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Sculptures by Gustav Vigeland

June 15 - September 29, 2019

Press preview Friday June 14, 10 AM

Coffee is served after the press preview.

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Gustav Vigeland, Man med kvinna i famn, 1906. Foto: Yanan Li

The human condition, eroticism, and melancholy were constant themes in the artistry of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). His sculptures are characterized by an intense harshness, often with dark and complex motives, and they portray the intricate nature of emotional life and human relations.

After living a Bohemian life in Europe in the 1890s, Vigeland came back to Norway to create portraits and innovative monuments during the beginning of the 20th-century. The last decade of his artistry was dominated by the immense project of the Vigeland installation in Frogner Park, Oslo – an installation that, to this day, still attracts a great number of visitors.

The Thiel Gallery has with eight bronze sculptures the largest collection of Vigeland’s art outside of Norway. Ernest Thiel supported Vigeland in a critical state of his artistry, and their connection forms an exciting part of the Swedish-Norwegian cultural heritage. With this exhibition, the Thiel Gallery is part of the celebration of the 150 year-anniversary of Gustav Vigeland. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Vigeland Museum in Oslo, and thanks to generous loans, the Thiel Gallery has the pleasure of giving the Swedish and international audience the experience of Vigeland’s art in Stockholm, with sculptures from 1890–1940.

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Gustav Vigeland, Mor och barn (Mother and Child), 1907. Foto: Yanan Li


Gustav Vigeland, Mor och barn (Mother and Child), 1907. Foto: Yanan Li


Gustav Vigeland, Emanuel Vigeland, 1896. Foto: Yanan Li


Gustav Vigeland, Ludwig van Beethoven, 1905. Foto: Øyvind Andersen / Vigelandsmuseet


GARDEN TALES. Contemporary Swedish Sculpture

June 8 - October 6, 2019

Inauguration Saturday June 8, 1 PM

Press is welcome. There will be possibilities to do interviews with the artists and curators.

Linda Pedersen, Gate (Piggy´s dream), 2019, sand casting in aluminum. Courtesy the artist and LOYAL Gallery

The summer park exhibition presents three contemporary Swedish artists: Christian AnderssonFia Backström och Linda Pedersen. They have in different ways challenged the history and tradition of ideas of the Thiel Gallery in an exhibition which evolves around activism, climate issues, virtual reality, changes of perspectives and fictive characters.

GARDEN TALES, Contemporary Swedish Sculpture, is curated by Kamarade,  for the third time invited by the Thiel Gallery to create a dynamic dialogue with the museum and its art historical context. Kamarade has made art exhibitions and projects since 2010. Kamarade is directed by art historian Amelie Edlund, graphic designer Maja Kölqvist and artist Anna Kleberg Tham.

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The Thiel Gallery. Photo: Tord Lund

The Thiel Gallery. Photo: Tord Lund