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 2020
On View:Stockholm
Tora Vega Holmström
1880 - 1967
Sweden Främlingar, 1913-1914
Olja på duk
Bildmått: 78,5 × 73,5 cm Yttermått: 88 × 82 × 4 cm
Donation 2005 from Birgit Rausing (The Second Museum of Our Wishes)
MOM/2005/88 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Tora Vega Holmström was drawn to the vibrant city and found her models among guest workers in the Stockholm harbour. The people in this painting belonged to a family of Italian workers. Holmström travelled constantly all over Europe and North Africa. Marseille became her home away from home. This painting was exhibited in London and at the Baltic Fair in Malmö in 1914, where it was criticised for its modern style, especially the bold colour combinations. The facets in the picture resemble mosaics and the cubist art that had emerged on the European Continent. The woman radiates strength, but the nudity of her and the child suggests vulnerability.
- Signature, inscriptions, and markings
- Exhibition history
- Exhibition catalogues
- Bibliography
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