Lilla Spöket Laban and Bror Hjort in Uppsala

Just north of Stockholm, lies the city of Uppsala. A vibrant university town with plenty to see. For those interested in illustration, this spring is an especially good time to visit, since the Bror Hjorth Museum just opened an exhibition of the work of Swedish illustrator Lasse Sandberg, who passed away in 2008.

The exhibition displays illustrations from a selection of the close to 100 books created together with his wife Inger Sandberg. The couple debuted in the early 50-ies and from then on the couple tirelessly published children’s books characterized by the distinct and playful style of Lasse Sandberg’s illustrations. A body of work that earned them an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nomination, among several other recognitions. Generations of Swedes have grown up with characters, such as Little Spook and Little Anna.

Other illustrators, such as UK picture book creator Lauren Child have been inspired by Lasse Sandbergs unique combination of of collage, ink and watercolor. When looking at the exhibition, it is interesting to note the development of the individual characters in Lasse’s illustrations. For example, if you compare the look of Little Anna in the first books which came out in the 60ies with the last book from 2008, her face has become a lot rounder! The exhibition is open until the 6th of June. Read more about Inger and Lasse Sandberg on

After enjoying the world of the Sandbergs, do take the time to visit the rest of the Bror Hjorth Museum. The sculptor and painter Bror Hjorth (1894-1968) was a modernist with his roots in folk art. The museum is his actual home and studio where he was active the last 25 years of his life.

One Response to “Lilla Spöket Laban and Bror Hjort in Uppsala”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    Thank you for the introduction to Lasse Sandberg – I’ll have to seek out some of his work. And the museum looks beautiful too.

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