STIG LINDBERG
29 May 2021 – 30 January 2022

At the end of May, Millesgården will open a majorexhibition of the works of designer and illustrator Stig Lindberg (1916-1982).The presentation includes some 400 objects – porcelain, wallpaper, textiles,industrial design, illustrations and more. Anne’s House on the Lower Terracewill be transformed into Stig and his wife Gunnel’s home and the famous Berså pattern will be displayed in largeformat in the park below. Many of the works have never been previouslyexhibited.
Lindberg’s illustrations for Lennart Hellsing’schildren’s books on Krakel Spektakel will be presented in a separate gallery for large and small children.

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

During two extensive periods at Gustavsberg(1947-1957 and 1972-1980), several new materials and techniques were developed,and Lindberg’s enthusiasm and imagination resulted in the creation of a numberof 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 suchas the dinner services Berså, Tema, Ribb. As well as more unusual and lesser known objects such as abarbecue in enamelled sheet metal, the television set Lumavision and a transistor radio for Luma. Between the periods atGustavsberg Porcelain Factory,  Lindbergheld 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 as productive, popular andbeloved as Lindberg.
Stig Lindberg is represented in museumcollections in Sweden and around the world.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Lars Dueholm-Lindberg, Stig Lindberg’s son, who
manages the legacy of his father.

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LISELOTTE WATKINS’ ITALY
4 September – 21 November 2021

Liselotte Watkins finds inspiration for her painting in her daily life in Rome, where she moved with her family some years ago.
Watkins has spent a long time illustrating and painting women. During the pandemic year, in locked-down Italy, she observed how women spend time in and close to their homes. Based on close readings of herself and other women, she creates images that are interpretations of moods and emotional states. What do these women dream of, what do they do and what do they think about?
Filled with humorous and playful details and furniture, the motifs referring to art history, older still lifes and intimate depictions of space. The pictorial surface is dominated by geometric shapes with the sporadic appearance of a human presence.
Other series comprise painted amphoras and other ceramic objects, found at markets and flea markets. These are also portraits of women, several of which were exhibited at Villa San Michele in 2019. Watkins also works with textiles.

Born in Nyköping in 1971, as a high school student, Liselotte Watkins Falk moved to Texas, where a distant relative lived. Through recommendations, she began studying at the Dallas Art Institute where she focused on advertising and illustration. After a period in Stockholm, she relocated to New York at the end of the 1990s and this is when her career took off. Receiving much attention for her fashion illustrations, Watkins’ clients included Miu Miu, Prada, Vogue and Elle. She has also illustrated several books, including her own fashion illustrations in Watkins’ Heroine.
After sojourns in Milan and Paris, Watkins moved to Rome where she stopped accepting commissions and began to focus entirely on her artistic practice. She has been active as an artist in Italy for a decade and for the past five years she has devoted herself exclusively to painting.

When asked if any specific artist or art historical period has inspired her, she answers: “Here in Rome and Florence, it is difficult to avoid the Renaissance and Bernini and Michelangelo, all of whom one has to relate to. I have also been very inspired by Cy Twombly (1928-2011) who lived here for many years. In Milan, it was Carla Accardi (1924-2014) and Nathalie du Pasquier (b. 1957). In Paris, I became obsessed with Picasso. New York gave me Andy Warhol and Stockholm Sigrid Hjertén.”

The exhibition in the Artist’s Home and the Small Studio features some 20 paintings and 10 sculptures from 2018-2020. Several works have never previously been exhibited.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Villa San Michele and CF Hill Gallery.

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NEW AQUISTITION TO THE ANTIQUES COLLECTION

Millesgården have, through Sotheby's acquired two Roman marble figures of dogs, from the 2nd century AD. They were at the end of 1930s offered for sale along with the Actaeonsculpture Carl Milles bought. The sculpture Milles bought depicts a recoiling man with traces of canine jaws and paws on the thighs. Milles acquired only the male figure, without dogs.

Actaeon was, according to Greek mythology, the grandson of the King of Thebes, and a skilled hunter. During a hunt with his two dogs, he wanders into a forbidden forest and sees the hunting goddess Artemis bathing naked. Artemis discovers him and in anger she transforms him into a deer, then the hunter's own dogs attack and tear him to pieces. At the British Museum in London there is a sculpture group of the same theme, including dogs, but on a smaller scale. In this sculpture the antlers are starting to grow out of Actaeons head.

The acquisition complements Millesgården´s collection of antiques and also enables research on Carl Milles and his collection of antique collecting, why he made the choices he made  when purchasing antique sculpture, and also research on this specific theme in antique sculpture.

 

The aquisition is made possible thanks to a generous contribution by Millesgården´s friends association. 

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Actaeon in the antiques collection at Millesgården. Photo: Yanan Li. 
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