Skissernas Museum in Lund, Sweden

Founded by art historian Ragnar Josephson in 1934, the Skissernas Museum at Lund University focuses mainly on the sketches and preparatory drawings produced for public art, offering visitors a unique look at the creative process of contemporary art.

Housed in the university’s former gymnastic hall, the museum contains a variety of artworks in different media, from modern Swedish sculptures to early 20th-century drawings by such famed artists as Henri Matisse, Sonia Delaunay, and Diego Rivera. It’s the largest collection of its kind, counting up to a total of 25,000 items, which started from 19 sketches donated by painter Prince Eugen.

Today, the museum has grown significantly larger than it was back then, with several new annexes added to its premises over the years. In addition to the collection of creative sketches, it also holds an extensive archive of public art collected from newspaper and magazine clippings since the 1930s. Outside the museum, there is a sculpture park featuring about 20 works including a version of Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s Non-Violence.

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