New acquisitions: 18th-century French master drawings

Press Releases   •   Nov 16, 2017 12:00 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired three drawings by Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762), François Boucher (1703–70) and Nicolas Bernard Lépicié (1735–84), leading artists of the French 18th century. The works comprise two portraits and a figure study for one of the museum’s most famous paintings, The Triumph of Venus.


Gift honours Crown Princess in 40th birthday year

Press Releases   •   Nov 08, 2017 11:00 GMT

To mark the 40th birthday of HRH Crown Princess Victoria, the Friends of Nationalmuseum have presented the National Portrait Collection at Gripsholm Castle with a photographic portrait by Thron Ullberg depicting the princess in one of her favourite settings, the Gustav III Pavilion at Haga.


New acquisitions: French Romantic paintings of Rome

Press Releases   •   Oct 17, 2017 12:00 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired works by three French Romantic painters who worked in Rome in the early 19th century. The three paintings straddle the boundary of the plein air and vernacular genres. Although based on direct observation of the scene, all three are believed to have been wholly or partially painted in the studio. To varying degrees, figures lend the works a narrative character.


Nationalmuseum acquires Anton Alvarez sculpture

Press Releases   •   Sep 18, 2017 09:00 GMT

Nationalmuseum has added the ceramic sculpture Alphabet Aerobics E–16 by Anton Alvarez to its collection. Alvarez’s art is an ongoing study of how he can create artefacts while liberating himself from the creation process and the expectations and traditions of the world at large.


Nationalmuseum acquires important actor portrait by artist Carl Fredrik von Breda

Press Releases   •   Aug 17, 2017 11:00 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired a portrait by Carl Fredrik von Breda of the actor Saint-Ange. It is one of a suite of role portraits depicting members of King Gustav III’s French theatre troupe led by the legendary Jacques Marie Boutet, known as Monvel. Besides being a superb example of Gustavian art, the portrait shows the young von Breda’s skill as a portrait painter in his own right.


Nationalmuseum acquires two Italian scenes by Martinus Rørbye and Constantin Hansen

Press Releases   •   Jul 20, 2017 08:30 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired two Italian scenes by Danish golden age artists: Loggia on Procida by Martinus Rørbye (1835) and The Temple of Minerva at the Forum Nervae by Constantin Hansen (circa 1840). Each piece in its way represents some of the finest work produced by north European artists on their travels to the south.


New acquisition: Three works by German-Danish artist Louis Gurlitt

Press Releases   •   Jun 26, 2017 11:00 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired three works by the German-Danish artist Louis Gurlitt (1812–97), which between them illustrate different aspects of the artist’s diverse oeuvre. Gurlitt studied in Copenhagen and early in his career was considered a promising figure in Danish painting.


Nationalmuseum showcases smart Swedish design at Arlanda airport

Press Releases   •   Jun 19, 2017 09:00 GMT

These are exciting times for the design world. New technology is creating new opportunities, but there are major challenges involved in building a sustainable society. Crossing Borders–Smart Design, an exhibition presented in partnership with Swedavia, showcases products by Swedish designers in the fields of communication, manufacturing and sustainable design. The exhibition opens 28 June.


Invitation to press preview: Hundred Years of Finnish Design - From the Rafaela & Kaj Forsblom Collection

Press Releases   •   Jun 08, 2017 09:17 GMT

The burgeoning of design and fine craft in Finland from 1900 to the present day will be the theme of the closing exhibition at Nationalmuseum Design, Nationalmuseum’s temporary space for design-related exhibitions in Stockholm. The exhibition Hundred Years of Finnish Design - From the Rafaela & Kaj Forsblom Collection opens June 20 with a press preview at 10:00 the same morning.


Nationalmuseum’s summer exhibition at Gustavsberg Porcelain Museum celebrates the art of Wilhelm Kåge

Press Releases   •   Jun 02, 2017 09:45 GMT

About Nationalmuseum Sweden

Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s premier museum of art and design. The collections comprise some 700,000 objects, including older paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphic art from the late Middle Ages up to the beginning of the 20th Century. The collection of applied art and design spans from the 14th Century to the present day.

The museum building is currently under renovation and scheduled to open again in 2018. In the meantime, the museum will continue its activities through collaborations both in Sweden and abroad as well as temporary exhibitions at Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm.

Before its closure for renovation, the museum received around 400,000 visitors a year, attracted by the works of Rembrandt, Boucher, Watteau, Renoir, Velázquez, Goya, Dürer, among others. The collection of Nordic art is particularly prominent thanks to works by Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson and Alexander Roslin. Alongside painting, drawing, sculpture and applied art, the audience may also experience the development of 20th Century design with frequent, new acquisitions of contemporary design.

Included in Nationalmuseum’s collection is also the Swedish National Portrait Gallery at Gripsholm Castle, the world’s oldest national portrait gallery with more than 5,000 historical and contemporary portraits. The museum collections may also be visited at other royal palaces around Sweden, as well as at The Gustavsberg Porcelain Collection in the Stockholm area and the Tessin Institute in Paris.

Nationalmuseum is a government authority that falls within the remit of the Swedish Ministry of Culture. Our mission is to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage, provide knowledge and expertise, and to promote public access to art.