About Magasin III

Tessa Praun, Museum Director and Chief Curator, Magasin III. Photo: Pierre Björk

Magasin III opens its innermost rooms in a new form

After having been closed since 2017, the museum welcomed visitors back to Frihamnen on October 22, 2020. We are currently closed until further notice due to the escalating spread of covid-19.

Upon reopening, we welcome our visitors to pre-book a spot in one of our guided tours. In addition to current exhibitions, visitors will also experience the production phase of upcoming exhibitions, the creation of new works, and the work that goes into caring for the collection when it is not on display. 

During your visit, you will meet one of us at Magasin III with a full-time role – curator, technician, communicator, or museum director – who will share her or his perspective on the art and our current exhibition projects. Through this new format, we want to share the work that moves art from the mind of the artist into the world.

Intermission 2017-2020
After thirteen years as exhibition curator at Magasin III, on July 1, 2017 I took on the role of museum director. Former director David Neuman now serves as our chairman. The privilege of reformulating our purpose allows us the unique opportunity to pause, think new thoughts, and reframe our work.

We are working on a publication about Magasin III’s 30-year history as well as intensifying the work with our collection through preservation, documentation, and research. Looking back on the many art experiences we have shared with you during our first 30 years and immersing ourselves in our archive is an important part of looking to the future. What has changed since the start of Magasin III? What do we feel is missing in the art world today–both nationally and internationally?

Magasin III believes in the ability of art to challenge and inspire people and society. This is why an institution like ours also needs to take a step back and create space for innovative thinking. One part of our future Magasin III is the permanent satellite Magasin III Jaffa in Israel, as well as our engagement with Accelerator at Stockholm University.

Tessa Praun
Museum Director & Chief Curator

About Magasin III

Magasin III’s public program is currently closed.

Magasin III was founded in 1987 to fill a gap. It is private institution with a mission to make the best of contemporary art available to a broad public. Through ambitious presentations of internationally established artists Magasin III has become one of the most important institutions in Sweden for contemporary art.

Magasin III believes that art has the ability to challenge and inspire people and society. That is why we have supported the arts since our inception, providing exhibiting artists with the opportunity to produce new works that influence, engage, and question. Then, as now, we invite you to experience the commitment, ambition and creativity of internationally established artists from around the world. Our exhibitions are at the core of our ever-growing collection of works by artists relevant to our time.

Magasin III has become one of the leading institutions of contemporary art in Europe. For over 30 years we have also lent works from our collection to museums around the world. Located since the beginning in a former warehouse in Frihamnen (the former Free Port of Stockholm). Between fall 2017 – fall 2020 the public program was closed in order to shape the future Magasin III. Since January 2018, Magasin III Jaffa is an permanent exhibition satellite in Jaffa/Tel Aviv, Israel.

Advisory board

David Neuman, Chairman Magasin III
Robert Weil, Chairman Proventus AB and Family Robert Weil Foundation
Sandra Weil, Freelance Curator, Tel Aviv
Lars Nilsson, Artist, Stockholm
Ann-Sofi Noring, Deputy Director Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Richard Julin, Artistic Director Accelerator at Stockholms university
Tessa Praun, Museum Director & Chief Curator Magasin III (adjunct)

Magasin III Jaffa

On January 20, 2018, Magasin III Jaffa opened its doors for the first time with zerubbabel – a solo exhibition with Israel-born American artist Haim Steinbach. The exhibition marks the launch of a diverse program that will feature both international and local artists in Jaffa, greater Tel Aviv. Magasin III Jaffa is located on 34 Olei Zion a residential neighborhood that borders with Jaffa’s famous flea market at the center of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim populations of Jaffa. The site was chosen for its location as well as architectural qualities.

“The space has been carefully planned so that exhibitions can be viewed at any time of the day or night, curated with a special emphasis on also being viewed from the outside.”David Neuman,Chairman Magasin III.

The General Manager of Magasin III Jaffa, Karmit Galili, says: “This is a truly exciting addition to our city. The satellite defines Magasin III’s longstanding involvement with the cultural scene in Israel. The area where Magasin III Jaffa is located has a rich and mixed history and we are very much looking forward to contributing to it and engaging with new audiences.”

Read more about Magasin III Jaffa

Curating art master program

”Magasin III’s commitment to the Curating art program at Stockholm University has existed from the very beginning—planning the program was personally an incredibly important phase in my life. It is with an overwhelming degree of pride that I see all these promising curators working in the cultural sector today. Many of ”our” curators have become colleagues, dear friends, and not least strong visionaries for our profession. An ongoing success story…”

David Neuman, Chairman of Magasin III and one of the founders of the Curating Art program.

The following information is from the Stockholm University:
The international Master programme Curating Art is a two-year curatorial education established and developed in 2003 as a joint enterprise between Stockholm University at the Department of Art History and managed through a systematic collaboration with affiliated curators, mainly at Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art. Its full name – Curating Art: International Master Programme in Curating Art, including Management and Law – reflects the curator’s internationalised, professional role and job market. With this as starting point, we wish to focus on the presentation and understanding of art and art exhibitions, including aspects connected to management, organization, institutional frameworks, and legal issues.

Read detailed course description, prerequisites and application directions.

Accelerator: Illustration 2BK Arkitekter


Accelerator is an exhibition space where art, science and social issues meet. It is part of Stockholm University. The mission of Accelerator is to engage actively with society, producing exhibitions presenting international and Swedish contemporary art.

A former physics laboratory at the Stockholm University has been transformed into Accelerator—a unique new arena for exhibitions, screenings, talks and interdisciplinary projects connecting the humanities, social science and science departments.

Magasin III has been involved with the Curating Art program at Stockholm University since 2003. The idea for Accelerator has been in development for a long time and was initiated by David Neuman, former Museum Director at Magasin III and Affiliated Professor at Stockholm University’s MA program Curating Art; and Professor Margaretha Rossholm-Lagerlöf. Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art and The Robert Weil Family Foundation are Founding Partners. Richard Julin is the Artistic Director at Accelerator. Read more about Accelerator here

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