press release

Acute art launch

"We are now live! Join us to explore the galleries and experience ”Rainbow”, the first #vr #artwork by Olafur Eliasson, as well as a selection of immersive art by emerging artists."

The VR Museum offers exclusive access to original virtual reality works by the world’s leading contemporary artists. The premiere of our subscription-based gallery features an original VR artwork by Olafur Eliasson, and is soon to be followed by Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Marina Abramović, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, and many more.

Within the museum we also present The Factory, a public gallery space, aimed at supporting and highlighting the work of emerging artists. Launching with pieces by up-and-coming Jakob Steensen, Float Collective, Ben Outram and Isaac Cohen, it’s a place for innovative talent, to explore and discover what the future of VR art will look like. All artworks in The Factory are available free of charge, making it accessible to VR and art enthusiasts as well as a wider audience.

Regular updates and guest-curated exhibitions will make the platform a transformative space, and addition to the way we create and consume art. It's a place to return to, with a constantly growing exhibition of evolving and interactive artworks, and new features to discover.


Daniel Birnbaum becomes appointed Director of Acute Art in London

After eight years as director Daniel Birnbaum leaves Moderna Museet in Stockholm to join Acute Art in London at the beginning of next year. Acute Art was founded in 2017 and works as a digital art laboratory, bringing together technology and artistic vision by producing original digital artworks. In this newly created role, Birnbaum will commission new artist projects and focus on identifying opportunities to bringing the artworks to the public, both within an institutional framework and online.

– For eight years I have had the privilege of directing one of the world’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art. I am grateful for having been given this opportunity and proud of what we have accomplished. Moderna Museet has an outstanding team. After this autumn I will be ready for new adventures that will involve experimental collaborations with some of the world’s most exciting artists, says Daniel Birnbaum.

First Daniel Birnbaum will bring a few projects at Moderna Museet to completion, among them the retrospective with the artists Gilbert & George of which he is a co-curator. He will also work on Are ‘Friends’ Electric?, a collaboration with the digital platform e-flux Architecture. The project accompanies Lars Bang Larsen’s exhibition Mud Muses, which explores the dialog between art and technology from Robert Rauschenberg to Ian Cheng.

Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries in London and co-curator of the Gilbert & George exhibition, comments on the new appointment:

– The appointment of Daniel Birnbaum at Acute Art is very exciting news! Daniel has been a philosopher in exile ever since I got to know him in 1993. Philosophy needs other discursive fields to develop its concepts and to make them productive. With his immense wealth of knowledge and passionate drive Daniel has pushed the boundaries of the traditional art institutions and is now moving into new experiments with Art and Technology. I can’t wait to continue our many collaborations in these new spheres. It has only just begun...

Daniel Birnbaum has been the director of Moderna Museet since November 1, 2010. He has a doctorate in philosophy and is internationally active as a critic, primarily as contributing editor of Artforum. He has been the dean of the Städelschule in Frankfurt, a critic at Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and the director of IASPIS. He has been curator of numerous large exhibitions and biennials, among them the 2009 Venice Biennale. With Isabelle Graw he edits the Institut für Kunstkritik series that is published by Sternberg Press.