, the Museum of Modern Art
, is a state museum located on the island of Skeppsholmen
in central Stockholm, that was first opened in 1958. Its first manager was Pontus Hultén
. On May 2010, Daniel Birnbaum
became the new director of the museum.
The museum houses Swedish and international modern and contemporary art, including pieces by Picasso
and Salvador Dalí
and a model of the Tatlin Tower
. The museum's collection includes also key works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp
, Louise Bourgeois
, Niki de Saint Phalle
, Henri Matisse
and Robert Rauschenberg
, as well as ongoing acquisitions by contemporary artists.In 1993, six works by Picasso
and two by Georges Braque
totaling more than £40m were stolen from the museum in a renowned coup where the burglars came in through the roof by night, copying the method from the 1955 French movie Rififi
(French: Du rififi chez les hommes
). Only three of the Picasso paintings have been recovered.
Pontus Hultén Collection
In 2005, former museum director Pontus Hultén
bequeathed nearly 800 works of art to Moderna Museet, along with his archive and library. A few works of the collection are on display with the museum's permanent collection; many others are exhibited in the purpose-built Pontus Hultén Study Gallery.
Visiting the permanent collection was originally free of charge, but some of the temporary exhibitions had entrance fees. The fees were reinstated in 2007.
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