Thielska lends out two paintings by Hammershøi to exhibition in Paris

08/3 2019 kl. 11:06

The Thiel Gallery lends its two paintings by the Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916) to the exhibition Hammershøi, the Master of Danish Painting, which opens at Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris on March 14th. It is the first time in twenty years that Hammershøi's paintings are shown in a larger exhibition in Paris.

The paintings Five portraits (1901) and Landscape (1900) were acquired by Ernest Thiel in 1905 in connection with an exhibition of Danish art in Gothenburg and have hung on the walls in the The Thiel Gallery since the palace was built in 1905–1907.

Five portraits is one of the artist's most central works and represents from the left the artist Thorvald Bindesbøll, the brother and ceramist Svend Hammershøi, art historian Karl Madsen, artist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen and the painter Carl Holsøe. The friends are gathered at an elongated table, but each is enclosed within itself. Many have pondered over the subject and its content. Nor did the writer Hjalmar Söderberg succeed in decoding the enigmatic painting, but jokingly stated that the gloom may be due to the depiction of five people, but only three glasses.

Vilhelm Hammershøi's quiet and meticulously composed paintings of interiors in particular have a psychological sharpness that captivates. The realistic style and soft gray scale could partly be explained in the use of photographic models.

The exhibition draws attention to Vilhelm Hammershøi's close ties to Paris. On two occasions – 1889 and 1900 – he participated in the world exhibition in the French capital. The exhibition also wants to highlight the creative collaboration with the closest circle where the friends in The Thiel Gallery's Five portraits constituted the core.

The exhibition Hammershøi, the Master of Danish Painting runs until 22 July 2019.

Vilhelm Hammershøi, Landscape, 1900. Foto: Tord Lundh

ORANGE DAY at the Thiel Gallery

24/11 2018 kl. 12:51

Orange light cast a warm light on the Thiel Gallery on Sunday November 25 in order to gain awareness of violence against women. November 25 is the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, and well-known buildings around the world will be saturated by orange light to take a stance. This year, Ferdinand Boberg’s early 19th-century palace is one of these buildings, and will therefore shine in this bright and optimistic color during the museums opening hours, to bring hope to a future without violence against women and girls.

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Thielska Galleriet, ORANGE DAY, 2018


Orange Day 2017


Carl Larsson to Tokyo – through loan from Thielska Galleriet

17/9 2018 kl. 14:53

Carl Larsson's paintings and Karin Larsson's decorative art are with their strong contours and decorative effects heavily influenced by Japanese aesthetics. On 22 September an extensive exhibition opens in Tokyo with paintings, furniture and textile art, all conveying an idea of the interior design ideals in the artist home in Sundborn in the region of Dalarna in Sweden. The loans are from Thielska Galleriet, Carl Larsson-gården and Göteborg Art Museum.

– Carl Larsson said ”as an artist, Japan is my motherland”. With such a backdrop it is extra interesting to exhibit his art in Japan. It will be thrilling to see how the Japanese roots of the Swedish National Romanticism will be displayed and explored, says Patrik Steorn, Museum Director at Thielska Galleriet.

Azalea (1906) and The Model Writing a Postcard (1902) make up seven of the paintings by Carl Larsson which Thielska Galleriet lends out to the exhibition Carl Larsson and his Home – Art of the Swedish Lifestyle, presented at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art i Tokyo from 22 September – 24 December 2018.

Carl Larsson was one of Ernest Thiel's closest friends and painted portraits of Ernest, his wife Signe and their two children Tage and Inga-Maria. The room at Thielska Galleriet where the paintings permanently hang, is inspired by the couple Larsson's bright and colorful interior ideals. Altogether 25 artworks by Carl Larsson were acquired to the collection at Thielska: oil paintings, watercolors, charcoal sketches and graphic art.

The exhibition Carl Larsson and his Home – Art of the Swedish Lifestile is part of the celebration of the 150-year anniversary of Japanese and Swedish diplomatic connections.

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Read more about Carl Larsson and Thielska Galleriet

Closed 12 June due to floor care

12/6 2018 kl. 12:38

Today Wednesday June 12 the museum is closed due to floor care. Tomorrow Wednesday June 13 we are open as usual between 12 and 17 o'clock. Welcome!

Thielska Galleriet digitaliserar sina samlingar

25/10 2017 kl. 15:57

Thielska Galleriet har beviljats drygt 4,3 miljoner av kronor av Riksbankens jubileumsfond för att digitalisera sina samlingar av målningar, skulpturer, konsthantverk, möbler och textilier. Bankiren och konstsamlaren Ernest Thiel brevväxlade med förra sekelskiftets tongivande konstnärer och digitaliseringen kommer även att omfatta museets arkiv med fotografier och korrespondens. Allt kommer att göras tillgängligt på nätet i en sökbar katalog.

– Vi är oerhört glada över detta besked. Med detta anslag kommer vi att kunna göra museet ännu mer tillgängligt för forskare och en kulturintresserade allmänhet, säger museichef Patrik Steorn.

– Thielska utgör en unik helhet som hemmuseum och databasen kommer att innehålla korsreferenser mellan brev, fotografier och konstverk, men också mellan byggnader och dess interiörer.

Thielska Galleriet är ett av de första offentliga hemmuseerna i Sverige. Det öppnade för publiken 1926 och symboliserar en viktig och dynamisk period i svensk och europeisk historia. Kärnan i museet är bankiren och konstsamlaren Ernest Thiel och hans familjs stora samling av nordisk symbolistisk konst.

Arbetet med digitaliseringen kommer att inledas vid årsskiftet 2017/2018 och är planerat att pågå under tre år.