Moderna Museet’s focus on photography in 2011 has been met with great enthusiasm even before it is in full swing. Several impressive private donations of works by key artists working in the photographic medium have further enhanced the museum’s collection. Since the project Another Story (which will be launched in three phases over the year) highlights the Moderna Museet’s collection; the two directors of Moderna Museet, Daniel Birnbaum and Ann-Sofi Noring say “this generous donation is the best thing that could happen to the museum and its visitors”. Many of the new works can already be seen when the new presentation of the collection opens on February 24.
Commenting on the donations, Daniel Birnbaum and Ann-Sofi Noring said, “It’s fantastic that Moderna Museet has such generous friends. These new donations are a valuable enhancement of the Swedish people’s collection of photography, and give us a more comprehensive picture of our contemporary art. The museum’s own funding for acquisitions of art is restricted. It is with great satisfaction we have received so many valuable works in the past few weeks that significantly improve our ability to illustrate the development of photo-based art. Our new focus on photography could not have got off to a better start!”
Annika von Hausswolff, I Am the Runway of Your Thoughts, 2008
Donated by Lena and Per Josefsson.
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #143 from the Fairy Tales Series, 1985
Donated to The American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc. by Helena and Per Skarstedt.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Ellsworth Kelly, 1984
Adam Fuss, two works, Untitled. From the Mask series, 2004
Sara Charlesworth, Camera Work, 2009
Alex Prager, Crowd #1 (Stan Douglas), 2010
All the above were donated by Theodor and Isabella Dalenson.
Moderna Museet has also acquired four works respectively by the photographers Malick Sidibé and Samuel Fosso; these will also be featured in Another Story.
Malick Sidibé: I would like to see my skirt, 1963; Dance the Twist, 1965; Drissa Balo Wedding Party, 1967; On the Motorbike in my Studio, 1973
Samuel Fosso: four works from Untitled, Noir & Blanc Années 70 series, 1970-1980