Current and upcoming exhibitions

Heinrich Vogeler, Spring, 1897. Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung und Waldemar Koch Stiftung. Deposit at the Heinrich Vogeler Stiftung Haus im Schluh.

Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpswede Artists’ Colony

15 September, 2018 – 27 January, 2019

Worpswede just outside Bremen is the place of Germany’s most famous artist colony. In 1889, the small village cradled by open fields, birch arbours and gentle brooks became the home of several German artists and writers seeking solitude and artistic community. Several famous artists belonged to the colony, including the internationally acclaimed painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, but also Otto Modersohn, Heinrich Vogeler, Ottilie Reylaender, Hans am Ende, Fritz Overbeck, Hermine Overbeck- Rohte, Fritz Mackensen and Clara Westhoff. The latter, a sculptor, eventually married the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who also periodically lived and worked in Worpswede before moving on to other places, including Paris and Borgeby Castle in southern Sweden.

This is the first extensive Swedish exhibition to focus on the expressive paintings by the members of the artist colony in Worpswede around 1900, comprising, soulful landscapes, sensitive renderings of the impoverished north-German peasant population, portraits, and evocative scenes from stories and myths. The exhibition, which features some 60 paintings, drawings and prints, is a unique opportunity for the public to discover a hitherto little known but exceedingly fascinating world of images.

 

Helene Schmitz, Thinking Like A Mountain, 2017.

Helene Schmitz – Thinking Like a Mountain

6 October, 2018 –17 February, 2019

Helene Schmitz is one of Sweden’s most successful art photographers. In numerous projects she explores the relationship between man and nature. Her works often portray states of imbalance, or out-of-control situations. The exhibition Thinking Like a Mountain  presents a series of recent works on the theme of exploiting natural resources in Sweden and Iceland. The photographs are often at once both beautiful and menacing. Thinking Like a Mountain  can be seen as a meditation on man’s relation to nature – a global, highly industrialised and automated transformation of landscapes.

“This project is about our contemporary violent transformation of nature of the northern European hinterland. The exhibition reflects on the idea of the North as the ultimate frontier – and the dream of a wilderness untouched by man. I have chosen four kinds of exploitation of natural resources: the bedrock, the river, the forest, and the hot spring. The exploitation of these resources exemplifies the growing manifestation of human presence in the landscape. The extraction sites are often far away from the major cities, in what we call the periphery,” says Helene Schmitz.

The title, Thinking Like a Mountain, is a reference to the influential American natural philosopher Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). One of his ideas was that when man extracts one single element from nature, this has enormous consequences on the entire ecosystem.

 

Prince Eugen, Early Morning, Waldemarsudde, ca 1907.

The Painter as a Photographer

6 October, 2018 –17 February, 2019

For various reasons, many artists were avid photographers around 1900, using their photographs in their artistic practice, or for private purposes. This exhibition features photographs by artists such as Prince Eugen, Georg Pauli, Wilhelmina Lagerholm, Wilhelm von Gegerfelt, August Strindberg and Anders Zorn. Most of these pictures have never before been shown. Views from Stockholm, Italy and the Swedish countryside are juxtaposed with pictures of fishermen and upper-class life in the archipelago. Some 100 photographs, ranging from the lyrical to the humorous, are included in the exhibition, which also features a selection of Prince Eugen’s private pictures of the royal family.

 

Paul Fägerskiöld, Spirit in the Sky (cropped image).

Paul Fägerskiöld – The Åke Andrén Foundation’s art grant recipient 2018

16 October – 18 November, 2018

The Åke Andrén Foundation’s art grant was founded in 2011 for the purpose of awarding a young, promising artist with a grant of SEK 500,000. The recipient is also given the opportunity to show a number of works at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde. This year’s recipient is Paul Fägerskiöld.