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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