Photo: Julia Peirone
Hilma af Klint, The Swan no 23, 1915. Photo: Julia Peirone

Spheres of Abstraction

This room presents a few of the artists who, in different places and with different intentions, developed an abstract formal imagery in the first decades of the 20th century. Some saw geometric shapes as a way of liberating art from its task of depicting the world. Others chose abstraction to try to portray a spiritual universe, or to render the impressions of movement and speed that appeared in modern cities.

Read the introductions to the rooms: Spheres of Abstraction & Realism and Pure-Hearted Poetry

Free admission

Free admission to the Moderna Museet collection.

Opening hours and getting here

Audio guide

Take a tour at your own pace! The Audio Guide tells you more about Moderna Museet’s comprehensive collection, temporary exhibitions and outdoor sculptures.  The Audio Guide is available in Swedish and English, for adults and kids.

You can download our Audio Guide from App Store or Google Play.

School visit

Welcome to visit the museum with you school class! To avoid double bookings for guided tours, please contact our booking office in good time and notify us of the date of your visit. E-mail: booking office

Free admission to the museum for:

  • School classes with pupils under the age 18 (with a teacher)
  • Accompanying teachers and assistants
  • SFI-classes

Book a guided tour or workshop

Combine your museum visit with a guided tour or an inspiring workshop session. We have different workshops for pupils 13 years and older, and 4–12 years old.

Book a guided tour and/or workshop

Read more about school visits: School

The Moderna Museet Collection in easy Swedish

You can download Om Moderna Museet och några av våra konstverk (pdf), a folder in easy Swedish. This 40-page publication tells you about The Collection, from Hilma af Klint’s exciting painting The Swan, to Soviet propaganda posters.

The outdoor collection

Maybe you have come to Skeppsholmen on a Monday and discovered that Moderna Museet was closed? Or perhaps you just feel like taking a walk in the beautiful surroundings. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to be without art on your way.

Download a guide to Moderna Museet’s outdoor sculptures – a real treasure map (pdf)


Lena Cronqvist, The Madonna, 1969 Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet © Lena Cronqvist / Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Tyra Lundgren, Self portrait, 1921 © Tyra Lundgren / Bildupphovsrätt 2016

Calendar events

The Paradise | Le Paradis fantastique
  • Guided tour

CANCELLED Highlighting The Paradise

In Swedish

  • Baby tour

CANCELLED Hilma af Klint and Vladimir Tatlin

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

CANCELLED A collection of stories

In English

  • Guided tour

CANCELLED A collection of stories

In English

  • Guided tour

CANCELLED A collection of stories

In Swedish

  • Family Sunday

CANCELLED Tour and workshop, 2–6 years

In Swedish

  • Family Sunday

CANCELLED Tour and workshop, 7–14 years

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

CANCELLED A collection of stories

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

CANCELLED Highlighting Pablo Picasso’s outdoor sculptures

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

CANCELLED A collection of stories

In English

More on the Collection

The Audio Guide Archive

17.4 2020

Listen through the entire history of modern and contemporary art. Through our Audio Guide app, you are now able to access our whole archive of 73 …

Mother’s Tongue

2.12 2019

In the collection you are able to view the work “Mother’s Tongue” by Lap-See Lam and Wingyee Wu. In this video work you will come along on a …

Layers of Time

29.11 2019

An art collection that both builds on history and reflects the contemporary will inevitably spark new links. Each work holds a narrative that runs …

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