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One of the rooms in the Museum of Sketches (photo: Skissernas Museum)

Gallery of sketches named Sweden’s ‘best museum’

Sweden’s Museum of the Year 2019 award has been given to the Museum of Sketches in the university city of Lund.

With accessibility and sustainability in focus, the Museum of Sketches at the University of Lund has been named Sweden’s Museum of the Year 2019.

The Museum of Sketches, or Skissernas, received the award during the Swedish Museum Association’s Spring Meeting, being held this year in Östersund on April 9-11. It was chosen from a shortlist of three candidates.

The prize, consisting of a glass sculpture designed by famed sculptor Bertil Vallien, was presented by Minister of Culture Amanda Lind.

“With accessibility and sustainability in focus, the Museum of Sketches has changed its building, content and working methods. It demonstrates how an innovative and strategic holistic perspective looks in theory and practice,” the jury declared.

“The museum raises the great issues of our time, such as power and climate. By addressing broad visitor groups and welcoming visitors with student guides from different subject areas, added value and impact are created in conversations about art and an expanded concept of artistic processes.”

The jury included Isabella Nilsson, permanent secretary at the Academy of Fine Arts, Pontus Forslund representing the association in Gothenburg, Anna Hyltse, head of the Gothenburg Museum of Art, which was the Museum of the Year winner in 2018, and Liv Ramskjaer, general secretary of the Norwegian Museum Association.

Adventurous tenderness
“Skissernas Museum has established itself as a meeting point where creativity can take place through an impressive public offering that attracts both new and familiar target groups,” said Mats Persson, general secretary of the Swedish Museums.

It “highlights its works and the artistic process with an adventurous tenderness that inspires both visitors and colleagues,” Forslund agreed.

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