INGRID VANG NYMAN, PIPPI LONGSTOCKING AND MORE
28 January - 20 May 2012
Millesgården presents an exhibition of Ingrid Vang Nyman, artist and children's book illustrator. She is best known for her illustrations for Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking books. Despite the fact that her powerful images are widely recognised, Ingrid Vang Nyman has remained relatively unknown, in comparison to Ilon Wikland or Björn Berg, who also illustrated Astrid Lindgren's books.
Although born in Denmark, it was Ingrid Vang Nyman who introduced modernism in children's book illustration in Sweden. She formed a bridge between the Swedish and Danish children's book illustration traditions and out Denmark out into the world and modernism. During the Word War II, Sweden was cut off from the world around and it was not until after the end of the war that the borders were opened and new influences washed over the country. In art visual this was evident with the artist group the Men of 1947 and the emergence of concrete art.
In children's book illustration, Ingrid Vang Nyman had already broken new ground with her bold, modern "flat pictures" for the book Pippi Longstocking, which was published as early as 1945. Perhaps the "flatness" of her images had something to do with the fact that she had vision in only one eye; she injured the other one in an accident as a child. However, the main reason was of course Ingrid Vang Nyman's creative way of using colour and form in combination with the printing technology.
Ingrid Vang Nyman's images were stylised and tight, but she took great care to correctly depict the real world with its animals and various environments. In the 1950's she conducted meticulous research at the ethnographic collections of the National Museum in Copenhagen for her depictions of children of distant cultures, and she studied animals at the Copenhagen Zoo.
This is an exhibition designed to delight both children and adults. The presentation includes original illustrations, as well as a scenography in which children and adults can play. The exhibition focuses on the books about Pippi Longstocking,Jugga Jagga and Vagge Vugge, The Children of Noisy Village and the posthumously published Människorsnas land, (Land of man) a book about Greenland with illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman.
Some of Ingrid Vang Nyman's comic strips featuring Pippi Longstocking, first published in a children's magazine 1957-1959, will also be shown.
The first exhibition ever with Ingrid Vang Nyman was showed at Vejen Art museum, Denmark 2000/2001 in collaboration with her son, the political cartoonist Peder Nyman.
The first major exhibition in Sweden of Ingrid Vang Nyman was presented at the National Library of Sweden in 2003.
The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Saltkråkan AB and the National Library of Sweden with loans from private lenders and publishers.
The exhibition group comprises: Lena Törnqvist, selection of original artworks and texts; Lina Sporrong, scenography, and Ulrika Sasko, graphic design.
More about Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916-1959)
Ingrid Vang Nyman was born in Denmark in 1916 and received artistic training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 1937 she met Arne Nyman, whom she married in 1940. The same year their son Peder was born.
In 1942 Ingrid Vang Nyman moved to Sweden. Initially she supported herself by odd jobs, e.g.washing dishes. She also learnt to fold lampshades from her friend Le Klint who later founded a word wide company in this field. In 1944 Ingrid Vang Nyman divorced Arne Nyman.
In 1945, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren was published, with illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman. It was followed by Pippi Goes on Board (1946) and Pippi in the South Seas (1948). The picture book Do you know Pippi Longstocking was published in 1947.In 1945 she also illustrated Ivik den faderlöse [Ivik the Fatherless], written by her cousin, Pipaluk Freuchen, daughter of the internationally known polar explorer Peter Freuchen.
In the period 1945 - 1953 Ingrid Vang Nyman illustrated more than thirty childrens's books and a very large number of illustrations for other publications. After her return to Denmark only the comic strip version of Pippi Longstocking was printed in her lifetime.
In 1954 she returned to Copenhagen.
From 1957-59 she received psychological counselling in Copenhagen.
On Saint Lucy's Day (13 December) 1959, Ingrid Vang Nyman ended her life in the Gotha boarding house in Copenhagen.