Exhibition: ‘Another Story’ at Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Exhibition dates: February 2011 – end of 2011


A posting from an exhibition highlighting a collection of over 100,000 photographs – how lucky are they!

Many thankx to the Moderna Museet for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.


Another Story: Possessed by the Camera

Annika von Hausswolff. 'I Am the Runway of Your Thoughts' 2008


Annika von Hausswolff (Swedish, b. 1967)
I Am the Runway of Your Thoughts
© Annika von Hausswolff


Andreas Gursky. 'Bibliothek' 1999


Andreas Gursky (German, b. 1955)
© Andreas Gursky/BUS 2011


Candida Höfer. 'The Louvre in Paris X 2005 - the caryatid hall' 2005


Candida Höfer (German, b. 1944)
The Louvre in Paris X 2005 – the caryatid hall
© Candida Höfer/BUS 2011


Thomas Ruff. 'Häuser Nummer 9' 1989


Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958)
Häuser Nummer 9
© Thomas Ruff/BUS 2011


Cindy Sherman. 'Untitled' 2008


Cindy Sherman (American, b. 1954)
© Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures



In 2011, Moderna Museet’s new directors, Daniel Birnbaum and Ann-Sofi Noring, will launch a new presentation of the collection. Another Story gives a fresh angle on art history, based on works from the Moderna Museet collection. We will start by focusing on photography, which will gradually be given a more prominent position, only to fill the entire exhibition of the permanent collection this autumn.

If you want an art collection to develop and stay alive, it can’t remain static. You need to present it in new ways and look at it from new angles. That may sound obvious, but it is not that common. In 2011, Moderna Museet will take a radical step, with Another Story. Photography from the Moderna Museet Collection. This is possibly the most extreme re-hanging of the collection undertaken in the history of the museum.

There is a growing interest in photography today, as proven by the panoply of exhibitions, fairs and festivals throughout the world. And this is hardly surprising. Nowadays, practically everyone is a photographer, at the very least snapping pictures with the camera built into most mobiles.

Moderna Museet’s collection of photography, ranging from 1840 to the present day, is one of the finest in Europe, featuring many of the most prominent names in photo history and comprising more than 100,000 photographs. The collection provides a historic background to the art of photography, and now we are sharing this with all our visitors. Moreover, several magnificent private donations have recently enriched the collection with works by famous artists practising in the field of photography.

Moderna Museet has one of Europe’s finest collections of photography, ranging from 1840 to the present day. Many of the most famous names in photographic history are represented, and the collection comprises more than 100,000 works. The re-hanging of the permanent collection exhibition will be done in three stages. In February, we will open the first part, Another Story: Possessed by the Camera, which presents contemporary photography-based art. Just before summer, we open Another Story: See the World!, presenting the period 1920-1980. This autumn, finally, we look at the early days of photography. Another Story: Written in Light presents the pioneers of photography from 1840 to the first three decades of the 20th century. In autumn 2011 and for the rest of the year, the entire permanent collection exhibition will consist of photography and photo-based art.

Text from the Moderna Museet website [Online] Cited 22/07/2011 no longer available online


Another Story: See the World!

Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956) 'Sjukov-masten, radiomast i Moskva' 1929


Aleksandr Rodchenko (Russian, 1891-1956)
Sjukov-masten, radiomast i Moskva
© Aleksandr Rodtjenko


August Sander. 'Die elegante Frau - Sekrutärin beine WDR' 1927 /c. 1975


August Sander (German, 1876-1964)
Die elegante Frau – Sekrutärin beine WDR
1927 / c. 1975
© August Sander/BUS 2011


Christer Strömholm. 'Barcelona' 1959


Christer Strömholm (Swedish, 1918-2002)
© Christer Strömholm/Bildverksamheten Strömholm


Christer Strömholm. 'Hiroshima' 1963/1981


Christer Strömholm (Swedish, 1918-2002)
© Christer Strömholm/Bildverksamheten Strömholm


Irving Penn. 'Frozen Foods with String Beans, New York, 1977'


Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009)
Frozen Foods with String Beans, New York, 1977
© Irving Penn Foundation


Irving Penn. 'Mouth (for L'Oréal), New York, 1986'


Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009)
Mouth (for L’Oréal), New York, 1986
© Irving Penn Foundation


Another Story: Written in Light

Julia Margaret Cameron. 'The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty' 1866


Julia Margaret Cameron (British born India, 1815-1879)
The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty
© Julia Margaret Cameron



Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Moderna Museet is ten minutes away from Kungsträdgården, and twenty minutes from T-Centralen or Gamla Stan. Walk past Grand Hotel and Nationalmuseum on Blasieholmen, opposite the Royal Palace. After crossing the bridge to Skeppsholmen, continue up the hill. The entrance to Moderna Museet and Arkitekturmuseet is on the left-hand side.

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Closed Mondays

Moderna Museet website


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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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