Current and upcoming exhibitions

The sitting room in the common areas of Prince Eugen’s home. Photograph: Anders E Skånberg

The Prince´s Private Apartments

Permanent exhibition

In 1905 Prince Eugen’s home at Waldemarsudde was ready for him to move in to. The ground floor, was the more official part of the home and included the public rooms consisting of a hall,dining room, drawing room, flower room, library and study. In these rooms Prince Eugen’s own paintings are displayed alongside art from his collection. Together with the room furnishings, which saw the Prince mixing old and new with inherited and bought pieces, an individual home with an individual style was created. The prince’s Private Apartment remain largely as it was during the prince’s lifetime and are today open to the public.


Prins Eugen, From the Balcony, Waldemarsudde, 1903.

Soul of a Place – Prince Eugen and the Landscape

November 14 2020 – May 1 2022

This show of works from the museum’s collection focuses on Prince Eugen’s (1865–1947) landscape painting. With his suggestive, evocative depictions of the Swedish countryside, Eugen was among the leading landscape painters at the turn of the last century. Besides well-known paintings such as Molnet (The Cloud) and Det gamla slottet (The Old Palace), the show includes less familiar pieces, preparatory work and sketches from the museum’s rich collection which are rarely publicly exhibited.

Though there are no people in Eugen’s landscapes, the artist himself is a constant presence. As the Prince put it, “I wish to populate my landscapes myself, you see, and I want my own person to be reign supreme there.” Prince Eugen’s landscape painting involves a constant exploration of the soul of the place and its moods. At the same time, the natural surroundings become a surface onto which the artist projects his own inner moods and states of emotion. There are places which had great significance in Eugen’s life and art, such as Paris and Florence, to which he travelled for long periods of study; Valdres in Norway; and Tyresö outside Stockholm, where he spent many summers. But Waldemarsudde, his home on Djurgården, built in 1905, remained Eugen’s greatest source of inspiration.

The show is structured as a journey, bringing visitors to these places through Prince Eugen’s painting.


Hanna Pauli, The Artist Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, 1886 – 1887. Oil on Canvas, 125,5 x 134 cm. Göteborgs konstmuseum Photo: Hossein Sehatlou

A Room of One´s Own – The Role of the Artist in the Late Nineteenth Century

September 11, 2021–January 23, 2022

This exhibition celebrates how women artists from the Nordic countries conquered the role of the artist in a time of radical social change and the rise of the women’s rights movement. It explores how prominent artists such as Julia Beck, Hanna Hirsch-Pauli,
Bertha Wegmann and Helene Schjerfbeck represented themselves in their professional role in dialogue with their male contemporaries, including Edvard Munch, Ernst Josephson, Christian Krohg and Anders Zorn. Artistic training, travel, transnational encounters and the importance of exhibitions, not least the Paris Salon, are some of the themes of the exhibition. Roughly a hundred visually striking and innovative works on subjects such as self-portraits, friendship-portraits and studio interiors are featured in this research-based exhibition.

Lars Lerin, Russian Ice, 2007. Water Color 105 x 155 cm. Photo: Lars Lerin

Expedition Art

October 30, 2021 – March 20, 2022

Nine prominent contemporary artists – Lars Lerin, Dascha Esselius, Bigert & Bergström, Svenerik Jakobsson, Hanna Ljungh, Josef Bull, Sigrid Sandström and Johan Petterson – are featured in this experimental and innovative exhibition linked to the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat’s artists programme and residencies on the
Arctic and Antarctic. In this exhibition, fascinating issues that arise in the borderland between art and science are explored in paintings, prints, photographs, sculptural objects, light installations and film. Expedition Art is shown both indoors and
outdoors. It is co-organised with the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat and is accompanied by an interesting programme.

Nikolai Astrup, An Early Morning in March, c. 1920. Oil on Canvas, 65 × 46.5 cm.
The Savings Bank Foundation DNB / The Astrup Collection/ KODE Art Museums
of Bergen. Photo: Dag Fosse / KODE.

Nikolai Astrup – Visions of Norwegian Nature

February 19 – May 28, 2022

The innovative Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928) is well known and loved in his own country, but so far less noted outside Norway. This will be the first monographic exhibition featuring the artist in Sweden. Now you have the opportunity to discover Astrup’s colorful and atmospheric landscape painting from Jølster in Norway, where he grew up, but also to experience his suggestive graphic work. Like his contemporary artist colleague Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup developed and renewed the expressive possibilities of the woodcut. Astrup’s work is permeated with the moods and mysticism of the local environment, as well as its distinctive atmosphere and light.  Nikolai Astrup also came to build an artist’s home called Astruptunet, where architecture, art, nature and garden interacts as a whole.

The exhibition includes about a hundred works, mainly oil paintings and woodcuts, and is complemented by a richly illustrated catalogue with articles by a number of prominent experts from Norway, the USA and Sweden as well as an introductory essay by the author Karl Ove Knausgård. The exhibition is also complemented by interesting lectures, guided tours and concerts as well as by a small presentation in the Bernadotte Room of paintings by Prince Eugens with Norwegian motifs and by works by Norwegian artists from the museum’s own collections.

Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway is organized by the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in cooperation with KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, the Savings Bank Foundation DNB, and Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde. The exhibition has been generously supported by the Savings Bank Foundation DNB.”

The curator of the exhibition is MaryAnne Stevens, independent curator and art historian.