Sweden's Nationalmuseum is just moving with the times by discussing themes in art in a modern context within the placards explaining their collection of classic artworks, the museum are simultaneously trying to combat the propagandistic use of classic art by far-right extremists. Sweden's far-right extremists are becoming more of an issue in the country and European far-right terror groups are posing and real and dangerous issue on the continent. The museum and the art contained within do not exist in a bubble and the owners of the art works, the museum and ultimately the Swedish government, cannot ignore their use by extremists as propaganda tools.
This story only became a social media talking point following an op-ed written by archaeologist Leif Gren in the Vestmanlands Lans Tidning, in which Gren accused the museum of not letting their visitors “think for themselves” . However clearly from the quotes used in these articles even, the descriptions used by Nationalmuseum are actually encouraging people to think, not stopping or persuading people not to do so, but prompting them to think more deeply about the role of themes touched on in in the works in modern society. As Twitter user “@RikardLjungberg” put it in a reply to one of the claims that made it into the articles: "If someone breaks down the texts schematically, there is nothing, as far as I can see, anything other than an ambition to put art in the context that existed when they were created. There are no values in the texts, possibly beyond word choice. We are not stupid and buy everything that is written. Think for yourself :)" .