100 Great Paintings

The 2015 summer exhibition was a chance to revisit old favourites from Nationalmuseum’s collections and to discover new ones. 100 of the museum’s most beloved and famous paintings were on show, with the emphasis on works from the late 19th century.

Bruno Liljefors, A Cat and a Chaffinch. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, The Kitchen Maid. Hanna Pauli, Breakfast Time. the images are cropped.

Bruno Liljefors, A Cat and a Chaffinch. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, The Kitchen Maid. Hanna Pauli, Breakfast Time. The images are cropped.

28 May–30 August 2015
Shown at Konstakademien.

The 100 Great Paintings exhibition featured some of Nationalmuseum’s best-known and most popular works. For a limited time the summer of 2015, visitors had the opportunity to once again see some much loved favourites from the collections while the museum building remained closed for renovation.

Bruno Liljefors’ hunting cat, Rembrandt’s kitchen maid and Hanna Pauli’s summer breakfast are just some of the images that many visitors relate to and remember with affection. As well as an occasion for fond reunions, the exhibition was a chance for new visitors to discover such works for the first time.

All 100 works were drawn from Nationalmuseum’s own collection of paintings. The exhibition included portraits, landscapes, still lifes and history paintings spanning a period of more than 500 years, but with the emphasis on the late 19th century.

The featured paintings were pieces of history created in a bygone age that continue to speak to us today. Discussions of artworks are always fascinating, and for the duration of the exhibition Nationalmuseum was exploring ways to extend the reach of the paintings by writing and talking about them in social media and other venues. What happens when present-day audiences are faced with images from the past?

To accompany the exhibition, Nationalmuseum produced a lavishly illustrated catalogue and an app that served as an audio guide.

Carl Wilhemson, The Artist's sister.
Carl Wilhelmson, The Artist's sister.


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Art Library and Museum Archives,
Holmamiralens väg 2,
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 

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