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Olle Olsson Hagalund @Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum

  • Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum 10 Eastmansvägen Stockholm, Stockholms län, 113 61 Sweden (map)

The first session of 2016 and we're back in the home of an old friend - Sven-Harry to be exact. We have been invited to explore some of the previously un-shown work, in their exhibition with Stockholm artist Olle Olsson-Hagalund. As per usual - be on time in order to grab breakfast. Looking forward to see you there! Sign up below. (PS. this session will be held in Swedish)

  Olle Olsson Hagalund, "Woman with a red rose", 1940s. Oil on canvas. Photo Björn Petrén (the image is cropped). © Olle Olsson Hagalund /BUS 2015

Olle Olsson Hagalund, "Woman with a red rose", 1940s. Oil on canvas. Photo Björn Petrén (the image is cropped). © Olle Olsson Hagalund /BUS 2015

About the Exhibition - A colorful romantic

Sven-Harry’s Art Museum invites the public to enjoy works of art from private collections that have rarely been shown. Several are, of course, scenes from Hagalund in Solna, Olle Olsson’s beloved neighbourhood that was practically razed in the 1960s, when the politicians wanted to tear down the old to make way for new, “functional” high-rise apartment blocks. But Hagalund was not the only thing to capture his eye; he loved wandering around Stockholm and its surroundings and found motifs at both Odenplan and out on Djurgården, to name but a few places. His family had a summerhouse on Gullholmen off the west coast, where he filled his salt-stained canvases with wizened fishermen and bathing beauties in the coves. Olle Olsson loved being on the west coast among the people there, whom he found to be similar to his neighbours in Hagalund. He came to the same conclusion when travelling the world: people and places were like Hagalund, whether he was in Paris with his wife Maja in the 1930s, or on his annual spring visits to Helsingør to see the budding beech forests. Read more here.

About Olle Olsson Hagalund

Olle Olsson-Hagalund was born 1904 in Hagalund, Solna in the northern part of Stockholm. His colourful style had Hagalund, Stockholm and it's buildings and people in focus - he loved meeting places where the joys of everyday life were shared by young and old. Olle Olsson Hagalund could be called an expressive naivïst, but the word “unique” would also suffice. Few artists in Sweden have been so loved by so many!


  Sven-Harrys Art Museum seen from Eastmansvägen. Photo: Per Myrehed. 

Sven-Harrys Art Museum seen from Eastmansvägen. Photo: Per Myrehed. 

“What do you do with an art collection when it is complete? If you donate it to a museum it ends up in their basement. No, I want everyone to be able to enjoy my art the way I do.” Sven-Harry Karlsson. 

This was the idea that finally led to the founding of the museum, which opened on 27 March, 2011. Sven-Harry’s art museum is a spectacular building with a gleaming brass facade, in the middle of Stockholm, just by Vasaparken.

Sven-Harry’s art museum, a wonderfully golden building designed by Gert Wingårdh and Anna Höglund, unites a variety of activities: in addition to the art gallery and Sven-Harry’s “home”, it also houses a restaurant, apartments and commercial premises. We have a broad and varied spectrum of contemporary and classical art and endeavour constantly to expand the concept of art, with exhibitions, collaborations and discussions, in an active, living house and home.

Sven-Harry’s art museum is owned and run by a foundation with the mission to promote activities in the field of art history, architecture and construction.



To be able to attend the session you need to sign up for the guest list. Please do only sign up if you are definitely coming. As we have a limited number of spots we want to make sure that everyone who sign up turn up! Hope to see you there.

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