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​Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden at The Morgan Library & Museum

Press Release   •   Jan 27, 2017 08:00 GMT

François Boucher, The Triumph of Venus, 1740. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum.

Nationalmuseum and The Morgan Library & Museum collaborates in the exhibition Treasures from Nationalmuseum of Sweden opening February 3. More than 75 masterpieces from the collection of Swedish count Carl Gustaf Tessin, now owned by Nationalmuseum, are brought to New York for a rare visit. The show includes works by artists such as Dürer, Raphael, Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau and Boucher.

The 18th century marked a peak in the artistic relationship between France and Sweden. French art was very influential in Sweden, and conversely a Swedish count, Carl Gustaf Tessin, played a significant role in the artistic life of the French capital for a brief but intense period. Tessin served as Swedish ambassador in Paris from 1739 to 1742. In this role, he was involved in top-secret political negotiations, but the enduring legacy of his time in France was the extensive contacts he made in the art world and the many works of art he acquired. The collection now belongs to Nationalmuseum, where it is one of the crown jewels.

An exclusive selection of more than 75 notable works from the Tessin collection will be on show at The Morgan Library & Museum during the spring 2017. Among the artworks are paintings by François Boucher and Jean-Siméon Chardin and drawings by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Raphael, Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Nicholas Poussin and Antoine Watteau. A lavishly illustrated catalogue has been published to coincide with the exhibition, featuring various articles about Tessin and his collection based on new research. There will also be related programs with lectures, workshops, concerts and gallery talks.

The exhibition Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin be on show at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York from February 3 through May 14 2017.

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Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s premier museum of art and design. The collections comprise older paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphic art, and applied art and design up 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. Nationalmuseum has partnerships with Svenska Dagbladet and the Grand Hôtel Stockholm, and acknowledges the support of FCB Fältman & Malmén.