Previous exhibitions

Almost There. Maria Friberg

16 September 2023 – 3 March 2024 

The Thiel Gallery has invited the artist Maria Friberg to initiate a dialogue between her practice and the Gallery’s collections. This collaboration is part of a major initiative to shine a contemporary light on the Thiel Gallery. Friberg has been free to choose works from the collection created by Ernest and Signe Thiel around the previous turn of the century and to mirror them in a selection of her own photographs and video works.

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Still Nature. Oskar Bergman

18 February – 20 August 2023

The painter Oskar Bergman (1879–1963) is intimately linked to the Thiel Gallery and Djurgården. With 43 works, he is one of the most well-represented artists in the Thiel collection. Signe Maria and Ernest Thiel were crucial to Bergman’s artistic career. In addition…

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Touching. Andreas Eriksson and Edvard Munch

6 May – 1 October 2023

Touching is a duo exhibition of prints by Andreas Eriksson (b. 1975) and Edvard Munch (1863–1944). Munch was a favourite of Signe Maria and Ernest Thiel, and their collection includes 95 graphic prints of the Norwegian artist. It is with great pleasure…

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“Reflection is the first step towards art” - Tora Vega Holmström

10 September 2022 - 29 January 2023 This autumn, the Thiel Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Stockholm since 1945 of the ground-breaking modernist Tora Vega Holmström (1880-1967). Her practice is dominated by powerful portraits and expressionist experiments. On a trip to Finland in 1912,…

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A Home

April 9 – August 21 2022 During an intense period at the previous turn of the century, Signe Maria and Ernest Thiel created one of Sweden’s finest and largest collections of Nordic contemporary art. When the collection outgrew the family’s apartment on Strandvägen,…

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Simple Pleasures. The Painter Akke Kumlien

June 11 - November 6 2022 In 1946, the artist Akke Kumlien (1884–1949) was appointed curator of the Thiel Gallery, which meant that the museum also became his home. The family consisted of his wife in the second marriage, Anna Lena Kumlien,…

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Carl Johan De Geer – The big misconception

October 16 2021 – March 20 2022

Carl Johan De Geer began designing his imaginative and expressive large patterns in strong colours and contrasts in the early 1950s. They were a protest against the prevailing brownish, discreet style, and the aesthetic values he grew up with. He wanted to…

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The Individual and Spirituality

June 19–September 26 2021

This summer, key works from the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Collection will be shown at the Thiel Gallery. Some of these works have never been shown outside Villa Gyllenberg in Helsinki, home to one of Finland’s finest private collections. While it is…

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Axel Törneman

6 February 2021 - 6 June 2021

Dramatic compositions and motifs in bright colours are characteristic of Axel Törneman’s (1880–1925) art. The paintings from his early period capture the spirit of the fin-de-siècle and were considered to represent a new decade. But he remained a bohemian, an outsider, whose…

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Augusta Lundin

29 August 2020 — 24 January 2021

The fashion world as we know it today emerged in Paris in the late 19th century. Fashion houses were established under the auspices of illustrious creators. Their business relied on a large network comprising spinners and weavers, textile merchants, dressmakers, illustrators and…

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Hidden treasures from the Thiel Gallery collection

June 6 — August 16 2020

The magnificent rooms of the Thiel Gallery are always filled with art from around 1900 collected by the banker and patron of the arts Ernest Thiel. But this unique collection consists of nearly 900 works and there is not enough room to…

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The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography

8 February-May 31, 2020

Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was one of the first artists to take “selfies.” He pursued photography as an experimental medium and himself as an experimental subject. He explored the dynamics of layered imagery; unexpected areas of blank, disunified, or undefined form; and shadows…

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Gustav Vigeland

June 15 - September 29, 2019

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…

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Hjalmar Söderberg and the Visual Arts

September 19 2019 —January 9 2022

The author Hjalmar Söderberg (1869–1941) had a close relationship with the visual arts. The exhibition features works that highlight both the author’s view of himself, and the view other artists had of Söderberg. Books with ornaments made by the author and other…

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Garden Tales

8 juni–6 oktober 2019

The summer park exhibition presents three contemporary Swedish artists: Christian Andersson, Fia 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…

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The Jobs Sisters – ceramics and textiles

February 23 - June 2, 2019

The two sisters Lisbet and Gocken Jobs created ceramics and textiles that made Swedish homes blossom during the post-war period. Wild flower bouquets covers ceramic dishes and tiles while lingon- and blueberries are arranged into decorative patterns applied onto hand printed textiles.…

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Ivan Aguéli. Painting and mysticism

October 6, 2018 – February 10, 2019

Ivan Aguéli (1869–1917) and his paintings are part of the Swedish artistic avant garde. His landscapes and portraits are often small scale, yet the interplay of colors, light and nuances creates a sense of monumentality.  Through the intimate paintings, Aguéli experimented with…

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Inuti Thielska (Inside Thielska). Interpretations in Word and Images

October 20, 2018 – January 27, 2019

The artwork and history of Thielska Galleriet are exciting and inspiring. Since spring 2016 Thielska Galleriet has been in a joint collaboration with the daily activity center Inuti Kungsholmen. Artists with intellectual disabilities have had the opportunity to work creatively on sight in…

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Karin Frostenson. Present time, Past time, Dream time

October 12 2019–January 26 2020

The Thiel Gallery presents a retrospective and thematic exhibition with Karin Frostenson (b. 1946), with works from 1960–2018. Frostenson belongs to the early sixties generation of cross-border visual artists. She worked early on to include cartoons in her artistry and is particularly…

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Tyra Kleen (1874–1951). Artist, vagabond, adventuress

June 16 – September 23, 2018

Tyra Kleen (1874-1951) explored the world through her art. She belonged to the art scene in several European cities and portrayed ceremonial dance and drama in South East Asia. But she also found other spheres within literature, art and spirituality. Today, she…

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Nudes. Agunbiade-Kolawole, Karlsson Rixon, Zorn

June 15 - September 23, 2018

A nude study is an artistic representation of the naked human body. The body itself is the subject, in that the model performs an act by striking a pose. This exhibition explores and offers new perspectives on the tradition and art historic…

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Elin Elfström & Emanuel Röhss – Installations in the Park

June 9 – October 7, 2018

Elin Elfström and Emanuel Röhss are two artists who refer to popular culture in different ways. They often use simple materials but of distinctive character and descent. For the exhibition at Thielska Galleriet they have produced new work that relate to the site.

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Sketches and models to a memorial. Gravitationel Ripples by Lea Porsager

June 5 - June 6, 2018

Thielska Gallery presents sketches, texts, watercolors and models from the formation/development/ evolution/creation of Gravitational Ripples. The small exhibition will be open during the inauguration of the memorial on the 5th and 6th of June 2018.

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When Japan came to Värmland. Japonism and the Rackstad Artists 1880–1920

February 17 - June 3, 2018

This exhibition is about the Japanese influences on the Swedish fin-de-siècle art scene. It focuses on the Rackstad Group, an artist colony that grew around lake Racken in the Värmland region in Western Sweden, culminating in 1900. Artists and craftspeople mixed disciplines…

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Searching for something else. Figurines by Alexander Tallén

November 23, 2017 – February 11, 2018

During the winter of 2017/2018, 6-8 of Swedish artist Alexander Tallén's (b. 1988) porcelain figurines are displayed in the dome of the Thiel Gallery. The installation will be in dialogue with Karl-Axel Pehrson's ceiling painting from 1978, as the painting's imaginary plants and…

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Helga Henschen. Anniversary Exhibition

October 14, 2017 – February 4, 2018

Helga Henschen (1917-2002) was a multi-disciplinary artist who chose freely among styles and expressions, blending seriousness, humour and politics into her images. Mighty sun goddesses, protective bulls, and children with birds hobnob with outspoken ladies and handwritten messages of solidarity, community and…

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More Edvard Munch at Thielska. Graphic prints from the Embassy of Norway in Stockholm

June 30 - August 27, 2017

This highly concentrated exhibition consists of eight graphic prints borrowed from the embassy of Norway in Stockholm. The Thiel Gallery has one of the largest collections of art by Edvard Munch outside Norway. The current presentation with loans from the embassy can…

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Fashionable Memories. Clothes from Tonie Lewenhaupt´s collection

June 17 – October 1, 2017

European fashion history, the social context of clothing, Tonie Lewenhaupt´s act as a collector as well as the poetic potentials of  fashion are themes addressed in the exhibition, where the clothes will be displayed along with her historical illustrations of fashion. In The Thiel Gallery,…

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Moments. Sculptures by Karin Wiberg

June 1 – October 1, 2017

Karin Wiberg’s characterful sculptures of human beings and animals are self-possessed, expressing peace and thoughtfulness. In the summer her works claim their space in different parts of The Thiel Gallery’s garden ­– some sculptures are clearly visible, others more hidden. Together, they…

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Artistic blossoming. Art Nouveau at Rörstrand in 1895–1920

February 18 – June 4, 2017

Sinuous shapes inspired by nature characterizes the arts and crafts of Art Nouveau or Art Nouveau style, in 1900. The pottery is full of birds hovering in the air, crawling crustaceans, fish and algae from the underwater world. Trees and vegetation from…

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David Edström. A rediscovered sculptor

October 27, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Warm welcome to an exhibition with the since long neglected Swedish-American sculptor David Edström (1873–1938). The exhibition takes place in the Söderberg room and is composed of eleven sculptors by the artist. The patron Ernest Thiel was a a great admirer of Edström and the museum has the largest…

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Maria Adlercreutz. With the world in the fabric

October 8, 2016 – February 5, 2017

The exhibition is the first retrospective of the artist Maria Adlercreutz (1936–2014), an innovator of Swedish textile art during post-war times. With great dedication she captured the Zeitgeist of the early 1970s. Woven textiles about global solidarity and close studies of nature…

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Carl Kylberg – With colour beyond the surface

June 18 – September 25, 2016

Flowing brushwork and vibrant colours distinguish the Swedish artist Carl Kylberg’s (1878-1952) paintings of landscapes, figures and still lifes. He combined his artistic practice with a spiritual quest that imbues his oeuvre with an existential dimension. The dissolved shapes in his works…

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The Garden Party – Contemporary Swedish Sculpture

June 2 – September 25, 2016

"Without the arts, the man is reduced to a barbarian." (Ernest Thiel). Artists: Ebba Bohlin, Cecilia Edefalk, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Rami Khoury, Albin Looström, Joakim Ojanen, Bella Rune and Elisabeth Westerlund.

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Lethal beautifully – Art Jewellery by Märta Mattsson

March 12 – May 15, 2016

Swedish jewellery artist Märta Mattsson (b. 1982) sees beauty in what others might find strange or even unpleasant. She has transformed the pull towards what can at first be seen as appalling into an artistic motivation - to not want to look, while…

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Olof Sager-Nelson and his contemporaries – Anywhere out of the world

February 27 – June 5, 2016

The years around 1900 were a revolutionary time, with rapid industrialisation, modernisation and scientific progress. At the same time, many people sought to look towards the darker sides of life and the mystery of human existence. Olof Sager-Nelson (1868-1896) was an artist…

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Eternal Bloom! Bead Art and Crafted Nature

October 3, 2015 – February 14, 2016

The Thiel Gallery is blossoming! Nature is on the museum’s doorstep with the woody glades, flowering meadows and seasonal changes of Djurgården. Now we are opening the doors to floral delight of another kind, with handmade flowers made of glass beads and…

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Men at water. Jan Hietala and Eugène Jansson in dialogue

June 13 – September 20, 2015

Men bathing is a subject that has attracted attention throughout art history. Bodies moving or at rest, and nude bathing with its oscillation between social and private situations, provide new opportunities to observe the naked male body. Bathing houses and spontaneous outdoor…

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Veronica Nygren

January 31 - May 31, 2015

Veronica Nygren (1940–2006) had the ability to weave an entire world into her art. She filled it with everyday experiences and political awareness, with knowledge about Swedish crafts traditions and global influences, in a vibrant dialogue with art history and contemporary art.…

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Ernest Thiel’s feeling for nature: hunting, art and business

October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Nature is in focus at the Thiel Gallery during fall and winter! The landscape paintings that Ernest Thiel added to the collection in the Gallery, by for example Bruno Liljefors and Gustaf Fjæstad, are shown together with photographs and moving images of…

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Portraits at Thielska – Family and Friends

April 12 – September 21, 2014

In this exhibition the Thiel Gallery explores its own identity, with a focus on the banker and art patron Ernest Thiel who founded the Gallery. He acquired several portraits of his nearest and dearest and of himself. The images reveal his interest…

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RUSSIA 1900-1913

December 4, 2013 – January 12, 2014

This exhibition is part of 'Russia: The 20th Century In Photographs', a unique multimedia project by the Moscow House of Photography to establish a photo-archive of Russian history. Its aim is to follow the actual course of historical progress through the 20th…

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Stockholm New — national romanticism from double turn of the centuries: contemporary fashion photography meets classic masterpiece painting

June 5 – September 1, 2013

The international, English language, multiple award-winning fashion and style magazine Stockholm New was published in a total of twelve issues over the years 1993-2002. It’s a well-documented claim that the magazine was trendsetting, even groundbreaking, not only in Sweden but globally. It’s…

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The permanent collection

In 1896, Ernest Thiel bought his first large painting, Morning Mood by the Sea by Bruno Liljefors. He continued to add to his collection, and soon the apartment on Strandvägen was too small. “I want a home decorated with paintings on all…

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Munch! — Nietzsche, Thiel and Scandinavia’s greatest artist

February 9 - May 12, 2013

In honour of the 150th birthday of Norway’s great artist Edvard Munch, we present our greatest endeavour in the history of Thielska Galleriet in Stockholm: the exhibition Munch! — Nietzsche, Thiel and Scandinavia’s greatest artist, featuring works from the period 1880-1910, a…

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December 21, 2012 – February 3, 2013

Nobuyoshi Araki is one of the world's most renowned photographers. He has been called the Mapplethorpe of Japan. His images, which are often on the boundary between documentary and staged photography, frequently portray nude women and social taboos. The female body has…

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Meta Isæus-Berlin - Suppressing

December 7, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Meta Isæus-Berlin’s installations have an aesthetic terseness, where the setting of the narrative is based on the notion of the home. In her works, she uses stage structures as a visual framework. Familiar environments take on a dreamy atmosphere, where objects and…

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Sophie Tottie – The Complaints of a Line

October 19 - December 9, 2012

The ability to read abstract presentations relates to a reality that does not aspire to present a figurative picture but nevertheless describes an existing actuality. Since the 18th century, geological drawings, for instance, have radically changed our perception of the line, the…

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Cecilia Ömalm Krajcikova – Nocturne I/ Denderah

October 19 – December 2, 2012

An examination of historic and architectonic fragments. The floor plan of an old Egyptian temple from thousands of years ago, with hidden sepulchres, holy rooms with ritual meanings. On a surface measuring nearly 500 sq m, an intense blue-green light cuts through…

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Peter Frie – Hågkomst | Reminiscence

June 16 – October 1, 2012

Swedish artist Peter Frie works in one of the oldest art traditions of oil on canvas. He repeats his motifs over and over again and with very little variation in countless series. Vast, timeless landscapes, quiet paintings that carries a melancholic undertone.

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