About The Gallery

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The Thiel Gallery is recognized as one of the finest art museums in Sweden and is beautifully set in walled grounds at Blockhusudden in the royal park of Djurgården. The gallery houses a unique collection of works of art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by leading artists of the period including Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg and Anders Zorn.

The building was designed by Ferdinand Boberg specifically to house banker and art patron Ernest Thiel’s magnificent art collection and was completed in 1907. The Thiel Gallery also served as Ernest Thiel's home from 1907 to 1924 and has remained largely unaltered ever since.

The upper floor was designed in accordance with Thiel’s own proposal of two large rooms “whose walls would be covered with paintings”. These two rooms, as well as the grand Munch room, all have glass roofs that admit daylight.

The tower room is surely the heart of the gallery – or perhaps its soul – containing Nietzsche’s death mask and prints by Edvard Munch.

It becomes apparent just how meticulous Ernest Thiel was in his choice of lighting, in the disposition of the rooms, the choice of colours and so on. The collection and the building together form a strikingly beautiful entity.