Meaningful Encounters: People, Art, Architecture – National Museum of Sweden

Meaningful Encounters: People, Art, Architecture - National Museum of Sweden
Fredrik Eriksson

Head of Renovation
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Meaningful Encounters: People, Art, Architecture – National Museum of Sweden

Fredrik Eriksson, Head of Renovation, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

National Museum of Sweden, Blasieholmen, closed for visits in 2013 and reopens after an extensive renovation and redesign in 2017. The Nationalmuseum building was created with the idea that the experience of art is enhanced when the artworks communicate with the surrounding space. Originally, the museum comprised galleries that varied in size, decoration, color and light – different kinds of galleries for different kinds of presentations and art. Over the years, the building changed. The galleries became more similar in appearance. Windows were covered and partition walls were erected, shielding daylight and views of Stockholm. In our vision of a renovated Nationalmuseum building, the varied environments will be reinstated and utilized to create a multitude of art experiences.

  • The architectonic qualities – the layout, the flow of rooms, the unique features of individual rooms – will be respected and used to enhance the encounters between people and art
  • The diversion of expressions, colors and ornamentation will be reinstated.
  • Daylight and views of Stockholm will enhance the experience.
  • Different exhibition concepts are being developed in order to offer different perspectives on art and design, and to clearly – visually and spatially – separate different concepts from each other and help visitors to orientate, the location of these different presentations will take advantage of the qualities the layout offers.