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Carl Milles – Dreamer and Sculptor

Carl Milles – Dreamer and Sculptor: The Palace 10 May–22 Sept
Works by Sweden’s best internationally-known sculptor, Carl Milles will be presented in an extensive exhibition at Sofiero Palace. More than twenty artworks will be on display, showcasing a productive and exciting career. The exhibition is organised in co-operation with Millesgården in Stockholm.

Carl Milles – Dreamer and Sculptor: The Orangery 24 May–22 Sept

The beautiful sculptures by Carl Milles meet the flowering compositions of Sofiero’s garden designer Sara Bratt.

Photo: Yanan Li

CARL MILLES
VISIONARY AND SCULPTOR

Carl Milles (1875–1955), one of Sweden’s best-known sculptors, is represented in collections throughout the world. Carl Emil Andersson was born on 23 June 1875 at Örby gård in Uppland. His father, Emil, was nicknamed “Mille” and his children were often referred to as Mille’s children, which later inspired them to adopt Milles as their family name.

When Carl and his sister Ruth reached school age they were sent to Stockholm. Carl did not enjoy school. He longed to be somewhere else and eventually left after the fifth grade. His father, an officer, initially wanted Carl to follow in his footsteps, but when Carl showed no interest in a military career it was decided that he would become a furniture maker, as he had already demonstrated a talent for craft. In 1892, aged 17, Carl attended evening classes at the Technical School in Stockholm and from 1895 he became a day pupil. His sister Ruth also attended the Technical School for a period and later continued her studies at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. At the Technical School, Carl began to sculpt and later enrolled at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm where he made great progress and graduated as an ornament sculptor. In the spring of 1897, Carl received a grant of SEK 200 from the Swedish Society of Industrial Design and that same year he travelled to the capital of art, Paris, which would mark the start of his career.

Always figurative and classical, Carl Milles’ idiom was also innovative. Most of his artistic production comprises advanced and striking fountain groups. During the latter part of his career, he often placed his sculptures high up on pillars. At times so high that one could ask who the intended viewer was. Milles developed technical solutions, by combing heavy materials such as bronze and stone with light ones such as air and water, to create the impression that the sculptures floated in the air.

Displayed across five rooms of the Sofiero Palace, the exhibition comprises some twenty sculptures that recount the story of Carl Milles; the early years in Paris as an apprentice to Auguste Rodin; his success in Sweden with public commissions; the construction of Millesgården; Milles the international art deco sculptor; the artist’s time in the United States and his return to Sweden as an aged and well-established artist.

  • 10 May 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
  • 10:00-18:00
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