Sculptures by Picasso outdoors.

Pablo Picasso, Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), 1962. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet © Succession Picasso/ Bildupphovsrätt 2016

The Outdoor Collection is always open

Explore Moderna Museet’s outdoor collection – whenever you want! On Skeppsholmen, you can find sculptures by artists such as Beth Laurin, Björn Lövin, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. Use this map as a guide on your own private art tour. Our audio guide will tell you more about the art around the island.

Dan Graham, Pavilion Sculpture II, 1984

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Dan Graham, Paviljongskulptur II, 1984 © Dan Graham

Right outside the main entrance to Moderna Museet is Dan Graham’s “Pavilion Sculpture II”. At first glance it looks like a building, but it’s actually the very opposite.

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Bjørn Nørgaard, The Man on the Temple, 1980

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Bjørn Nørgaard, Mannen på templet, 1980 © Bjørn Nørgaard / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

Behind Moderna Museet is a miniature version of an ancient Greek temple. “The Man on the Temple” was made by the Danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard.

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Gustav Kraitz, Close Contact, 2008

Gustav Kraitz, Närkontakt, 2008 © Gustav Kraitz / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

Gustav Kraitz’s sculpture “Close Contact” is on the quayside at the back of the museum.

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Per Kirkeby, Untitled, 1999–2000

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Per Kirkeby, Utan titel, 1999–2000 © Per Kirkeby / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

The sculpture “Untitled” by the Danish artist Per Kirkeby was built on site behind the museum. It is a labyrinthine roofless brick structure, which seems to balance between architecture and sculpture. Make sure you enter it and experience it from within!

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Lars Englund, Instabile, 2005

Lars Englund, Instabil, 2005 © Lars Englund. Foto: Moderna Museet/Åsa Lundén

Elevated on the rock face near the back entrance of the museum, is a construct that shows a rhythmic interplay between space, architecture and sculptural design: “Instabile” by Lars Englund.

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Christian Berg, Monumental Figure, 1927

Christian Berg, Monumentalfigur, 1927 © Christian Berg / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

“Monumental Figure” from 1927 was created by the cubist artist Christian Berg. It was shown at the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930. Today, the sculpture can be found in the ArkDes garden, next to the library.

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Erik Dietman, Monument to the Last Cigarette, 1975

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Erik Dietman, Monument över den sista cigaretten, 1975 © Erik Dietman / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

Erik Dietman’s “Monument over the Last Cigarette” is also in the ArkDes garden. A ladder invites you to climb up and look at the top of the sculpture. Try it out!

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Pablo Picasso, Déjeuner sur l’herbe, 1962

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Pablo Picasso, Frukost i det gröna, 1962. Foto: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet © Succession Picasso / Bildupphovsrätt 2020

“Dejeuner sur l’herbe” was produced by the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, based on Picasso’s cardboard models. This sculpture group is found on the lawn outside ArkDes.

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Beth Laurin, Part 1, 1976

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Beth Laurin, Del 1, 1976. Foto: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet © Beth Laurin / Bildupphovsrätt 2016

On the lawn outside ArkDes you will also find Beth Laurin’s sculpture “Part 1”. It’s an enigmatic object: abstract yet familiar, and softly curved in hard polyester.

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Niki de Saint Phalle och Jean Tinguely, The Fantastic Paradise, 1966

Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Paradiset, 1966 Foto: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

On the slope by the main entrance of Moderna Museet is “The Fantastic Paradise” – the famous sculpture group by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. It was originally made for Expo 67 in Montreal in 1967.

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Alexander Calder, The Four Elements, 1961

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Alexander Calder, De fyra elementen, 1961. Foto: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet © Alexander Calder / Bildupphovsrätt 2016

Near the main entrance, you will find “The Four Elements” by Alexander Calder. This rotating and billowing sculpture has been a landmark on Skeppsholmen since 1961.

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Björn Lövin, Lenin Monument April 13th 1917, 1977

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Björn Lövin, Leninmonumentet 13 april 1917, 1977 © Björn Lövin

Björn Lövin’s sculpture “Lenin Monument April 13th 1917” is right outside the main entrance. This work is not intended as a tribute to a person or his deeds, as monuments often are. Instead, it is a memorial, in the true sense of the word.

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Thomas Woodruff, Louisa,1987

Thomas Woodruff, Louisa, 1987 © Thomas Woodruff

Down by the bridge to Blasieholmen, with a view of Gamla stan, is a grassy knoll you hardly notice unless you’re looking for it. The work “Louisa” was made by Thomas Woodruff in 1987.

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Ulrich Rückriem, Black Swedish Granite, 1981

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Ulrich Rückriem, Svart svensk granit, 1981. Foto: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet © Ulrich Rückriem

The sculpture “Black Swedish Granite” by the brick wall outside the museum’s main entrance is made by Ulrich Rückriem. He is a sculptor, but his apprenticeship in the stone industry has influenced his practice.

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Illustration with map of Skeppsholmen
Outdoor sculptures, Skeppsholmen.

Published 13 September 2023 · Updated 28 September 2023