Previous exhibitions

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

5–6 June 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 5 2018.

On December 26, 2004, Southeast Asia suffered one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern times. A quarter of a million people lost their lives following a tsunami in the Indian Ocean. 543 were Swedish citizens. In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the tsunami, the Swedish government decided to create a memorial. In 2017, the artist Lea Porsager (*1981) won the international competition with her earthwork Gravitational Ripples.

The memorial is inspired by a cosmic phenomenon known as gravitational waves. The waves arise when two celestial bodies collide, unleashing energy so powerful that it creates ripples in the fabric of space-time itself. The team behind the direct detection of gravitational waves received the Nobel Prize in Physics in Stockholm in 2017.

Gravitational Ripples turns the cosmic wave into an earthly, spiralling cradle. The soil banks form a double spiral, creating a web of pathways both outwards from and inwards towards the center, where two bronze sculptures evoke the image of orbiting celestial bodies. With the consent of relatives and loved ones, the larger sculpture bears the names of the Swedish citizens who lost their lives.

As an earthwork, the memorial is subject to the ebbs and flows of time. Following the changing seasons, it will always be in passage, always in a state of transition.

Gravitational Ripples was created by Lea Porsager together with Søren Assenholt, Rasmus Strange Thue Tobiasen and Synnøve B. Brøgger.

Material: Soil, vegetation, bronze, steel.

Inaugurated in 2018.

The memorial was commissioned by Public Art Agency Sweden and The National Property Board of Sweden, and developed in collaboration with the Royal Djurgården Administration The memorial is owned and managed by the National Property Board of Sweden.


Lea Porsager, sketch, Gravitational Ripples.

Tyra Kleen, porträtt av Lilly Sparre, 1912, pastell

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

16 June–23 September 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 stands out as a multifaceted artist who added a continental vein to Swedish fin de siècle art.  Läs mer

Nudes. Agunbiade-Kolawole, Karlsson Rixon, Zorn

16 June–23 September 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 conventions of the nude.

In an entirely new series of photographic self-portraits, Karlsson Rixon poses for the camera with colleague Mario Fjell. In total earnest and with playfulness, the nude is presented in a new and unexpected way.

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Elin Elfström & Emanuel Röhss – installations in the park

9 June–7 October 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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When Japan came to Värmland. Japonism and the Rackstad Artists 1880–1920

17 February–3 June 2018

When Japan came to Värmland. Japonism and the Rackstad artists in 1880-1920

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 and genres with influences from Swedish, European and Japanese art. Paintings, woodcuts, ceramics, textiles and metalwork by artists such as Gustaf and Maja Fjæstad, Hilma Persson-Hjelm and Bror Lindh are shown here alongside Japanese art. Motifs, perspectives, techniques and materials reveal how profoundly the aesthetics of Swedish national romanticism are indebted to Japan.

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In search for something else. Figurines by Alexander Tallén

23 November 2017–11 February 2018

Prolonged date. Helga Henschen. Anniversary Exhibition

14 October, 2017 – 4 februari 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 humanity. Helga Henschen allowed art to infuse her entire life, and in hindsight she appears to have been one of the most productive, popular and famous Swedish artists in the post-war era.

This exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective since Helga Henschen died, and it also celebrates the artist's 100th anniversary. Her entire oeuvre, from the 1940s to the 1990s is presented – from small figurines and self-portraits, via larger terracotta sculptures and dream-like paintings, to accurate illustrations, political commentaries, posters and sketches for public art.

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

30 June–27 August 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 in part be seen as a complement to work in the museum collection.

More information in English will be posted.

Artistic blossoming. Art Nouveau at Rörstrand in 1895–1920

18 February 18–4 June 2017

Open inauguration at 2 o´clock  PM on February 18
Warm welcome!

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 the forest and land meet with insects, weeds and flowerbeds. The design is inspired by the Swedish countryside, Japanese imagery and European decorative arts.

Rörstrand was one of the porcelain factories that welcomed artists in the industry. The pottery had great success and was shown at exhibitions and sold in international stores. The glistening glaze and elegant forms that grew out of the creative and experimental environment are a great source of inspiration also today.

The exhibition shows Rörstrands art pottery, with deposits from an important private collection in a lush staging signed by Gunnar Kaj. Nature's splendor that adorn vases, bowls, dishes and urns will meet real vegetation installations in the halls of Thiel Gallery. Many of the exhibition's pieces were in the forefront of industrial art exhibitions and are now displayed after a long beauty sleep.

The exhibition is based on Markus Dimdal´s newly released book Art nouveau från Rörstrand: konstkeramiken 1895–1926 (Art Nouveau at Rörstrand: The art pottery in 1895–1926), Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing, Stockholm, 2016.

Artistic blossoming. Walltexts

Alf Wallander´s vase or flower pot with thistle motifs with underglaze paint on earthenware from December 1895 was one of the
artist´s first ceramic pieces. Foto: A Brandeker.

Moments. Sculptures by Karin Wiberg

1 June–1 October 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 lead a walk that lets the visitor discover unexpected spots. The exhibition becomes an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the stillness under the grand old oak or the view of the fruit trees and the sunlit grass-slopes.

Free entry to the Sculpture Garden with café.

Karin Wiberg, Big gray man2006, burned and painted clay. Photo: Ida Magntorn

Karin Wiberg, Girl and hair, 2017, burned and painted clay. Photo: Ida Magntorn

Karin Wiberg in the mossgarden The Forest of Wisdom, Komatsu, Japan. Photo: Gustav Karlsson Frost / Frosty

Fashionable Memories. Clothes from Tonie Lewenhaupt´s collection

17 June–1 October 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, once a private home,  the clothes will be placed in a unique setting. The costumes will also animate the rooms as places to meet, to be seen and show off.

Jeanne Lanvin (attributed to), eveningdress, 1910/20´s, silk velvet with pearl applications. Photo: Johanna Wulff

Left: Marc Bohan, Maison Christian Dior, "Green Park", dress, 1963, tweed. Right: Hubert de Givenchy, coat in yellow white, early 1960´s, wool tweed. Photo: Johanna Wulff

Christóbal Balenciaga (attributed), coatdress, 1950´s, silk. Back of mannequin: Christian Dior, black evening dress, silk faille and och tulll. Photo: Johanna Wulff

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 are presented along with images reflecting the history of working women.

Maria Adlercreuz has a strong personal link to Thielska Galleriet, where she grew up in the director´s flat. The artist Akke Kumlien, Adlercreutz’s father, was the director of the museum in the 1940s. Later she had her home and studio in Blockhusudden, nearby the museum. Maria Adlercreutz combines art and design with a international perspective. Her work has great relevance for our time, where the labour of the hand is once again highly appreciated.

Carl Kylberg – With colour beyond the surface

June 18 2016 – 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 were debated in both art and politics.

This exhibition shows parts of Kylberg’s entire body of work, from the early paintings and cartoons from the 1910s, the children’s books and more colourful paintings from the 1920s, to his famous classical motifs from the 1930s and 40s. Kylberg’s breakthrough to the wider public came late, but he is counted as a key figure of Swedish art since the 1930s. The exhibition highlights the artist role and puts his paintings in the context of the period before, during and after the Second World War.

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The Garden Party – Contemporary Swedish Sculpture

June 2 2016 – 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.

If Ernest Thiel had lived today, what would it have looked like if he invited some artists to his park? The Garden Party. Contemporary Swedish Sculpture derives from the art patron Ernest Thiel´s grand hospitality and love of art. New works by eight artists will during the summer of 2016 give the permanent sculptures in the park at Thielska Galleriet a new context and let the park come alive as a space for contemporary art. The exhibition is free of admission and invites visitors of all ages to enjoy and explore the beautiful premises around Thielska Galleriet.

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Lethal beautifully – Art Jewelry by Märta Mattsson

March 12 2016 – May 15 2016
Illustration: Johanna Magoria

Illustration: Johanna Magoria

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Eternal Bloom! Bead Art and Crafted Nature

October 3 2015 – February 14 2016
Beaded flower, anemone, using French technique with Japanese colour-lined seed beads. Made by Natalia Wiedenbeck.

Beaded flower, anemone, using French technique with Japanese colour-lined seed beads. Made by Natalia Wiedenbeck.

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 wire.

The glistening bead blossoms are combined here with salvaged nature in striking installations by the floral artist Gunnar Kaj, who has been in charge of floral decorations at the Nobel Banquet for many years. Twigs, leaves and seed pods in the arrangements were gathered in the parkland around the Gallery. Beadwork has a long tradition in Europe. Ragnar Levi, science journalist and author, has brought the beaded flowers to light by studying their history and building a unique collection dating from the 19th century to today. A rich selection of works from his collection are shown here together with his texts.

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Veronica Nygren

31 January - 31 May 2015
Veronica Nygren, Thielska Galleriet. Foto: Peder Lindbom

Veronica Nygren, Thielska Galleriet. Photo: Peder Lindbom

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. Nygren indefatigably put the potential of textiles to the test. Today, she stands out as a regenerator of textile art and design in post-war Sweden.

This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Nygren’s oeuvre, spanning from the early 1960s to the beginning of the 2000s. It features freehand weaving and applications, patterns and garments for the Mah-Jong label, along with personal and experimental tapestries and monumental commissioned public artworks. Some of the works are shown on the upper floor of the Museum. Shown together with the national romantic art at Thielska, it becomes obvious that Nygren belongs to a long tradition of Swedish landscape painting.

Textiles have traditionally been associated with the female domain, the home and modest contexts, but Nygren was active in an era when these notions were being reconsidered, discussed and transcended. Her works combined art and design with a political agenda and global perspectives in a way that is also highly relevant in the present day.

Veronica Nygren also has a personal connection with Thielska, being the great grandchild of the art collector and banker Ernest Thiel. The artist Gustaf Fjæstad was commissioned by Thiel in 1905 to create carpets, wallpaper and tapestries for his home. The carpets on the upper floor were designed especially for the Museum by the artist Lennart Rodhe in the 1980s.

By showing Veronica Nygren’s innovative art at the Thielska Gallery, we are upholding a tradition of taking textiles seriously, as an art form in its own right.


Porträtt av Veronika Nygren. Foto: Beppe Arvidsson

Veronika Nygren. Photo: Beppe Arvidsson

Men at water. Jan Hietala and Eugène Jansson in dialogue

June 13th – September 20th 2015
Artwork by Jan Hietala next to Naval Bathhouse by Eugène Jansson.

Artwork by Jan Hietala next to Naval Bathhouse by Eugène Jansson.

Men at Water. Jan Hietala and Eugène Jansson in dialogue

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 bathing have inspired artists at least since the late 19th century to portray both the hygienic benefits, the liberated playfulness and the erotic allure of water.

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

4 October, 2014 – 18 January, 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 Thiel himself in the forest or countryside. Three contemporary artists, Corinne Ericson, AKAY and Ernst Billgren, have contributed works in the exhibition rooms and out in the park, to demonstrate that the double standards from the previous turn of the century still exist, albeit in a different way.

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Portraits at Thielska – Family and Friends

April 12th 2014 – September 21st 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 in art and give insights into the family history and the social activities that went on in the house. The exhibition features paintings, photographs, prints and busts from the decades around 1900. An installation with costumes borrowed from the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s costume studio gives the visitor a glimpse of the social life at the turn of the Century.

RUSSIA 1900-1913

December 4th 2013 – January 12th 2014

present the exhibition:
RUSSIA 1900–1913

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 century and recreate an authentic image of the events and personalia of a past epoch.

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

June 4th 2013 – September 1st 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 also generally acknowledged that Stockholm New played a key role in the creation of a new contemporary “Sweden image” — that of a modern, cutting edge scene for fashion, trends, design, and a wide range of creative expressions.

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The permanent collection

Vardagsrummet mot matsalen. Foto: Maria Fällström

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 the walls, I want it to be comfortable, I want to live there” Thiel wrote to the architect Ferdinand Boberg, whom he chose to design his new home.

In 1904-07, his palace was built on Blockhusudden on Royal Djurgården for his family and his already enormous art collection. The upper storey was designed according to Thiel’s suggestion, with two large halls. Thiel was a patron to artists of his own generation. Nearly all of them became his friends, including Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson and Bruno Liljefors. Danish and Norwegian artists such as Edvard Munch also frequented Thiel’s gallery.

Today, in addition to the two large halls, the house boasts an exquisite Munch Room. Other rooms are named after Carl Larsson, Hjalmar Söderberg and Axel Törneman. There are two turret rooms at the top of the building, one of which contains the death mask of Nietzsche and prints by Edvard Munch.

This unique collection from the previous turn of the century includes works including paintings by Bruno Liljefors, Ernst Josephson, Edvard Munch, Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg and Anders Zorn. But there are also works by Paul Gauguin and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in the collection. Several sculptures by artists such as Auguste Rodin and Gustav Vigeland are found in the surrounding park. The collection, the house and the park form a harmonious unity.

The Thiel Gallery was opened to the public in 1926, when the Swedish government acquired the building, the art collection and other inventory.

Peter Frie – Hågkomst | Reminiscence

June 16 2012 – October 1 2012