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Moderna Museet

Moderna Museet
111 49 Stockholm
Sweden

Moderna Museet, the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden, is a state museum for modern and contemporary art located on the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, opened in 1958. In 2009, the museum opened a new branch in Malmö in the south of Sweden.

The museum was opened in 9 May 1958. Its first manager was Pontus Hultén. On May 2010, Daniel Birnbaum became the new director of the museum.

In 2009, the museum opened a new branch in the house previously known as Rooseum in Malmö.

The museum houses Swedish and international modern and contemporary art, including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí and a model of the Tatlin's 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.

On 8 November 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.

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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