Rafael Moneo (b. 1937) is one of the leading contemporary architects. As a young architect, Moneo took part in the project to build the Sydney Opera House. His flair for adapting building design to sensitive surroundings was recognized in 1989 when his was chosen out of 211 entries as the winner of the competition to design the Moderna Museet’s
The large room on the entrance level is used for temporary exhibitions. Three rooms on the same level have an alternating selection of collections from the eras 1900-45, 1946-70 and 1971 to the present day. The middle level has an auditorium, cinema and photographic library. Another entrance is at the lowest level.
The Child’s Brain (1914) The surrealist Giorgio de Chirico gave his work the title The Ghost, but in the irrational spirit of the movement Louis Aragon renamed it in a pamphlet about the artist’s 1927 retrospective.
Two of the city’s oldest palaces are located in this square, flanked by two bronze horses. The palace at No. 8 was built in the mid-17th century by Field Marshal Gustaf Horn. It was rebuilt 100 years later, when it acquired the character of an 18th-century French palace.
Foreign ambassadors and ministers lodged here when they visited the capital, so it became known as the Ministers’
Palace. Later it became a base for overseas administration and soon earned its present name of Utrikes-ministerhotellet Bronze horse on (Foreign Ministry Blasieholmstorg Hotel). Parts of the building are now used as offices by the Musical Academy and the Swedish Institute.
Baatska Palatset stands nearby at No. 6. Its exterior dates from 1669 and was designed by Tessin the Elder.
In 1876-7 it was partly rebuilt by F W Scholander for the Freemasons, who still have their lodge here.
Another interesting complex of buildings can be found on the square at No. 10. The facade which faces on to Nybrokajen, along the water’s edge, is an attractive example of the Neo-Renaissance style of the 1870s and 1880s.
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