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Major loan of Pehr Hilleström works to Helsinki exhibition

Press Release   •   Sep 01, 2014 07:15 GMT

Nationalmuseum has made a major loan of works to the Pehr Hilleström exhibition at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Helsinki. The loan comprises some 20 works by this artist best known for his documentary paintings of 18th-century Stockholm. The exhibition opens on 4 September and runs until 11 January.

This is the first time that a Finnish gallery has mounted a comprehensive exhibition of works by the Swedish artist Pehr Hilleström (1732–1816). Nationalmuseum in Stockholm has contributed some 20 paintings by Hilleström, one of Sweden’s most highly regarded artists of the 18th century. The works on loan include Testing Eggs, Kitchen Scene, Card Game at the Home of Elis Schröderheim, Public Banquet at Stockholm Castle New Year's Eve 1779, plus two self-portraits and an enigmatic portrait of Carl Michael Bellman.In all, 50 of Hilleström’s best-known paintings are on display. The exhibition was planned by Nationalmuseum’s Mikael Ahlund, who also wrote the commentary for the accompanying book.

Pehr Hilleström portrayed the entire spectrum of life in the Gustavian era, from idle young ladies in elegant drawing rooms to industrious working-class wives going about their domestic chores. He is famous for his almost documentary depictions of city fires and official ceremonies in 18th-century Stockholm. His wide range of motifs includes industry, landscapes and scenes from the theatre. In his later years, he also turned to historical and religious motifs.

Pehr Hilleström – The 18th Century Observed runs at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, from 4 September 2014 to 11 January 2015. 

Further information
Reetta Kuojärvi-Närhi, curator Sinebrychoff Art Museum,,
+358 294 500 470 
Eija Pekkanen, marketing coordinator, Sinebrychoff Art Museum,,
+358 294 500 462
Hanna Tottmar, press officer, Nationalmuseum,,
+46 767 234632

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Pehr Hilleström the elder: Self-Portrait, 1771. Photo: Erik Cornelius/Nationalmuseum

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