2016-03-21 -Exhibition experts contribute their views about the Nobel Center

Press release March 21, 2016

Early in March, a conversation was organised among a number of museum directors from Europe, Australia and the United States. Their assignment was to discuss the future exhibitions at the Nobel Center. It turned out to be an engaged and inspiring discussion, and the conversation will continue at further meetings during the next few years.

During the past year the exhibition design firm Atelier Brückner in Germany has worked together with the Nobel Museum in Stockholm to develop an initial concept for the exhibitions at the Nobel Center.

“Alfred Nobel’s will – and his desire to reward those who had conferred the greatest benefit to mankind – influence and inspire many people around the world. They awaken ideas, stimulate creativity and foster optimism. Obviously this should also permeate the experiences of visitors to the Nobel Center,” says Olov Amelin, Director of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm.

At the Nobel Center, several levels of the building will contain exhibitions. One underlying idea is to shine a light on the creativity that is reflected in the work of many Nobel Laureates.

“Designing exhibitions based on the stories that surround the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Laureates is an enjoyment. We can provide inspiration by showing the Laureates’ lives and discoveries, but also by letting those who visit the Nobel Center be active. Here we have begun to plan various forms of creative environments, both for children and adults,” says Uwe Brückner.

Mike Sarna, Director of Collections and Public Engagement at Royal Museums Greenwich in London was one of the participants at the meeting. He stressed the importance of clearly defined target groups and community engagement as ways of succeeding in the process to come.

“It’s nice to be invited to share ideas and come with input to the development of the exhibition area in the Nobel Center. Developed in the right way I think the Nobel Center has potential to be an incredible dynamic place with creative exhibition areas”, he says.

Ann Follin, Director General for Sweden’s National Museums of World Culture, also took part in the conversation.

“A key to success is to be relevant in the present and show how the innovations and research breakthroughs that Nobel Prize winners was awarded for also have a connection to our time today. Many young people are interested in how we will live tomorrow and it’s each Museum’s task to take advantage of that power and the will to contribute,” says Ann Follin.

During the years until when the Nobel Center is scheduled to open, the task of creating the exhibitions will continue. Some of the exhibition ideas will be tested in the travelling exhibitions that are displayed around the world today under the auspices of the Nobel Museum.

Advisory committee
Among those on the advisory committee that has been established are directors from the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, the Royal Museums Greenwich (which includes the National Maritime Museum, the sailing ship Cutty Sark, the Queen’s House art gallery and the Royal Observatory), the Wellcome Trust in London, the Scheepvaartmuseum (National Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam, the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne and Sweden’s National Museums of World Culture (including the Mediterranean Museum, the Museum of Ethnography, the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities and the Museum of World Culture).

About Atelier Brückner
Atelier Brückner – based in Stuttgart, Germany – was established in 1997 by architect and stage designer Professor Uwe R. Brückner and architect Shirin Frangoul-Brückner. It is one of the world’s leading exhibition design and scenography firms. Among other projects, it was responsible for the visitor centre of the European Parliament in Brussels.

About the Nobel Center
The Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula will be the home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. It will build its public activities around exhibitions, conferences and school programmes about the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of subject areas – natural sciences, literature and peace. Based on the Nobel Prize-winning contributions and inspiring stories of the Laureates, the Nobel Center will be able to examine history as well as our own era and the major issues that are crucial to our world and our future. The shimmering brass-clad building was designed by David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger. In April 2014 a unanimous jury selected it as the winner of the Nobel Center architectural competition. The next step in the process is for the local plan to be finally be adopted by the Stockholm City Council during the spring.

For further information, please contact
Olov Amelin, Museum Director, Nobel Museum
olov.amelin@nobelmuseum.se, +46 8 534 818 29

Rebecka Oxelström, Head of Communications, Nobel Center
rebecka.oxelstrom@nobelcenter.se, + 46 734 12 66 75


AnnFollin. Photo: Anders Larsson


Mike Sarna. Photo: Anders Larsson

Uwe R Brückner och Olof Ameiln.  Photo: Johan Olsson

Uwe R Brückner och Olof Ameiln.
Photo: Johan Olsson