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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Moderna museet, the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden, is a state museum located on the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, that was first opened in 1958. Its first manager was Pontus Hultén.

It houses Swedish and international modern and contemporary art, including pieces by Picasso and Salvador Dalí and a model of the Tatlin Tower. The museum's restaurant is also famous on its own and popular due to its beautiful location.

Visiting the permanent collection was originally free of charge, but some of the temporary exhibitions had entrance fees. The fees were reinstated in 2007.

In 1993, six works by Picasso and two by Georges Braque totalling more than £40m were stolen from the museum in a renowned coup where the burglars came in through the roof by night, copying the method from the 1955 French movie Rififi (French: Du rififi chez les hommes). Only three of the Picasso paintings have been recovered.

Between 1994 and 1998, the museum was temporarily moved while the building in Skeppsholmen was rebuilt by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.

In 2005 it played host to the successful onedotzero festival bringing a new younger audience to the museum with screenings, installations, talks and live VJ audio-visual events.

In October 26, 2006, Pontus Hultén died.

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