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Edward Burne-Jones – The Pre-Raphaelites and the North on show in Stockholm

On 14 September 2019, the ground-breaking exhibition Edward Burne-Jones – The Pre-Raphaelites and the North opens at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde in Stockholm. This is the first monographic exhibition ever to highlight the internationally famous Pre-Raphaelite artist in Scandinavia, and a unique opportunity for the Swedish and Scandinavian public to discover Edward Burne-Jones. The presentation includes more than 50 works by Burne-Jones, borrowed from Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, Musée d’Orsay, Manchester Art Gallery and numerous other museums and private collections in the UK and other European countries. A Nordic section complements the exhibition, with an interesting perspective on how Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelite art and the Arts and Crafts movement influenced Scandinavian art and design.

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898) was a key figure in British art in the second half of the 19th century, and a pioneer of European Symbolism. He was also a prominent member of the Arts and Crafts movement, together with William Morris, paving the way for modern design. The Arts and Crafts movement promoted crafts and arose in reaction to the industrial revolution. Burne-Jones and other Pre-Raphaelites found inspiration in Mediaeval art, the early Renaissance, religion, Greco-Roman myths, sagas and legends. The symbol-laden and enigmatic works of Burne-Jones deal with existential themes such as love, deceit, death and sexuality. His many-sided practice includes works in a wide variety of genres and techniques, from paintings, drawings, prints and textiles, to glass mosaics and glazed pottery. Burne-Jones’ expansive body of work is presented in the exhibition through drawings, paintings, glazed ceramics and textiles.

In autumn 2018 and spring 2019, Tate Britain featured a comprehensive exhibition of more than 150 works by the late-Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones. Several of the most appreciated works from the Tate exhibition, complemented by other borrowed paintings and drawings, will be on view at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde in the autumn of 2019, before touring to KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes in Bergen in spring 2020. Edward Burne-Jones – The Pre-Raphaelites and the North also explores the artist’s influence on Scandinavian art and design, illustrated by several works by Nordic artists who refer aesthetically or in their choice of subject matter to Burne-Jones’ oeuvre, to the Pre-Raphaelite art and to the Arts and Crafts movement. Prince Eugen, the founder of Waldemarsudde, met Burne-Jones in London in the spring of 1896. The following year, Burne-Jones showed The Fall of Lucifer at the General Art and Industrial Exhibition in Stockholm, where Prince Eugen was chairman of the art section. This was the first time Burne-Jones’ works were shown in Scandinavia, and his paintings at the Stockholm Exhibition attracted massive attention. This provides an intriguing backdrop to the exhibition at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde, which also highlights Eugen’s contacts with the British art scene.

This is the first comprehensive presentation in Scandinavia of Burne-Jones, whose works have a renewed significance today. Burne-Jones and other Pre-Raphaelite artists contributed to the creation of a mythological universe that we can now experience in contemporary films based on fantasy literature such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Many of Burne-Jones’ works feature gender-ambivalent or androgynous characters. This theme is just as relevant today and coincides with the queer ideals and discussions about a third gender in our age. We feel it is high time that Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites are presented in Scandinavia!

“It is with great pleasure that Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde has this opportunity to collaborate with Tate Britain, the Nordic Institute of Art, and KODE in Bergen on an exhibition of the prominent artist Edward Burne-Jones. This exhibition gives visitors a unique opportunity to acquaint themselves more closely not only with Edward Burne-Jones’ fascinating paintings, drawings and textiles, but also to reflect on his artistic significance and influence then and now on the Swedish and Nordic art scenes. In autumn 2019, we welcome Edward Burne-Jones’ works to Waldemarsudde, for a deeply impressive and striking exhibition that was created in association with some of the foremost experts on his oeuvre and Pre-Raphaelite art,” says Karin Sidén, director of Waldemarsudde.

The exhibition Edward Burne-Jones – The Pre-Raphaelites and the North is curated by Alison Smith, PhD (National Portrait Gallery), and Knut Ljøgodt, PhD (Nordic Institute of Art), together with Karin Sidén, Associate Professor (Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde), and Line Daatland, BA (KODE).

The newly-produced exhibition Edward Burne-Jones – the Pre-Raphaelites and the North is complemented by a richly-illustrated catalogue with recent essays. During the exhibition, the Museum will be open until 8 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Organised by Tate Britain, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, KODE Kunstmuseer og komponisthjem and Nordic Institute of Art.

The programme in conjunction with the exhibition:

Wednesday, 18 September, 6 pm18.00
Edward Burne-Jones – The Pre-Raphaelites and Scandinavia (in Swedish)
Karin Sidén, director of Waldemarsudde, talks on Burne-Jones’ exciting oeuvre and reflects on his seminal influence on Scandinavian art.

Wednesday, 25 September, 6.30 pm
Music at Waldemarsudde
The musicians:Per Öman (violin), Josef Alin (cello), Vidar Andersson-Meilink (viola), Anders Lagerqvist (violin), Matilda Lindholm (piano), James Opie (viola), Henrik Blixt (bassoon)
Recital:Lil Terselius (in Swedish)
Music byEdward Elgar, Ethel Smyth, Henry Litolff and William Sterndale Bennett
Texts byEdgar Allan Poe and Christina Rossetti

Thursday, 26 September, 6 pm
The Prince in English gardens (in Swedish)
Join the gardener Marina Rydberg for a walk through the park, focusing on how Prince Eugen was inspired by English gardens.The tour ends in our geranium exhibition in the Orangery.

Sundays, 29 September – 20 October, 1-3 pm
Family Sundays:Dreams, legends and stories (in Swedish)
Join us on a magical tour of the exhibition Edward Burne-Jones – The Pre-Raphaelites and Scandinavia.Learn about ancient myths and legends and discover the fairy tale creatures in the paintings.Then paint your own dream world in the studio with flowing colours on large sheets of paper.Recommended for kids aged 5-10.SEK 50 for kids.Adults pay the museum admission.

Wednesday, 10 October, 6 pm
In the footsteps of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement (in Swedish)
Cilla Robach, chief curator at the Nationalmuseum, lectures on crafts and design, focusing on the Arts & Crafts movement and its influence on contemporary design.

Wednesday, 16 October, 6 pm
Edward Burne-Jones – a Pre-Raphaelite, aesthete and Symbolist
Dr Alison Smith, chief curator at the National Portrait Gallery and former lead curator at Tate Britain, lectures on the prominent British artist Edward Burne-Jones, a pioneer of European Symbolism.The lecture is in English,with an introduction in Swedish by Karin Sidén, director of Waldemarsudde.

Thursday, 17 October, 6 pm
Symbols and symbolism in art (in Swedish)
Elisabet Hedstrand, curator and museum educator, takes us on a special tour of Edward Burne-Jones – The Pre-Raphaelites and Scandinavia, exploring the narrative details and symbolic language in the art.

Tuesday-Friday, 29 October – 1 November, 1.00 – 3.30 pm
Autumn break:Fantasy drawing
Magic, dragons, monsters and heroes! This autumn break, you can join us for a drawing workshop (in Swedish) led by skilled fantasy illustrators. Find inspiration in the myths, legends and dream worlds in Edward Burne-JonesThe Pre-Raphaelites and Scandinavia. Guided tours at1 pm, and drawing workshops at 2.00-3.30 pm. Recommended for kids aged 9 and older. SEK 100. Adults pay the museum admission.

Thursday, 14 November, 6 pm
Prince Eugen and England (in Swedish)
Prince Eugen went to the UK for the first time in 1896,and was impressed by the country and its inhabitants. He returned many times, both in private and on state visits.Anna Meister, archivist at Waldemarsudde, has studied pictures and correspondence in the archives at Waldemarsudde and tells us more about these trips.

Wednesday, 20 November, 6.30 pm
Autumn concert
The musicians: Nicolas Dautricourt (violin), Zlata Chochieva (piano) and Per Nyström (cello)
Music by: Dmitri Shostakovich and Antonín Dvořák
Introduction: Jonas Lundblad, music historian (in Swedish)

Wednesday, 18 December, 6.30 pm
Winter concert
The musicians: Lihay Bendayan (violin), John Nalan (piano), Kim Hellgren (viola) and Anders Lagerqvist (violin) Singer: Paulina Pfeiffer (soprano)
Recital: Marie Göranzon (in Swedish)
Music by: Gustav Holst, Augusta Holmès, Charles Villiers Stanford, Edward Elgar, David Matthews and Arthur Somervell
Texts by: Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde

The exhibition is at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde from 14 September, 2019 until 26 January, 2020, before moving on to KODE in Bergen, where it will be shown on 15 February until 31 May, 2020.

For more information please contact Josefin Sahlin, Communicator, e-mail: j.sahlin@waldemarsudde.se or mobile: 0709-754 712

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Waldemarsudde, formerly the residence of Prince Eugen (1865-1947), is today one of the most popular art museums in Sweden, with varied and extensive exhibitions and events to match. Prince Eugen was among the finest landscape painters of his generation and an art collector of note, with special emphasis on Nordic and French art. The Collections number around 7,000 works and comprise painting, sculpture and crafts objects. The Painting Collection includes works by Ernst Josephson, Anders Zorn, Isaac Grünewald, Sigrid Hjertén, Vera Nilssonand Sven X:et Erixson. International artists such as Edvard Munch and Auguste Rodin are also represented. Throughout the year, a selection of Prince Eugen’s own art, works from the Collections and temporary exhibitions, are displayed. The Prince’s Private Apartments and Park are always open to visitors.

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