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Exhibitions 2011

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Exhibitions 2011

Museum in a new light: Shimmering Silver 27 January 2011 – March 2012
The exhibition presents silverware from the 1550s to the present day and the variety in silver as a material. The items are on show in both daylight as well as artificial light to show the specific qualities that silver has. The exhibition is part of the project Museum in a new light, which considers how Nationalmuseum’s collections may be exhibited in a renovated museum building.
On Floor 1

Lust & Vice 
24 March – 14 August 2011
This spring’s exhibition shows examples of how sexuality, virtue and sin have been depicted in art since the 16th century – from an age when the Church preached that sexual contact was only permitted within wedlock to today’s questioning of who erotic art is created for. A total of 200 works are on show from the museum’s own collections, a mix of paintings, drawings, sculptures and applied art. 
On Floor 2

Visiting gods and goddesses 14 April 2011 – 15 January 2012
An exhibition that both children and adults can experience with all their senses. Come into the homes of the ancient gods and goddesses, poke around their belongings and learn more about their lives and adventures. None of them will be in when you visit. Try Jupiter’s throne, hold Neptune’s trident, make thunder and pat the three-headed dog Cerberus if you dare.
On the main floor, admission free

29 September 2011 – 22 January 2012
This autumn’s exhibition is about the independent artistic society called the Peredvizhniki, which was formed in Russia at the end of the 19th century. The realistic artists depicted the everyday life and social problems, often with a critical tendency, in paintings that are both familiar and unknown at the same time. 
On Floor 2

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Welcome to Nationalmuseum Sweden!

Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s museum of art and design. The collections include paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphic art from the 16th century up to the beginning of the 20th century and the collection of applied art and design up to the present day. The total amount of objects is around 700,000. .

The emphasis of the collection of paintings is on Swedish 18th and 19th century painting. Dutch painting from the 17th century is also well represented, and the French 18th century collection is regarded as one of the best in the world. The works are made by artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Boucher, Watteau, Renoir and Degas as well as Swedish artists such as Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson, Ernst Josephson and Carl Fredrik Hill.

The collection of applied art and design consists of objects such as ceramics, textiles, glass and precious and non-precious metals as well as furniture and books etc. The collection of prints and drawings comprises works by Rembrandt, Watteau, Manet, Sergel, Carl Larsson, Carl Fredrik Hill and Ernst Josephson. Central are the 2,000 master drawings that Carl Gustaf Tessin acquired during his tour of duty as Sweden's ambassador to France in the 18th century.

Art and objects from Nationalmuseum’s collections can also be seen at several royal palaces such as Gripsholm, Drottningholm, Strömsholm, Rosersberg and Ulriksdal as well as in the Swedish Institute in Paris. The museum administers the Swedish National Portrait Gallery at Gripsholm Castle, the world’s oldest national portrait gallery and the Gustavsberg collection with approximately 45,000 objects manufactured at the Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory. Nationalmuseum also curates exhibitions at Nationalmuseum Jamtli and the Gustavsberg Porcelain Museum.

Nationalmuseum is a government authority with a mandate to preserve cultural heritage and promote art, interest in art and knowledge of art and that falls within the remit of the Swedish Ministry of Culture.