Dansmuseet is a unique museum of dance and movement founded by Rolf de Maré (1888–1964). He travelled all over the world collecting artefacts, documenting and filming dance cultures. Dansmuseet houses this unique collection of authentic costumes, instruments, sculpture, puppets, photographs and masks from the dance cultures of Asia, Africa and North America. Also included is a rich collection of items from the Ballets Suédois, a Swedish dance ensemble in Paris directed by Rolf de Maré in the 1920s. This company performed artistically innovative productions with the help of a range of artists, musicians, authors and filmmakers, all of whom went on to become world-famous.
Rolf de Maré was an avid collector of contemporary art. Artworks by Fernand Léger, Giorgio de Chirico, Francis Picabia, Pierre Bonnard and Nils Dardel comprise a significant part of the Dansmuseet collection, alongside set and costume design sketches by Alexandre Benois, Leon Bakst, Isaac Grünewald, Wilhelm Kåge and Lennart Rodhe. In recent years, the museum has also acquired one of the world’s leading collections of original dance costumes from the legendary Ballets Russes in Paris, as well as from the Royal Swedish Opera and the Cullberg Ballet.
Dansmuseet opened in Stockholm in 1953, in the basement of the Royal Swedish Opera. With the creativity of the Ballets Suédois as his guiding light, Rolf de Maré hoped his museum would become a meeting place for many art forms, blurring the distinctions between dance, theatre, painting and photography. De Maré strove his entire life to improve the significance and status of dance in society. The museum has been located in many different places in Stockholm over the years. Drottninggatan 17 is the museum’s sixth address, and here many different art forms continue to come together, focused around the concept of movement.
Each year the museum presents several temporary exhibitions and a wide range of offerings for all ages. Here you can see dance performances, enjoy unique musical experiences, eat and drink in style in our bistro, or take part in dance workshops in this inspirational environment. The museum also has a Study Center with book and video libraries and extensive archives, a visit to which can be arranged in advance. The museum shop has Stockholm’s largest collection of dance books and films, as well as souvenirs for all ages.
Welcome to Dansmuseet, Rolf de Maré – Museum of Movement!