Carl Johan De Geer – The big misconception

Carl Johan De Geer began designing his imaginative and expressive large patterns in strong colours and contrasts in the early 1950s. They were a protest against the prevailing brownish, discreet style, and the aesthetic values he grew up with. He wanted to change society with colour and form.

“It’s connected to an idea we had at the time, that you could create a new and better world without war, with prints, bright colours and music. A big misunderstanding.”

Since his debut in the early 1960s, Carl Johan De Geer (b. 1938) has been a prominent figure in Swedish culture. Innovative, provocative and brilliantly multitalented, he has practised as a visual artist, designer, filmmaker, photographer, stage designer and writer. But he knew from the start that he wanted to be a textile designer.

This exhibition presents his textile works. Fabrics and print sketches are shown together with photographs from the same period. We also feature films where Carl Johan De Geer talks about his inspiration and output.

The exhibition was produced by Bildmuseet, Umeå University. The exhibition was previously shown at Bildmuseet 12 april – 15 september 2019 and Kulturen in Lund on 4 April – 30 August 2020.

Fiskereturen – Baltic Sea Science Center

Fishing gear that ends up in the wrong places, in the oceans and in our nature, is a big problem. Unfortunately, a large amount of the plastic that ends up in our seas and on our beaches comes from fishing-related sources. This needs to change.

On September 10 at 10:00-15:00, Fiskereturen visits the Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen, an initiative started by Båtskroten, Sotenäs municipality, The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation and Fiskareföreningen Norden, with support from Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. You will have the opportunity to learn more about used fishing gear and how to find new use for them. You can also participate in one of their competitions where you can win lots of great prizes!

You can find Fiskereturen’s website here.

Market Art Fair 2021 – Liljevalchs

From the September 17 to 19 the Market Art Fair showcases every art from prominent Nordic galleries and artists. Visitors can buy art, go on guided tours or discover high-quality art from the Nordic countries on their own. Seminars and other events are also held during the fair.

Read more about the fair as well as the exhibitors here.

Grand Antiques, Art & Design


Grand Antiques, Art & Design is Scandinavia’s most interesting antique fair. During four days, 27 of the country’s leading art and antique dealers exhibit designs, carpets, jewellery, art, antiques and much more.

In Liljevalch’s beautiful halls, selected works range from antique objects to contemporary art. As a visitor, it is a lovely experience to stroll through the beautiful stands and enjoy the rich selection, and not least meet Sweden’s leading antique experts.


Anjemarks Antikhandel AntikWest Oriental Antiques Bowallens Antik, Berglöfs Antikhandel, C & V Jewellery Escape, Edelstam Konst & Antikviteter, FA:s Antik Galerie Donner, Galleri Agardh & Tornvall
 Galleri Claes Moser, Galleri Frendberg 
 Gula Huset, Helms Antikvitetshandel, Hoffmans Antikhandel, Knutssons Antik & Konsthandel, Larssons Antik, Larssons Konsthandel, Lundgrens, Mollbrinks Konst, Napoleon Antik Nordlings, Ribbhagen, Sjöström Antik, Skajs Antikhandel, Streco Orientmattor, Thunér Antikhandel, Zimmerdahl Antiques & Design.

Read more about the fair and book tickets here.

Live music with Deri Rowlands

Every Sunday in September there will be wonderful live music together with Deri Rowlands at the restaurant Lilla Hasselbacken here at Royal Djurgården.

Find out more about Lilla Hasselbacken here.



Stockholms Boat Fair

This year the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) opened a new guest harbor close to Junibacken at Djurgården in central Stockholm. From the 2nd to the 5th September the harbour will host fleeting boat fair with more 70 new boats in the water, and selected suppliers on the shore. There will be several world premiers on new boats and a special focus on energy smart and low emission boats. There will also be possible to get some light meals, drinks and “fika”.

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club will comply to the recommendations of the authorities regarding Covid-19.

Elected to lead – The Museum of Ethnography

What happens when women gain influence on a society on the same terms as men? At The Museum of Ethnography, The Hunger Project along with The National Museums of World Culture has created a photo exhibition called Elected to lead which focuses on the role and space for women in the democratic system. You get to meet Lokamma, Shahida, Jagadevi, Guthyamma, Khublata, and Laxmi – six Indian women who have all fought for their places in politics. Six women who were elected to lead.

Kim Halle – Textile Sketches

Friends of Handicraft’s Gallery presents Textile Sketches, a solo exhibition by illustrator and designer Kim Halle. The exhibition opens September 2 and continues to October 3. The exhibition includes a selection of Kim Halle’s work: idea sketches, costume and fashion drawings along with selected garments and textiles.

Kim Halle has 25 years of experience in teaching design and illustration techniques at a number of design and handicraft educations, including Beckman’s College of Design and The Academy of Cutting and Tailoring in Stockholm, and has worked for many years as a color and design teacher at Friend’s of Handicraft’s School. Kim is currently active in the designduo Halle&Lomakka as well as an artist, illustrator and costume designer for Dramaten in Stockholm and moment:teater in Gubbängen.

To reserve a visit at the opening day for the exhibition, send an email to:

The Allotment garden day!

On Saturday August 28 is the Allotment garden day celebrated at Skansen.

At 2 pm an apple tree is planted at the 1920s allotment. Throughout the day there will also be volunteers in place which will tell you more about the 1920s and 1940s allotments with connections to today.

Find out more about the allotments at Skansen here. 

Expedition Art at Waldermarsudde

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’s co-organised with the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat and is accompanied by an interesting programme.

A room of its own

“A room of its own – The artist role during the late 19th century” is an exhibition at Waldemarsudde that focuses on how female artists conquered the artist role during a time of radical social change and aspirations for gender equality. The presentation describes how significant nordic artists like Julia Beck, Hanna Hirsch-Pauli, Bertha Wegmann och Helene Schjerfbeck stages themselves in the artist role in dialogue with their contemporary male colleges such as Edvard Munch, Ernst Josephson, Christian Krohg, Carl Larsson och Anders Zorn.

The exhibition also examines  how collectors and art critics contributed to profiling and elevating contemporary artists. The artists’ traveling, internationalization, as well as the importance of the exhibition-media, especially the Salon in Paris, are further themes that are highlighted in the exhibition. Approximately a hundred visually strong and innovative works with motifs such as self-portraits, peer portraits, and studio interiors are displayed in this extensive, exciting, and research-based exhibition.

Paris of the North

Timeless elegance, exquisite craftsmanship and tailor-made dreams. On September 17 Nordiska museet opens a fashion exhibition that transports you to the golden age of haute couture and the northernmost outpost of Paris fashion – the French Couture Atelier at the NK department store in Stockholm.

The pearl grey salon was the most glamorous arena in Stockholm for the masterpieces of haute couture and the leading atelier in the Nordic countries from the turn of the last century to the 1960s. This was where exquisitely crafted tailor-made creations were made that serve as inspiration to this day.

The exhibition is a tribute to first-class craftsmanship and shows hundreds of garments along with photographs, films, and stories about the people in the legendary studio.

To visit the exhibition, you buy a ticket separately.

Read more about the exhibition here and prebook tickets here.

Helene Schjerfbeck – artist and letter-writer. Lecture by Lena Holger

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) was an excellent artist, illustrator, as well as painter. She was also a diligent letter-writer. During the politically revolutionary years 1907-1928, she corresponded with her nine years older artist colleague Maria Wiik – the letters are preserved in the art museum Villa Gyllenberg in Helsinki.

In the letter book Helene Schjerfbeck – Och jag målar ändå, art historian Lena Holger has thematized and commented on the letters with focus on Schjerfbeck’s artistic work and life situation. Schjerfbeck expresses her thoughts about her painting and about other artists. She talks about her reading experiences, about the search for models and about the pain of exhibiting. There is a periodic shortage of food, she freezes, and after the death of her mother she experiences great loneliness. The thousands of letters are characterized through a striking spontaneity.

Introducing the lecturer

Lena Holger was previously chief curator at the National Museum and has written many books about artists, particularly Helene Schjerfbeck’s art. She has also created art and culture exhibitions in various parts of the Nordic region. At Prince Eugene’s Waldermarsudde, she compiled the exhibition about Helmer Osslund in 2008. In 2016, she published a book about the Finnish artist Ellen Thesleff, as well as produced an exhibition about Sven-Harry’s Art museum in Stockholm. In fall of 2021 she will publish a book about Lisa Bauer, an illustrator and glass artist.

The tickets give you free admission to the Thiel Gallery all day from 12 noon. Don’t miss the acclaimed exhibition The Individual and Spirituality where several paintings by Helene Schjerfbeck’s Villa Gyllenberg collection is being exhibited. The permanent collections show art from the the turn of the 1900s century with artists such as Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Eugène Jansson, and Edvard Munch.

Prebooking only. Buy your ticket here.

Café Monika Ahlberg is open to 18:00 the same day as the lecture. Pre-ordering is available through email:

Practical details

The lecture takes place in the Salon, upstairs. Limited number of seats. Please note that the museum closes at 19:30, 30 minutes after the lecture’s ending.

The Art of Forgery

In the Police Museum’s new exhibition The Art of Forgery they display paintings falsely credited to artist as Picasso and Jenny Nyström among other famous artists before the police seized them and declared them forged artwork.

With the help of art investigator Peter Lloyd who works at the City Police in Stockholm, the Police Museum has collected a section of paintings that circulated on the art market before the police suspected them of forgery and caught them.

But it’s not forbidden to paint a work of art similar to someone else’s or to copy someone’s style, so when does art forgery become a crime? Can you learn to judge if a painting is forged and what should you keep in mind before buying a work of art? These are the questions the Police Museum are trying to answer in the exhibition The Art of Forgery.

Oktoberfest at Gröna Lund.

Pre-party, pentathlon, Monster rides, 2-course dinner, live band and of course lots of beer – you will not get closer to München than this!

This will be included:
– Pre-party in the Danish bar where you can buy beer & snacks!
– Pentathlon with friends!
– 2-course dinner in true October festivity at the Biergarten restaurant!
– Dinner entertainment with live band!
– Free rides in Monster!

Please Obs! 18 year limit.

For more information about Oktoberfest at Gröna Lund see here.

Run for Pride 2021

Since 2017, Run for Pride has been organized for diversity and equal value for everyone everywhere. It is an LGBTQI race in the name of the community, where the four prize categories – Non-Binary, Women, Men and Best Costume – have the opportunity to win gold or silver.

Choose between 5 or 10 kilometers around Djurgården, and as always, joy comes before performance. With famous artists on stage and several colorful surprises, this will be a run to remember!

Find out more about Run for Pride and buy your tickets here. 

Guided tours in the Museipark

The Museum of Ethnography offers two different guided tours in the Museipark on nine different dates. One of them is a guided tour with an introduction to the exhibition Human Nature about consumption, human’s place in the ecosystem and what we can learn from indigenous people. The tour also includes a visit to the Japanese garden by the tea house.

The other tour is the family tour. The tour visits the totem pole from Canada, the Japanese teahouse and listens to an exciting story under rustling trees!

Carl Johan De Geer. Den stora missuppfattningen

Carl Johan De Geer började producera stormönstrade fantasifullt expressiva tryck i starka och kontrastrika färgkombin­ationer i början av 60-talet. Det var en revolt mot tidens brunmurrigt diskreta ideal och uppväxtens estetiska värderingar. Med form och färg ville han påverka hela samhället.

”Det hör ihop med en idé vi hade då: att det gick att skapa en ny och bättre värld utan krig med hjälp av mönster, starka färger och musik. En missuppfattning.”

Sedan debuten i början av 1960-talet har Carl Johan De Geer (f. 1938) varit en framträdande gestalt i det svenska kulturlivet. Nyskapande, provocerande och lysande mångkunnig har han verkat som bildkonstnär, formgivare, filmare, fotograf, scenograf och författare. Han visste dock redan från början att han ville bli textilformgivare.

Utställningen presenterar hans textila arbeten. Tyger och mönsterskisser visas tillsammans med fotografier från samma tidsperiod. Här visas också filmer där Carl Johan De Geer berättar om sin inspiration och produktion.

Utställningen är producerad av Bildmuseet, Umeå universitet. Curator: Brita Täljedal, Bildmuseet. Utställningen har tidigare visats på Kulturen i Lund 4 april, 2020 – 30 augusti 2020.

Craft weekends at Skansen

Are you interested in experiencing historical craftsmanship, building maintenance, handicrafts, textile and food? During the late summer and early autumn Skansen is teeming with craftsmanship, sustainability, knowledge and creativity. Meet the craftsmen in their workshops. Discover window renovation, tobacco harvesting and sod roofing. Participate in try-out activities and crafts, for young and old, and shop locally produced crafts.

Read more about Skansen’s craft weekends here.

Stockholm’s book weekend at Hasselbacken

Democracy and sects, research policy and birdwatching, the world according to fundamental physics, spirituality in public, and last but not least, soccer. For three whole days, Hasselbacken welcomes those who are curious about culture, science, philosophy, and debate of ideas, to a packed program in Hasselbacken’s garden, organised within Stockholm’s book weekend.

In addition to conversations, there will be music with Isabella Lundgren, Tomas Andersson Wij, and Annika Norlin, story readings and board games with Sweden’s first astronaut Christer Fuglesang, as well as workout tips from physiologists Jessica Norrbom and Maria Ahlsén.

Next to the stage, Hasselbacken has set up a long table with books and fantastic prizes. Buy a book, or two, and get it signed!

All conversations will be filmed by Bilda and livestreamed on their and Fri Tankes Facebook page, which will later on be published on both of their Youtube channels.