Museums Sweden

Talks of museum merger in Stockholm

The Modern Museet could take over the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design after its director was forced out this summer

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet may take over the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design after its director Lena Rahoult was forced to step down this summer, following government concerns over the museum’s finances and criticism of its programming. Rahoult had led the national museum since 2008 and her contract was due to run through December, but the government decided to end her mandate early.

“For a long time, the Cultural Department has followed the development of the institution and pointed out a need for a change,” Sweden’s cultural minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth says. “The efforts made were not enough and we decided to replace Lena Rahoult within the government.” The former journalist Kerstin Brunnberg is serving as interim director until February next year.

The idea for the Moderna Museet to take over the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design is a natural one, since the two institutions share a building on the island of Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. “It has been suggested on several occasions [that we should] merge the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design together with the Moderna Museet,” Liljeroth says. “We are going to look at the possibilities.”

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