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.

Lena Cronqvist, Skyddsängeln, 2010. Olja och tempera på duk, 165 x 135 cm. Foto: Ove Kvavik/Munchmuseet

Lena Cronqvist

7 March – 25 October, 2020

With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Lena Cronqvist has established herself as one of Sweden’s most prominent artists. Best known for her paintings, Cronqvist’s multifaceted oeuvre also includes sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile art. Her imagery embraces existential themes, such as love, childhood, motherhood, loneliness and death, and she often uses herself as a model. Cronqvist’s artistic practice is profoundly personal, yet equally inclusive and universal.

This thematic exhibition presents paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and textile works from the 1960s to the present. The presentation includes several recent paintings that are being exhibited publicly for the first time.

John Bauer, Här har du allt som återstår av mina kläder, 1915. Akvarell och gouach på papper 30 x 34 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 dolls, 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.