Moderna Museet

The Moderna Museet Collection

17 Mar - 30 Dec 2012

Willem de Kooning
Figure in Marsh Landscape, 1966
© Willem de Kooning/BUS 2012
Presented in a new way 2012!
17 March - 30 December, 2012

Why did Dick Bengtsson paint swastikas?
Rauschenberg, Lozano, Warhol, Matisse, Klein, Fahlström, Richier, Bacon, Rosler, Calder, Giacometti, Fontana... A successive rehanging of the collection will now take place, mixing famous classics with less well-known gems and new acquisitions. The art will include painting, sculpture, film, photography and works on paper.

From the end of the Second World War to the mid-1970s

The first part to open covers the period from the end of the Second World War to the mid-1970s. The presentation starts with works by Germaine Richier, Robert Rauschenberg and Francis Bacon – artists who sought in various ways to find new expressions in a dark era of war, social criticism and desperation.

One room will open that is devoted to the Swedish painter and object-maker Dick Bengtsson and his fascinating imagery. Others included are Andy Warhol, Öyvind Fahlström, Lee Lozano and Claes Oldenburg, represented by their works from the 1960s, a period dominated by pop art. The artists Joseph Kosuth, Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler reveal different aspects of text- and idea-based conceptualism.

The early modernism - 1930s

The second part of the new presentation will be installed early this summer, from 12 May to 21 June. It will focus on early modernists such as Georges Braque, Sigrid Hjertén, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Wassily Kandinsky and Lyubov Popova, followed by Sven X:et Erixson, Vera Nilsson and other artists who were active between the wars.

From minimalism

The final part will be hung towards the end of the summer, and will present several prominent contemporary artists, including Mike Nelson, Fia Backström and Doris Salcedo.

The new presentation of the collection is roughly chronological, with a few thematic highlights and side-tracks. Films and texts will be relate the various narratives to the period in which the works originated, thus linking them to our time when they are shown at Moderna Museet.

Film in focus this spring!

This spring, Moderna Museet is exploring the links between experimental film and art. Step by step, our new presentation of moving images is emerging. We are currently showing works by Dziga Vertov, Maya Deren, Andy Warhol, Robert Smithson and others. Over the next few weeks, seven exhibition spaces at Moderna Museet will be filled with moving images.

Tags: Fia Backström, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Maya Deren, Öyvind Fahlström, Wassily Kandinsky, Mary Kelly, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Joseph Kosuth, Lee Lozano, Mike Nelson, Emil Nolde, Claes Oldenburg, Lyubov Popova, Robert Rauschenberg, Germaine Richier, Martha Rosler, Doris Salcedo, Andy Warhol