Current and coming exhibitions

Hand of God. Photo: Yanan Li
The Archer. Photo: Yanan Li
Carl Milles. Angel musicians. Photo: Yanan Li

29 May 2021 - 30 Jan 2022


At the end of May, Millesgården will open a major exhibition of the works of designer and illustrator Stig Lindberg (1916-1982). The presentation includes over 400 objects – porcelain, wallpaper, textiles, industrial design, illustrations and more. Anne’s House on the Lower Terrace will be transformed into Gunnel and Stig’s House and the famous Berså pattern will be displayed in large format in the park. Many of the works have never been previously exhibited.

Lindberg’s illustrations for Lennart Hellsing’s children’s books on Krakel Spektakel will pop up in a separate gallery for large and small children.

Stig Lindberg’s designs enjoyed great popularity in Swedish homes from the end of the 1930s when he worked at Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory. It was an exciting and dynamic time for Lindberg and his contemporary design and artist colleagues, who broke new ground in terms of materials and colours. They were perhaps also inspired by the need for “more beautiful everyday goods”, a concept with an educational ambition that included objects combining function and beauty and were available at affordable prices. Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory, owned by the consumer co-operative union Konsumentföreningen, provided space for experimentation as the association purchased or founded several major companies, including Luma that manufactured light bulbs, radios and televisionsets, among other things. The co-operative union also ran, for example, publishing houses, department stores and conference centres.

During two extensive periods as creative director at Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory (1947-1957 and 1972-1980), several new materials and techniques were developed, and Lindberg’s enthusiasm and imagination resulted in the creation of a number of popular objects that were both functional and decorative: ceramic vases, faience works, table services, etc. Beloved articles such as the plastic moneybox Skotten and household wares such as the dinner services Berså, Terma, Spisa Ribb, as well as more unusual and lesser known objects such as a barbecue in enamelled sheet metal, the television set Lumavision and a transistor radio for Luma. Between the periods at Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory,  Lindberg held the position of professor of ceramics at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, while continuing to design porcelain for Gustavsberg. Few designers were, and still are, as productive, popular and beloved as Lindberg.

Stig Lindberg is represented in museum collections in Sweden and internationally.

Stig Lindberg's son Lars Dueholm-Lindberg is managing Stig Lindberg's legacy and the curator of the exhibition at Millesgården.

Wien & Paris 1907 - 1957
12 february - 4 september 2022

The photographer Dora Kallmus (1881–1963) had a studio in Vienna and later Paris. Kallmus early on adopted the name Madame d’Ora. In front of her camera sat cultural personalities and transgressors such as Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Tamara de Lempicka, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel and Anita Berber. D’Ora’s fashion photographs were published in the largest fashion magazine of the time. The models were wearing Wiener Werkstätte, Balenciaga, Hermès, Chanel and Madame Agnès.

When the Nazis took control of Paris in 1940, Kallmus, who came from a Jewish family, lost her studio and fled to the French countryside. Friends and family were persecuted. Her sister was deported and murdered. These horrors were after the war embodied by Kallmus in a series of photographs from Parisian slaughterhouses and refugee camps. The contrasts are amazing.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Photoinstitut Bonartes in Vienna, Ullstein Bild in Berlin and Preus museum in Norway.