September 8, 2016

Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården

Ok, this report is coming when there are only a few weeks left of the exhibition. Sorry! But I did mention it at the beginning of the summer in my list of summer art exhibitions. At any rate, I am glad that I finally made it out as I really wanted to see Josef Frank: Patterns - Furniture - Painting. The exhibition is running through October 2nd. Even if you visit Stockholm after that, a visit to Millesgården and their beautiful & iconic statuary garden is always recommended!
Josef Frank was an Austrian born architect/artist/designer who emigrated to Sweden in the 1930's to escape the growing anti Jewish sentiment in his country. In Sweden he is most well known for his textiles, design, wallpaper and furniture... especially his successful collaboration with the famous design store Svenskt Tenn (a must visit in itself for anyone with design interests coming to Stockholm) where you can still see and purchase his textiles and furniture. Location of Svenskt Tenn.
The exhibition was great... especially for an admirer of Frank's designs as I am. It was nice to see all of his textiles displayed so beautifully. It was also interesting to see his paintings which I had never seen before. The museum did a good job of charting his career and life.
As I mentioned, Millesgården is well worth a visit whatever is being exhibited in their museum. Millesgården was the home and workplace of world famous Swedish sculptor Carl Milles and his wife Olga (and artist in her own right). Many of his sculptures and statues can be seen around Stockholm as well as in many parts of the world, including the USA. At Millesgården you can visit Milles' home, studio as well as the beautiful garden filled with his statues.
Millesgården is located just outside of central Stockholm on the island of Lidingö. To get there from the Rival Hotel, take the subway (red line) to Ropsten. From there you switch to a tram (Lidingöbanan) and take it one station to Torsvik. From Torsvik it is a ten minute walk to Millesgården. Just follow the signs... but beware it is an uphill walk. There are other options with a bus from Ropsten that takes you closer to the museum. Click here for more information.

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