Carl Johan De Geer – The big misconception


The Thiel Gallery

2021-10-16 — 2022-03-20

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.

Open hours

Tuesday–Sunday 12–17
Monday closed


Adults 130 SEK
Students and seniors (65 and over) 100 SEK
No charge for children under the age of 19.