Bildmuseet is a venue for experiences, reflection and discussion. The museum exhibits contemporary international art, photography, architecture, design and other forms of visual culture, along with art historical retrospectives.
Existential, political and philosophical issues are key to the programme. The exhibitions are complemented by guided tours, lectures, seminars and films. Open workshops and educational activities inspire creativity.
Bildmuseet received a Special Commendation from the European Museum of the Year jury last year, and was one of the top candidates for the Swedish Museum of the Year Award as well as for the Council of Europe Museum Prize.
Bildmuseet is a part of Umeå University. It is housed in an acclaimed building at the Umeå Arts Campus by the shores of the Umeälven river, right next to Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå School of Architecture and Humlab-X. The new museum building, designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with White, was nominated for the European Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 and has been acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful university museums.
This year Umeå University is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Bildmuseet will be taking part in the programme of events.