Museums Sweden

Swedish museum opening delayed until May

Bildmuseet to be located on new arts campus in Umea, a city with a small but vital scene

The new Bildmuseet in Umea, currently under construction

The opening of Bildmuseet, the new art museum building in the northern Swedish city of Umea, has been postponed from March to 19 May. “It [has taken] longer to install all the necessary technical equipment to guarantee the security and climate conditions needed for receiving loans from all over the world,” says the museum’s director Katarina Pierre.

Umea will be European Capital of Culture in 2014. The museum has been designed by Danish architects Henning Larsen and scheduled exhibitions include Mario Merz and Swedish illustrator Björn Berg.

Though located 600 kilometres north of the capital Stockholm and just 400 kilometres south of the arctic circle, Umea has a small but vital art scene. Its art school used to hold degree shows in the former museum building and will continue to do so in the new premises. A sculpture park in the city includes works by Tony Cragg, Bard Breivik, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Anish Kapoor and others.

There is also the Andersson Sandström gallery that represents the estate of Louise Bourgeois, Elin Elfström, Antony Gormley and Cragg.

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