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.

John Bauer, Bianca Maria och trollen, 1913, akvarell på papper, 31,5 x 33,5 cm. Foto: Bukowskis. Bild beskuren.

Spellbound – John Bauer and the Magic of Nature

September 5, 2020–January 24, 2021

Magical, animated nature with deep, mysterious forests and elemental creatures such as trolls, elves and water sprites are presented in this exhibition, in which painting, graphic art and sculpture from the turn of the century 1900 interacts with photography and installation art by contemporary artists. The central artist in the exhibition is John Bauer, who with his illustrated fairy-tale collection Bland tomtar och troll (Among gnomes and trolls) has profoundly influenced the perception of the mysticism of nature and the forest and their magical powers. In the exhibition, the art of Bauer will be presented in dialogue with that of his Nordic contemporaries – Theodor Kittelsen and Louis Moe from Norway and Swedish sculptor and Art Nouveau artist Agnes de Frumerie are some examples.

The exhibition also addresses the magic of nature in contemporary Nordic art. Night vision, the photographic series by Maria Friberg from 2019, is inspired by the art of John Bauer and reflects the views of young adults on nature as a bolt-hole but simultaneously something under threat. In Friberg’s works, the fusion of man with nature is closely linked to notions of resistance, activism and change in our time.

Karl Dunér, Sven, 2019. Ljudskulptur. Foto: Lasse Forsberg

Karl Dunér – Islands

November 14, 2020 – February 28, 2021

The middle of November sees the opening of an exhibition with artist and stage director Karl Dunér. The presentation features mechanical puppets, sculpture and film. The puppets steer themselves and interact in a kind of performance. The technique builds on an encounter between the Japanese Bunraku tradition and contemporary electronics. Each puppet has its own breathing and movements. And, as is the case with the other mechanical sculptures in the exhibition, no action is repeated in this exciting pioneering performance.

Nikolai Astrup, En morgon i mars, c. 1920.
Olja på duk, 65 × 46.5 cm.
The Savings Bank Foundation DNB / The Astrup Collection/ KODE Art Museums
of Bergen. Foto: Dag Fosse / KODE. Bild beskuren.

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.