Temporary exhibition:

Noir & Blanc – the black wave in Paris in the 1920s

11 November 2016 to 5 March 2017

The 1920s in Paris was a legendary time. After the Great War, artists from across the globe found their way to the city where anything was possible, both in art and in life. Paris became a focal point where different schools of art came together. Jazz took hold of France, and there was an explosion of interest in art from Africa. Everything “African” became fashionable, even if it had little actual connection to Africa itself.

“L’art nègre” became a cult art movement that reached its peak with the infamous Revue nègre presented by Rolf de Maré in 1925. There he introduced a young artist by the name of Josephine Baker. Almost overnight, she became one of the most adored stars of the era.

Meet Josephine in Dansmuseet’s autumn exhibition Noir & Blanc. Learn about many of the most popular figures, including artist Fernand Léger, who was commissioned by Rolf de Maré to produce the world’s first “Ballet nègre”. At the same time, see how racism grew around the cult described by conservatives and nationalists as “Le virus noir”.

Admission: 70 SEK. Free entry for visitors under the age of 18.


Permanent exhibition:

Rolf de Maré’s Museum of Movement

Dansmuseet is the world’s first museum of dance and movement. The founder of the museum, Rolf de Maré (1888–1964), travelled all over the world collecting artefacts and documenting dance in all its various forms. 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.

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.

Free admission

opening hours

Tuesday–Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday–Sunday 12.00-16.00
Mondays closed

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