Another Story: Written in Light - Pioneers from 1840

12200910076?profile=originalModerna Museet’s collection of photography, ranging from 1840 to the present day, is one of the finest in Europe, featuring many of the most prominent names in photo history and comprising more than 100,000 photographs, including pictures produced with older methods – daguerreotypes, calotypes and albumin silver prints. The collection provides a historic background to the art of photography, and now they are sharing this with all visitors. Moreover, several magnificent private donations have recently enriched the collection with works by famous artists practising in the field of photography.

In 2011, Moderna Museet will take a radical step, with a brand new series of exhibitions focussing on photography entitled Another Story: 1000 Photographs from the Moderna Museet Collection. This is possibly the most extreme re-hanging of the collection undertaken in the history of the museum.  The new presentation will be launched in three steps.

Of interest to fellow BPH members is the third exhibition in the autumn which visits the birth and early years of photography. Another Story: Written in Light focuses on the pioneers from 1840 and up to the first three decades of the 20th century. 

The other two earlier exhibitions are Another Story: Possessed by the Camera, highlighting contemporary photo-based art, followed by the opening of Another Story: See the World!, on the period 1920-1980. From the autumn of 2011 and until the end of the year, the permanent collection exhibition will consist entirely of photography and photo-based art.

“We are planning to publish four new books about our photography collection together with the German publishing company Steidl. The first book, Reality Revisited, was published in autumn 2010. This will be a ground-breaking project, both for the wider public and for experts on photography. Ours is the largest curated photo presentation ever to be undertaken by a Swedish museum,” says Ann-Sofi Noring, co-director.

Details of the autumn exhibition will be posted in BPH when available. In the meantime, the press release can be found here.


Photo: Alfred Tennyson, 1865 by Julia Margaret Cameron ( 24,7 x 19,9 cm) Moderna Museet.

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