The Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art
At the Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art in Lund you can gain insight into the creation of many well-known public works of art through sketches and models. Here you can find sculptures, tapestry, paintings and buildings by many great 20th century artists, Swedish as well as foreign.
The updated architecture of the exciting building was also given Sweden’s most prestigious architectural award, The Kasper Salin Prize, in 2017. The museum collections currently consist of nearly 30,000 items from almost every part of the world.
The museum was founded in 1934 by art professor Ragnar Josephson at Lund University. His intention was to create an archive of the creative process, from first draft to finished piece, within the public art.
The Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art is unique in its kind and each year it receives donations or makes new acquisitions for its collections. The collections are open to the public through both permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions. On display here is Swedish as well as international art that ties to the museum’s concept of the artistic process. The museum also offers guided tours, music evenings, lectures and film screenings.
Reconstructions, donations and architectural awards
The building itself was built as early as 1921 but it has been reconstructed and added to several times throughout the decades. The latest reconstruction was performed by the National Property Board of Sweden in 2015-2016 and provided the museum with a better and more appealing entrance, a museum shop, a restaurant with outdoor seating and a new meeting place in the now glazed courtyard.
This work was made possible thanks to two generous donations. The winning proposal for the design, “Skissernas trädgårdar”, was created by the young architectural duo Elding and Oscarson. Their excellent room sequences and an exciting exterior in concrete and weathering steel plates resulted in the prestigious Kasper Salin Prize in 2017.
The background of the collections
Ragnar Josephson had during his time as secretary for Stockholm’s Beauty council in the 1920’s come in contact with several well-known monumental artists. The archive was primarily built with the help of donations from these artists. Josephson also received support from the painter Prince Eugen, a member of the Royal Family. As early as its start in 1934, the collection contained around 500 sketches that were exhibited, and this is viewed as its first inauguration.
In 1935 it was called Arkiv för svensk dekorativ konst (Archive of Swedish decorative art). In 1940-41 the growing collection was moved to an old gymnasium hall in the previous elementary school on Helgonabacken. Prince Eugen unveiled the new facilities in April of 1941.
The museum first and foremost functioned as a study collection for researchers and had no real outward activities. In 1984, when the museum celebrated its 50th anniversary, the museum changed its name to Konstmuseet (the Art Museum) - Archive for decorative art. In the spring of 1991 as the museum celebrated its second 50th anniversary (and the 100th anniversary of Ragnar Josephson’s birth) it changed its main name to Skissernas Museum - Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art.
- Guided tours
Place on map
223 62 Lund
- Construction year: 1921, addition in 1959, 1988 och 1990, reconstruction and addition in 2000-04 och 2015-16
- Architect: 1921 Carl Andren, addition 1957 Hans Westman, addition 1987 Karl Koistinen and Göran Hellborg with Sivert Lindblom as artistic consultant. 2004 Johan Celsing. 2015-16 Elding Oscarson Architects