New acquisition: Greta Garbo by Edward Steichen

Press Releases   •   Mar 15, 2018 15:15 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired a portrait of film legend Garbo, produced in 1928 by American photographer Edward Steichen. It was part of an entire series published in Vanity Fair. The portrait is an interesting example of contemporary avant-garde photography involving an extreme close-up.


New acquisition: A 15th century drawing by François Chavueau of Queen Kristina entering Paris in 1656

Press Releases   •   Feb 20, 2018 15:00 GMT

The Nationalmuseum has acquired a drawing by François Chauveau depicting the procession of Queen Kristina’s solemn entry into Paris on 8 September 1656. She was then at the height of her sovereign fame and large crowds of people had gathered on the streets of the city to get a glimpse of the Queen. Until now, the drawing has been part of a private art collection in France.


New acquisition: The sculpture ”Struggle for existence” by Agnes de Frumerie

Press Releases   •   Jan 16, 2018 14:10 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired a piece created by the Swedish sculptor Agnes de Frumerie (1869-1937) in collaboration with the French ceramist Edmond Lachenal (1855-1948). The sculpture, which is a nearly one meter tall relief made of glazed stoneware, depicts a group of people in an arc shaped opening.


New acquisitions: Before Photography - French genre painting at the beginning of the 19th century

Press Releases   •   Dec 18, 2017 10:45 GMT

Nationalmuseum has acquired three paintings from early 19th century France, by the artists Étienne Bouhot and Charles Marie Bouton. The trio of works reflect the era's fascination with city views and different forms of spatiality. These images of everyday life are utterly unsentimental. Perspective and light are important artistic tools that can be used to create a sense of illusion.


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.

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.