International collection

The works in the international collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation reflect the international trends of their respective periods. The collection visually chronicles the story of European modernism and the changing tides of art history from the early 20th century to the present day. It also reflects how the version of art history conveyed by the collection was shaped by the choices of its collector, Professor Sara Hildén.

The international collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation consists of nearly 600 paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works.

1960s: Informalism, geometrical abstract art, kinetic art

Informalism was a 1960s European art movement emphasizing freedom and immediacy of personal expression and the primacy of the artist’s emotional reality. Informalism is represented widely in the Sara Hildén Foundation Collection by artists such as the influential French and Spanish masters Pierre Soulages, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Rafael Canogar, Roger Bissière, Alfred Manessier and Antoni Tàpies, Germany’s Hans Hartung, China’s Zao Wou-Ki and the Italian sculptor Luciano Minguzzi.

A competing 1960s movement was geometrical abstract art, which took inspiration from Cubism. Favouring harmony, orderly composition, clean-lined forms and flat colour planes, the movement is represented in the collection by Josef Albers, Max Bill, Alberto Magnelli, Richard Mortensen and Serge Poliakoff. Through the addition of perceptible movement, geometrical art was taken to new dynamic heights by artists such as Hungarian-born Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian lumino-kinetic artist Nicolas Schöffer, and Argentina-born Julio Le Parc.

1970s: New Realism and other figurative movements

New Realism and other figurative movements emerged in the 1970s. The collection offers many samples of this period, including works by the French New Realists Arman and Jean-Olivier Hucleux, Bulgarian-born Christo, the Chilean photorealist Claudio Bravo and American artists Edward Kienholz and George Segal. Arman and the latter two artists physically transplanted reality in museums in the form of found objects and assemblages.

Modernist classics and contemporary art

Although Sara Hildén’s primary ambition was to assemble a collection of contemporary art, she was also an admirer of modernist classics. The contemporary collection is rounded out by a rich compliment of early modern masters such as sculptors Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore, painters Francis Bacon, Victor Brauner, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Delvaux, Paul Klee, Aristide Maillol, Joan Miró, Giorgio Morandi, Georges Rouault, Graham Sutherland, Nicolas de Staël and Yves Tanguy, and modernist classics such as Pierre Bonnard, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso, whose work provides an enlightening glimpse into early 20th century art history.

1980s and 1990s: Rounding out the permanent exhibition

In the 1980s and 1990s, the collection was further expanded with the goal of rounding out the permanent exhibition with a rich, coherent, and visually balanced compliment of new works. Artists added in the 1980s included Claude Viallat, Frank Stella and Pierre Buraglio. After the death of Professor Sara Hildén, the foundation’s board of trustees has continued her work. New artists added in the 1990s included Jean-Charles Blais, Enzo Cucchi, Tony Cragg, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Susana Solano and Bernard Venet.

2000s: Contemporary highlights

New works accessioned in the 2000s have focused on topical contemporary trends, mainly in painting and sculpture. The latest additions include A. R. Penck, Jacob Dahlgren, Ross Bleckner, Marc Swanson, Andreas Eriksson, Berta Fischer, Jason Martin, Mariko Mori and Daniel Jacoby. Many recent acquisitions have been made in conjunction with exhibitions featuring artists such as Sean Scully, Richard Deacon, Wilhelm Sasnal, Subodh Gupta, Ellen Gallagher and Erwin Wurm.

The artists of the international collection

The international collection of Sara Hildén Foundation includes works by a total of 229 artists.

  • ALBERS, Josef

    ALVIANI, Getulio

    AMANO, Kunihiro

    ANTES, Horst

    ARMAN (Armand Fernandez)

    ARP, Jean (Hans)

    ASADA, Hiroshi

    ASHOONA, Pitseolak

    AY-O (Takao Iijima)

    BACON, Francis

    BAJ, Enrico

    BALKENHOL, Stephan

    BASILIO, Dora

    DE BRUYCKERE, Berlinde

    BELLMER, Hans

    BERNIK, Janez


    BILL, Max

    BISSIER, Julius

    BISSIÈRE, Roger

    BLAIS, Jean-Charles

    BLECKNER, Ross

    BOLL, Otto

    BONNARD, Pierre

    BOTERO, Fernando

    BRAQUE, Georges

    BRAUNER, Victor

    BRAVO, Claudio

    BREIVIK, Bård

    BURAGLIO, Pierre

    CAMPBELL, Steven

    CANNELLA, Pizzi

    CANOGAR, Rafael

    CARO, Anthony

    CARROLL, Lawrence

    CASSEL, Axel

    CHAGALL, Marc

    CHIRICO, Giorgio de

    CHRISTO (Christo Javacheff)

    CLOSE, Chuck

    COPNALL, John

    CRAGG, Tony

    CUCCHI, Enzo

    CUPRYŚ, Jacek

    DAHLGREN, Jacob

    DEACON, Richard

    DELVAUX, Paul

    DIEHL, Hans-Jürgen

    DINE, Jim

    DUBUFFET, Jean

    DUCHÊNE, Gérard

    DZAMA, Marcel

    ELIYAH (Elijah Pootoogook)

    ERIKSSON, Andreas

  • FARRERAS, Francisco

    FAUTRIER, Jean

    FISCHER, Berta

    FONTANA, Lucio

    FRANCIS, Mark

    FRANCIS, Sam


    FUKASAWA, Shiro

    GALLAGHER, Ellen

    GALLO, Frank

    GENOVÉS, Juan

    GERTSCH, Franz

    GIACOMETTI, Alberto

    GRIS, Juan

    GUITET, James

    GUPTA, Subodh

    GÄFGEN, Wolfgang

    HAAGE, Sixten

    HAMNGREN, Hans

    HARTUNG, Hans

    HERSTAD, Nanna

    HIDESHIMA, Yukio

    HOCKNEY, David

    HOUSEAGO, Thomas


    HUCLEUX, Jean Olivier

    HULTÉN, Carl-Otto

    HUMANN, Richard

    HWANG, Kyu-Baik

    IKEDA, Masuo


    ISLAM, Monirul

    IVERUS, Lennart

    JACOBY, Daniel

    JANSSEN, Horst

    JOFFE, Chantal

    JOHNSON, Dennis

    JONES, Allen

  • KAMIYA, Shin

    KANOVITZ, Howard

    KATZ, Alex

    KIENHOLZ, Edward

    KLAPHECK, Konrad

    KLEE, Paul

    KOLÁR, Jiří

    KRAMER, Harry

    KUBACH-WILMSEN, Anna Wilmsen & Wolfgang Kubach
    LAM, Wifredo

    LAMONICA, Roberto de

    LANDQVIST, Lennart

    LANG, Pe

    LAURENCIN, Marie

    LÉGER, Fernand

    LE PARC, Julio

    LEE XE


    LIN, Richard (Lin Show Yu)

    LONG, Richard

    LONGO, Robert

    LÓPEZ, Francisco

    LORENZO, Antonio

    LUCEBERT (Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk)

    LÜPERTZ, Markus

    MAGALHÃES, Roberto

    MAGNELLI, Alberto

    MAILLOL, Aristide

    MANESSIER, Alfred

    MARCACCIO, Fabian

    MARCHELLI, Mirco

    MARINI, Marino

    MARTIN, Jason

    MATTA, Roberto

    MAURER, Dóra

    MERZ, Mario

    MIKI, Tomio

    MINGUZZI, Luciano

    MIRÓ, Joan

    MOLIN, Lei

    MOORE, Henry

    MORANDI, Giorgio

    MORI, Mariko

    MORTENSEN, Richard

    MOTHERWELL, Robert

    NAGEL, Peter

    NEUMANN, Max

    NIELSEN, Palle

    NIETO, Rodolfo

    OTHONIEL, Jean-Michel

  • PEARLSTEIN, Philip

    PEINADO, Francisco

    PENCK, A.R.

    PEREZ, Augusto

    PETTERSSON, Petter

    PÉTURSSON, Eggert

    PICASSO, Pablo

    PIFFARETTI, Bernard

    PIJUAN, Joan Hernández

    PINCHON, Jean Claude

    PIZA, Arthur

    POLIAKOFF, Serge

    POOTOOGOOK, Eegyvudluk

    POSEN, Stephen

    POSTMA, Hannes

    PROCKTOR, Patrick



    QUINTERO, Daniel


    RAYO, Ómar

    RAYSSE, Martial

    RICHIER, Germaine


    RILEY, Bridget

    ROUAULT, Georges

    SALT, John

    SANTOMASO, Giuseppe

    SASNAL, Wilhelm

    SATO, Key

    SAVELLI, Angelo



    SCHÜTTE, Thomas

    SCHÖFFER, Nicolas

    SCOTT, William

    SCULLY, Sean

    SEGAL, George

    SEGUI, Antonio

    SMITH, Anj

    SMITH, Kiki

    SOBRINO, Francisco

    SOLANO, Susana

    SOTA, Jesus de la

    SOTO, Jesús Rafael

    SOULAGES, Pierre

    SPADARI, Giangiacomo

    STAËL, Nicolas de

    STELLA, Frank

    SUGAI, Kumi

    ŠUTEJ, Miroslav

    SUTHERLAND, Graham

    SWANSON, Marc


    TANGUY, Yves

    TÀPIES, Antoni

    THELANDER, Pär Gunnar

    TITUS-CARMEL, Gérard

    TOBEY, Mark


    TOYOFUKU, Tomonori

    TOYOKUNI III (Utagawa Kunisada)

    TOYOSHIMA, Hironao


    TROSCHKE, Wolfgang

    TROVA, Ernest Tino

    USAMI, Keiji

    VALAMANESH, Hossein

    VARDANEGA, Gregorio

    VASARELY, Victor

    VELIČKOVIĆ, Vladimir

    VENET, Bernar

    VIALLAT, Claude

    VIANI, Alberto

    VILLALBA, Dario

    VOSS, Hans D.

    WEBER, Klaus

    WEBER, Willy

    VIEIRA DA SILVA, Maria Elena

    WINNER, Adam

    WINNER, Gerd

    WOLS (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze)

    WURM, Erwin

    WYCKAERT, Maurice



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