The Second Museum of Our Wishes

In 2006, Moderna Museet announced its vision of The Second Museum of Our Wishes, in a debate article written by its then director, Lars Nittve. In the article, he pleaded with the government for a one-off grant of SEK 50 million to address the gender imbalance in the Museum’s collection. The entire sum was to be earmarked for buying works by women artists from the first half of the 20th century. This would entail a real opportunity to achieve a more correct historic representation of women artists.


In consequence, Moderna Museet’s collection has been enriched with a total of 26 works by 14 artists. In addition, the Hilma af Klint Foundation has agreed to deposit its collection with the Museum. The campaign for The Second Museum of Our Wishes yielded a fantastic result – but that does not by any means imply that the efforts to create a collection that conveys a more gender-neutral perspective on 20th and 21st century art history has been completed.

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© Tora Vega Holmström/Bildupphovsrätt 2018
On View:Stockholm
Tora Vega Holmström
1880 - 1967
Sweden Främlingar, 1913-1914
Olja på duk
78,5 x 73,5 cm
Donation 2005 from Birgit Rausing (The Second Museum of Our Wishes)
MOM/2005/88 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
This painting was started in autumn 1913 in Stockholm and was exhibited in London the following year. The woman and child were among a group of Italian guest workers in the Stockholm harbour. Despite their local connection, there is a foreign quality that marks Tora Vega Lindholm's fascination for other worlds, for vibrancy. Her friend, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, was in raptures over the painting and wrote of "the child who nevertheless gazes at a foreign world, incomprehensible and unfamiliar." The world not only surrounds them, but they carry it within themselves. There is something sombre about the woman and child, a sorrow that is emphasised by the greenish tone. A sense of foreboding has influenced the interpretations of this work.
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