Photo: Elina Carlstein

About the museum

Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art has been named the Swedish Museum of the Year 2019. The Swedish International Council of Museums (Svenska ICOM) and the Swedish Museums association (Sveriges Museer) stand behind the award.

– We are incredibly happy and proud at Skissernas Museum! The award is a confirmation of the extensive and determined work we have done in recent years. We have succeeded in lowering the threshold and reaching a wider and younger audience. The museum has become relevant – for more people. A place where we meet and where the public conversation is ongoing, says Patrick Amsellem, Museum Director at Skissernas Museum. 

Skissernas Museum is a unique art museum that focuses on the artistic creative process. It features the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and preparatory work for Swedish and international public art. 

The large exhibition rooms hold modern and contemporary art – from small pencil drawings to colourful, monumental paintings and large-scale plaster sculptures. There are sketches by international artists such as Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, Henry Moore and Fernand Léger, and one of Europe’s foremost collections of sketches by Mexican monumental painters such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The Swedish Gallery exhibits works by Sigrid Hjertén, Isaac Grünewald and Siri Derkert and contemporary artists such as Linn Fernström, Gerhard Nordström and Matthias van Arkel. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum presents a series of new temporary exhibitions every year, featuring both contemporary and earlier artists. In addition, a rich and varied program is on offer for children, teens and adults with guided tours, artists’ talks, lectures, concerts, performances, creative workshops and much more. The museum also has an extensive image and clip archives on public art from Swedish and international newspapers and magazines from the 1930s until today.

The museum, which was founded in 1934 and is part of Lund University, today consists of connected buildings from six different periods. The most recent extension, designed by Elding Oscarson, gave the museum a new façade towards the museum’s sculpture park with a new entrance, museum shop and restaurant to welcome visitors. The same architects are responsible for the covered inner courtyard, converted into the Birgit Rausing Hall, which is used as a meeting place for various events and functions in the new museum. Read more about the museum’s history.