Artists are like migratory birds, often travelling to perfect their craft or seek inspiration. The Institut Tessin collection reflects the exchanges — especially rich in the 18th century — that have taken place between Swedish and French painters, sculptors and engravers.

The Institut Tessin collection—which features major works by Gustaf Lundberg, Alexander Roslin, Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller and Louis-Jean Desprez—bears witness to artistic relations between France and Sweden from the 17th to the 20th century. The exhibition presents a selection of the finest pieces from the collection, showing the rich political and cultural links that formed during that period between the two countries. The Institut Tessin collection includes over 500 paintings, over 5,000 works on paper (drawings, watercolours and engravings), sculptures, medals and old books.