OCTOBER 8th 2015 - JANUARY 24th 2016

The exhibition THE RISE AND FALL OF INGRID BERGMAN. AND RISE is an homage to Ingrid Bergman on the occasion of the anniversary of her 100th birthday. Widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of cinema, Ingrid Bergman won three Academy Awards and is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. However, Ingrid Bergman is not just a movie star from a bygone age. As a professional and private individual she was a role model whose life choices did not always meet with approval.The title of the exhibition may be perceived as provocative. The part of the exhibition entitled The Fall tells the story of a woman who remained true to herself and always chose her own path in life. As a result she was denounced, even on the floor of the United States Senate.

“I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.”

As famous Swedes in the United States and Italy, Ingrid Bergman and Carl Milles struck up a friendship and kept up a correspondence. The exhibition contains a letter from Ingrid Bergman to Carl Milles as well as three photographs of her children with Rossellini posing in Millesgården’s snow-covered sculpture park. In her letter, Ingrid Bergman explains that she feels
misunderstood in Sweden, a sentiment she shared with the sculptor Milles.

The exhibition comprises 60 photographs by, among others, Robert Capa and Lennart Nilsson, prints by Andy Warhol, clothes and film clips from different stages of the actress’s life. The exhibition has been fully endorsed by Ingrid Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini, who has granted access to Ingrid Bergman’s private archives at Wesleyan University in the United States.

The exhibition is produced by Actit kommunikation/Annmari Kastrup and R.A.B.B.E./Anders Rabenius, for Strandverket, Marstrand.

Exhibitions 2015

The exhibition MARC CHAGALL AND HIS RUSSIAN CONTEMPORARIES was due to open on 12 September at Millesgården. Produced in collaboration with the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, the exhibition comprised 48 works. However, the Russian Ministry of Culture refused to grant an export licence for 40 works owned by the Russian Museum and therefore the exhibition had to be cancelled at short notice. A catalogue, in Swedish and English, has been produced in conjunction with the exhibition. It and much more is available in the museum shop. At the last minute, eight paintings from private collections in Europe arrived. Millesgården has decided to exhibit these works, which have never previously been shown in Sweden, together with two books of drawings and four drawings that demonstrate exciting aspects of Chagall’s art.The works provide a picture of the early Marc Chagall and his experiences from Vitebsk. Memories that would characterise his entire artistic career.
A work by Chagall’s teacher, Yehuda Penn, is also on disp

MAY 30th - AUGUST 30th 2015

In this year's summer exhibition at Millesgården, the garden enters the Art Gallery. When the sculpture park is resplendent with flowers, the flourishing continues indoors where we present more than 60 works by 20 artists, all featuring floral motifs. Older still lifes hang side by side with works by prominent contemporary artists. In techniques ranging from painting and photography to moving images, there is an abundance of floral imagery that conveys everything from desire and pleasure, to death and transitoriness. The exhibition brings forth the details in the seductive floral motifs. Which flowers have the artists chosen and why? In some of the works the flower world is depicted with scientific precision and in others we see plants that bloom only in the artist's imagination. Deadly poisonous plants hide in sugary-sweet bouquets. In the works by contemporary artists there are flowers that grow, wither, are picked to pieces, form patterns and reemerge. Paintings, both minimal and monumental, are in dialogue with video art and photography. The exhibition texts present the secrets of the flower images from a plant grower's perspective. They are written by Karin Berglund, author of several gardening books, including Bonniers stora bok om din 
trädgård, 1996 and Med fingrarna i jorden, 1999. Karin Berglund, whose expert eyes are trained on both the living and the depicted vegetation, relates the history and status of different flowers and their place in borders and bouquets. She writes about flowers both edible and poisonous, and how they have been used throughout history in the production of medicine. Artists in the exhibition: Ivan Aguéli, Roger Andersson, Dick Beer, Saara Ekström, Sven X-et Erixson, Elsa Grünewald, Denise Grünstein, Agda Holst, Eugène Jansson, Gunilla Lagerhem-Ullberg, Henning Malmström, Heikki Marila, Maria Sibylla Merian, Olga Milles, Emma Mulvad, Jenny Nyström, Ewa-Marie Rundquist, Theodor Schröder, Andy Warhol and Frans Ykens.


20 September 2014 - 18 May 2015

Ask anyone on the street about Pompeii or just say the word "Pompeii" and people will react immediately. They'll mention death, of course; exciting and terrible at the same time. But there's also plenty of curiosity. What happened afterwards? What has been discovered? What do we know about the people who lived in the shadow of the volcano? Will it happen again?

The exhibition at Millesgården will perhaps not answer all questions but certainly quite a few.

Welcome to the banker Caecilius Iucundus. He invites us into his house and shows us his dearest objects; his business archives, his silver service and his erotic frescoes, as well as more everyday things such as glass panes and hinges.

We look at new 3D models of his house and experience both the original splendour of the building and the ruin that remains today.

Why at Millesgården? The exhibition will take over the entire museum area, focused on the Art Gallery, because Carl Milles loved Italy and was inspired by Pompeii, which is evident in the Artist's Home and in the entire terraced park. When Millesgården connected with the Swedish Pompeii Project, who have been excavating in Pompeii for more than ten years, the idea of an exhibition was born. The impressive treasures unearthed by Swedish archaeologists beg to be exhibited. The combination of Millesgården, the Swedish Pompeii Project and loans from the museum of Naples is quite simply unbeatable.

We offer special effects and Aha! experiences and the Art Gallery's atrium-like design lends credibility to the story-telling and the depiction.

For whom? For everyone who reacts to Pompeii! For the curious who want to experience a sense of the time and perhaps ask questions about today. For those who want to know more and also for those who just want to see an exhibition with a difference.

We will arrange a series of popular as well as academic lectures.

INDIA Past >< Forward
MAY 20-27th 2015

A small exhibition displayed at the entrance of Millesgården

INDIA Past >< Forward is a homage to India's time-tested dexterity in design. With a selection of contemporary design objects, studio Design Temple, traces parallel inspirations from Indias past to display the ingenuity of this 5000 year-old civilization.

The art of everyday life from Indias past highlights a synthesis of form, function and material that is embedded into the evolution of their design, over hundreds of years. As an integral part of everyday life, objects act as cultural conveyors. And this visual dialogue between the old and new, throws light on Indias people and their way of life. Positioned at the crossroad of globalization and an ancient design culture, India Past >< Forward is fortuitously timed as Twenty-first century India brims with opportunity for the future.

Studio: Design Temple
Curator: Divya Thakur

The higher you need to go, the deeper must be the foundation. With this belief studio Design Temple, presents India Past Forward.

A visual dialogue between Objects from Indias past and present.

Spring 2015​

In the spring of 2015 Millesgården, Rosendals trädgård and Waldemarsudde displays a joint venture of spring bulbs in their gardens. A total of 50 000 bulbs are planted by the gardeners.

In the artist Carl Milles' sculpture park at Millesgården we meet, among other things, a sea of daffodils, imperial crowns and lilies designed by landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell and gardener Maja Stjernberg. In front of Anne's house at the Lower terrace, the stairs are full of crocuses, irises and grape hyacinths, all grown in pots. The wild alliums are grown in a range of colors. From touches of white via spring green tones, yellow and orange to brownish and black contrasts which reinforce the nature of the park and its beautiful stone walls.

Cajsa von Zeipel vs. Carl Milles
21 februari - 22 mars 2015 

Duringthe past few years Cajsa von Zeipel's bevy of teenage girls have invaded the Swedish art scene. In Stockholm we have seen the challenging sculpture Pretty Vacant outside the MOOD shopping mall and the Gothenburg Museum of Art has acquired Seconds in Ecstasy for their permanent collection, where it is currently on display with works by, among others, Carl Milles. In the Artist's Home at Millesgården, von Zeipel's elongated, scantily-clad, monumental sculptures encounter Milles' classicist figures. A meeting that creates sparks! We eagerly await!

"Ponytail, hooves and horns on the forehead vs. ponytail, platform shoes and a shitty attitude. Figurative sculpture, white surface, long and slender ideals. What has happened to Swedish plaster during the last 100 years? Zoo Collective moves into Carl Milles' studio, primarily to tease, chit chat and get Milles down on all fours. Carl Milles' fascination with Greek mythology resulted in a
significant number of sculptures of mythological creatures in which the boundary between human and animal is erased. Milles is not alone in this. Zoo Collective rides on the strong historical tradition of using the animal kingdom as a tool to exemplify human psychological characteristics. The encounter with Milles' works will be the third time that I relate to a historical collection. The
first time was in the Nike Gallery at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm where "Seconds into Ecstasy" was presented; a giant stripper who challenged Nike with her long wing-like legs that parried Nike's headless neck.

The second time was at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, where the work "Runkballe" was displayed in the Sergel Gallery while the classic collection was draped with white covers in the installation "Shy". 

Cajsa von Zeipel, 17-12-2014

The opening on 21 February will coincide with the release of von Zeipel's first book, PRO-ANATOMY, which takes its starting point in how the artist's fascination and obsession with the body developed into an interest in sculpture, comprising material from 2007- 2014.

Cajsa von Zeipel was born in 1983 in Gothenburg, was educated at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and at
the Städelschule in Frankfurt, and has held several solo and group exhibitions in Sweden and abroa