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Francis Bacon. Double portrait of Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach. 1964

Exhibition of the Moderna Museet Collection 0

The New Exhibition of the Moderna Museet Collection
“Presented in a New Way 2012!”
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
March 17 – December 30, 2012

The permanent collection belonging to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm is one of the best in the world. The collection's core is made up of the great names in visual art history, beginning with 1900 and up to the present day. Among them are works by Marceau Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali and Robert Rauschenberg, not to mention a slew of young, promising artists active today. Which is why art lovers the world over ardently follow any news that arises about the Stockholm museum's permanent collection.

Robert Rauschenberg. Monogram. 1955-59 © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/BUS 2012, Stockholm/VAGA, NY

This spring Moderna Museet is welcoming guests with the traditional exhibition of the permanent collection, which will be open until December 30. This year's exhibition has been divided into three successive parts: the first will feature works created in the time period spanning from the end of WWII to the middle of the 1970's; the second part will be on the early modernism of the 1930's (showing May 12 – June 21); and the final part will cover minimalism, from its very birth through to the present day (opening at the end of the summer). The collection is comprised of paintings, sculptures, films, photographs and various forms of graphic art. Works by world-famous artists will be displayed alongside those by lesser-known artists, just waiting to be discovered.

Dick Bengtsson. Edward Hopper: Early Sunday Morning. 1970 
© Dick Bengtsson/BUS 2012

The first presentation is of works that were inspired by either war or the aftermath of war – under the influence of depression and social criticism. Included artists are Germaine Richier, Robert Rauschenberg and Francis Bacon. One room is dedicated to the captivating imagery of the Swedish painter and creator of objects, Dick Bengtsson. Pop art is represented by Andy Warhol, Öyvind Fahlström, Lee Lozano and Claes Oldenburg, whereas conceptualism is exemplified by the works of Joseph Kosuth, Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler.


Andy Warhol. Brillo Boxes. 1964 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The next presentation in the series, opening at the start of summer, will feature works that fall into the genre of between-the-wars modernism, with pieces by artists such as Georges Braque, Sigrid Hjertén, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Wassily Kandinsky, and Lyubov Popova.

Cesar. Expansion controlee rose. 1968 © Cesar/BUS 2012

Last, but not least, will be the exhibition of works by prominent artists of the current day, including Mike Nelson, Fia Backström and Doris Salcedo

This year's presentation of the permanent collection is only roughly chronological, with thematic guidelines which will be explained to viewers through the use of the latest technologies, films, texts and stories. These aids will illustrate the time periods in which the works were created, and will help tie in their significance to the present day.

Stockholm, Sweden