By Ana Maria Gonzalez
El Moderna Museet, opened in 1958, It is the main museum of modern and contemporary art in Sweden, located on the island of Skeppsholmen, in central Stockholm. The museum displays a variety of works local and international artists. His collection consists of works by some of the most important artists of the XX and XXI centuries.
Exhibits are rotated, so that each visit is possible to find new material like photographs, paintings and sculptures; also it has facilities, moving pictures, engravings, art books, textile works and other art forms.
The museum offers guided tours, in which the collection was walking in the company of a specialized guide. The tours cover various topics and are given in different languages.
Los Origenes del Museo derivan the Otte Shield, who in 1950 He became the director of the National Museum in Stockholm. This proposed creating a museum dedicated to modern art and contemporary. Beside the association created in 1953, Friends of Moderna Museet (Friends of Moderna Museet), made the core of future collections of the museum will be formed from the works of art of the twentieth century, owned by the National Museum.
During the night of the 11 of May of 1987, the work was stolen called “The garden” of the famous French Impressionist painter, Henri Matisse, valued at one million dollars, by a thief who entered the enclosure leading with a hammer.
The theft was reported to the Organization International Criminal Police (Interpol) and the agency Art Loss Register (ALR), who were responsible for the search. Late 2012, the work was found in good condition by the art dealer, Charles Roberts. After performing a search site in the database of the Art Loss Register of London, He contacted the attorney Christopher A. Marinello, It is packed and returned through the Swedish Ministry of Culture.
In 1993, six works were stolen from Picasso and two Braque for a total value of more than 60 millions of euros. This theft inspired movie plot Rififi (in French Rififi). Only three works Picasso They were recovered.