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Carl Larsson - Friends & Enemies opens 13 June

Press Release   •   Jun 03, 2013 11:03 GMT

On 13 June the exhibition Carl Larsson - Friends & Enemies opens in Nationalmuseum’s temporary venue at Konstakademien, the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. Focusing on Carl Larsson’s networks and relationships, the exhibition reflects the Swedish art world in the period from 1870 to 1920. The exhibition will be open daily, including Mondays, and will stay open until 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This exhibition will present the Swedish art world between 1870 and 1920 through the story of Carl Larsson, his associates and his relationships - from bohemian life in Stockholm, Paris and Grez-sur-Loing to Larsson’s increasing politicization against the backdrop of the First World War. The focus is mainly on fellow artists, teachers, collectors, critics and writers, but also on Larsson’s own circle of family and friends, where he found the motifs for many of his most famous works. The exhibition will occupy three galleries in Nationalmuseum’s temporary venue at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. It will comprise about 120 artworks, including almost 100 by Carl Larsson. The other artists represented include Julia Beck, Hugo Birger, Oscar Björck, Eva Bonnier, Per Hasselberg, Ernst Josephson, Karl Nordström, Hanna Pauli, Georg Pauli and Anders Zorn.

The exhibition runs from 13 June to 3 November 2013.

To accompany the exhibition, a lavishly illustrated catalogue will be published in English, Swedish and German with commentaries by Larsson experts such as Görel Cavalli-Björkman, Per I. Gedin and Torsten Gunnarsson, and by Martin Olin, the exhibition curator.

Coinciding with the exhibition, a book for children and adults of all ages, entitled My First Carl Larsson Book (Ages 0–113), will be published in Swedish by Langenskiöld in association with Nationalmuseum. The book will include pictures of works in the museum’s collection.

Exhibition visitors can download a free app for iPhone and Android, featuring a selection of works from the exhibition through images, text and audio.

Guided tours and lectures
The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 6pm, and until 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

From 17 June to 31 August, guided tours will run at 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Swedish, and at 2pm on Wednesdays and Fridays in English. On Tuesday 18 June at 6pm there will be a guided tour in sign language.

Further guided tours will be scheduled for the autumn, along with children’s workshops, life drawing classes and a lecture series. Details to follow.

Press preview
Martin Olin, exhibition curator, will present the exhibition to the press on Wednesday 12 June from 10am to noon. Assemble at 9:30 for coffee at Atelier Food, where Berndt Arell, director general of Nationalmuseum, will give a presentation on the museum’s temporary home. Enter from Fredsgatan 12 or Jakobsgatan 27 C (elevator access). RSVP to press officer if you wish to attend.

Special thanks to the Ad Infinitum Foundation for its generous support of the exhibition.

Further information
Martin Olin, exhibition curator,, +46 8 5195 4355
Hanna Tottmar, press officer,, +46 8 5195 4390

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Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s premier museum of art and design. The collections comprise older paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphic art, and applied art and design up to the present day. The museum building is currently under renovation and scheduled to open again in 2017. In the meantime, the museum will continue its activities through collaborations, touring exhibitions and a temporary venue at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm. Nationalmuseum collaborates with Svenska Dagbladet, Fältman & Malmén and Grand Hôtel Stockholm. For more information visit