LARS JONSSON & KENT ULLBERG
Paintings & Sculptures1 June - 8 October 2017

Lars Jonsson, b.1952, is an artist, writer and ornithologist. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Uppsala. In his art Jonsson depicts birds and their habitats and he has also published a number of books on birdlife and nature. Lars Jonsson often works outdoors and paints what he sees in his spotting scope. Many of his watercolours and oil paintings are painted in situ. His studio work is based on his sketchbooks comprising thousands of studies and sketches of birds, landscapes, light effects and compositional sketches. At Millesgården oil paintings and watercolours are on display.

Kent Ullberg, b. 1945, is a Swedish-American sculptor. After completing his studies at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm in the 1960s, he left Sweden and lived in different parts of Europe and later in Botswana, where he worked as a curator at the National Museum and Art Gallery. Today Ullberg lives and works in the United States in Texas and Colorado. Kent Ullberg depicts animals, often in a monumental format in the public domain. His works are to be found throughout the world. Havsvind  [Sea Wind], a stainless steel sculpture, over five metres high, is installed at Alviks strand in Stockholm and one of his recent monuments is the giant fountain Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness in Omaha, Nebraska, comprising 58 life-size Canada geese. Kent Ullberg’s animal sculptures have been temporarily relocated to Millesgården, a place Ullberg often visited as a young artist as he was greatly inspired by the monumentality and content of Milles’ sculptures.

CHANEL BALMAIN DIOR
Marianne Bernadotte - A style icon
March 17 - June 11 2017

Throughout the years Marianne Bernadotte (b. 1924), actor, philanthropist and the widow of the designer Sigvard Bernadotte, has appeared in apparel from some of the major French fashion houses, including Chanel, Balmain and Dior. Personal friends of the fashion designer Pierre Balmain, the Bernadottes’ wardrobe comprised a large number of garments from the house of Balmain. Based on several of Marianne Bernadotte’s fashion garments, primarily from the 1970s and 1980s, we portray the couture of these French fashion houses. The exhibition will be displayed in Millesgården’s Artist Home on the Upper Terrace.

GERDA WEGENER
& The Danish Girl
4 February - 14 May 2017

The Danish artist Gerda Wegener (1885-1940) recently received attention when the film The Danish Girl was shown at cinemas throughout the world. The Swedish actress Alicia Vikander played Gerda Wegener, and received an Oscar for her role. In the exhibition, produced by the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Wegener’s paintings depicting elegant and sensual women are displayed. As a female artist, she portrayed the beauty of women with equal parts empathy, understanding and fascination.

She married the landscape painter Einar Wegener, today better known as Lili Elbe, a transgender woman. Lili was Gerda Wegener’s model and art became their free space. The exhibition raises issues on artistic practices that break with the traditional gender relations between painter, muse and model.
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