The Swedes seem to do everything better. Set, practically on its own little island Skeppsholmen, Moderna Muset is just the right size and cleverly displays a stellar permanent collection in reverse chronological order. Like a walk back in time, weave your way through key works by Picasso, Bacon, Dali, Pollock and Matisse. But, even more interesting perhaps, is access to the Scandinavian contemporaries you’ve never heard of – like Hilma af Klint. Her occult-inspired works predicted and predated the first purely abstract compositions by the likes of Kandinsky and Mondrian. And the best bit is she knew she was ahead of her time: Hilma was so convinced that the world was not ready to understand her work that she made sure it wasn't shown anywhere until 20 years after her death in 1944.
While you’re there: There’s an espresso bar selling perfect coffee and Swedish toffee as well as a restaurant with views over the water. modernamuseet.se
Words by Tabitha Joyce. The Iris Letter February 2017.