Norrköping Art Museum
OPEN TUE - SUN 12-4, WED 12-8
Norrköping Art Museum is a place for art encounters and unexpected experiences. The museum has one of Sweden’s leading art collections and focuses on Swedish modernism and contemporary art. The museum also has one of the country’s largest collections of graphic art. Exhibitions focus on the output of individual artists or are thematic within an international context. At the art museum you can also enjoy lectures and other cultural programmes that will expand and deepen your art experiences in various ways.
A brief history
The museum’s history began with a generous donation by Swedish industrialist Pehr Swartz at the beginning of the 20th century. His donation of several hundred art works was exhibited in Villa Swartz, which was then both a museum and a library. In the autumn of 1946 Norrköping Museum was inaugurated at Kristinaplatsen. Exhibitions about the city’s history were presented in the galleries with a low ceiling height, and art works were exhibited in the other galleries.
The building was designed by Kurt von Schmalensee and in 1963–64 he added the Harlekinen auditorium. In the 1980’s the museum became an art museum. In 1997 the art museum was renovated inside and out.
In the façade facing the sculpture park to the south, the rows of windows were replaced with three bay windows, which created better conditions for exhibiting the art works in the galleries. The collections continued to grow, with a focus on 20th-century art. Many innovative and noteworthy Swedish artists are represented in the collection.The sculpture park around the art museum was inaugurated in 1960. The park is the result of a donation and currently features some 15 sculptures.
The museum’s collection contains everything from 18th-century portraits filled with lace and ruffles to 21st-century video art and photography. A selection of these works is always presented on the upper level of the museum. In the exhibition rooms visitors can follow the development of art over three centuries. Exhibitions with an art history theme are often presented in parallel with contemporary forms of art expression. Placing contemporary works against a historical background creates the conditions for new perspectives.
Current exhibition Hem Längtan / Home Sickness -read more here
Guided tours in English
During the summer, June-August, opening hours are Tuesday-Sunday 12AM-4 PM, Wednesday 12 AM-8 PM. Welcome!
All exhibitions are free.
Norrköping Art Museum
Telephone +46 11-15 26 00