Maria Adlercreutz. Weaving the World

Maria Adlercreutz

8 October 2016 – 3 February 2017

The exhibition is the first retrospective of the artist Maria Adlercreutz (1936–2014), an innovator of Swedish textile art during post-war times. With great dedication she captured the Zeitgeist of the early 1970s. Woven textiles about global solidarity and close studies of nature are presented along with images reflecting the history of working women.

Maria Adlercreuz has a strong personal link to Thielska Galleriet, where she grew up in the director´s flat. The artist Akke Kumlien, Adlercreutz’s father, was the director of the museum in the 1940s. Later she had her home and studio in Blockhusudden, nearby the museum. Adlercreutz combines art and design with a international perspective. Her work has great relevance for our time, where the labour of the hand is once again highly appreciated.

Image: Maria Adlercreutz, Syskonen, (The Siblings), 1974–75. Foto: Nationalmuseum

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Carl Kylberg. With colour beyond the surface

18 June – 25 September, 2016

Flowing brushwork and vibrant colours distinguish the Swedish artist Carl Kylberg’s (1878-1952) paintings of landscapes, figures and still lifes. He combined his artistic practice with a spiritual quest that imbues his oeuvre with an existential dimension. The dissolved shapes in his works were debated in both art and politics.

This exhibition shows parts of Kylberg’s entire body of work, from the early paintings and cartoons from the 1910s, the children’s books and more colourful paintings from the 1920s, to his famous classical motifs from the 1930s and 40s. Kylberg’s breakthrough to the wider public came late, but he is counted as a key figure of Swedish art since the 1930s. The exhibition highlights the artist role and puts his paintings in the context of the period before, during and after the Second World War. For more information, please click.

Curators: Viveca Lindstrand and Patrik Steorn.

The Garden Party. Contemporary Swedish Sculpture

A sculpture exhibition in Thielska Galleriet´s park.

From June 2 - September 25 2016

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Olof Sager-Nelson and his contemporaries. “Anywhere out of the world” 27 February – 5 June, 2016

The years around 1900 were a revolutionary time, with rapid industrialisation, modernisation and scientific progress. At the same time, many people sought to look towards the darker sides of life and the mystery of human existence. Olof Sager-Nelson (1868-1896) was an artist who lived in the midst of this turbulence and became known for his soulful portraits. He was born in the
Swedish province Värmland and studied art in city of Gothenburg. Sager-Nelson was drawn to the art scene in Europe, where he painted his most important works. Never returning to Sweden, he died at the mere age of 27, in the oasis of Biskra, Algeria, where he was trying to cure his tuberculosis.This exhibition, which features nearly twenty paintings by Olof Sager-Nelson, seeks to show his works in a larger perspective. His paintings will be shown
together with a rich selection of mainly Nordic artists from the same circles, along with others who worked in the same tradition. For the first time, Sager-
Nelson is presented as part of an international movement, rather than as a Swedish oddity. Ernest Thiel appreciated Sager-Nelson and bought four of his works after the artist’s death, for the collection here at the Thiel Gallery.
The title of the exhibition, "Anywhere out of the world”, is from the French poet Charles Baudelaire, and alludes to the restlessness of the soul and the desire to exceed the limitations of reality. The longing for alternatives to the current state in society is something we see in our own time. Sager-Nelson’s oeuvre is characterised by a profound interest in humanity and reminds us that our encounter with others is an opportunity to expand our own horizons.

The exhibition is produced by Göteborgs konstmuseum.