Spring Art on Royal Djurgården: A Guide
Swedes might say they love winter, but when the days start getting longer and lighter, it’s a sure sign that our beloved summer is on its way.
Spring is a time, therefore, when we start to feel positive and inspired. Royal Djurgården is a green oasis, so for Stockholmers and visits alike, it is the place to experience the beautiful greenery and flowers that blossom as spring begins. It is also home to lots of exciting art exhibitions, many of which are hosted in museums and galleries that are surrounded by nature. This means that you can experience beautiful art, both inside and outside!
Here is a selection of exhibitions that are ongoing throughout the spring, here on Royal Djurgården:
Angus Fairhurst Absolut Art Collection
The Museum of Spirits
23rd October 2019-13th April 2020
Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008) belonged to an influential generation that became the phenomenon known as the Young British Artists, or YBAs. As a group, they fought against the market-driven attitude of the 1990s. Fairhurst was a central figure, expressing himself with brilliant, absurd, somewhat melancholy humour. His work has been described as a labyrinth of references to Western art history, but it is equally an exploration of the dubious ideals of advertising and luxury consumerism. Spritmuseum’s own Absolut Art Collection includes Absolut Fairhurst from 1994.
The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography
The Thiel Gallery
8th February-31st May 2020
Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was one of the first artists to take “selfies.” He pursued photography as an experimental medium and himself as an experimental subject. He explored the dynamics of layered imagery; unexpected areas of blank, disunified, or undefined form; and shadows that replace living bodies. The exhibition gives you an insight into this lesser-known side of the artist.
Silent Beauty – Nordic and East Asian Interaction
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde
15th February-31st May 2020
Silent Beauty – Nordic and East Asian Interaction is a fusion of Nordic and East Asian aesthetics from the 1900s, with a special focus on the years following the Second World War. The exhibition features paintings, graphics, ceramics and textiles by Japanese, Swedish and Finnish artists. Geometric shapes, refined colours and fabrics and textures are recurrent characteristics amongst the works on display.
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde
7th March-27th September 2020
With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Lena Cronqvist has established herself as one of Sweden’s most prominent artists. 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 includes several recent paintings that are being exhibited publicly for the first time.
Market Art Fair 2020
24th April-26th April 2020
Market Art Fair is the leading contemporary art fair in the Nordic region, initiated in 2006 by galleries representing the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. During the fair, selected galleries showcase an exclusive selection of the most interesting art on the Nordic scene, focusing on solo projects as well as carefully curated presentations.