Posts Tagged ‘Millesgården’

Ingrid Vang Nyman on Millesgården

September 12, 2011

The Danish artist and children’s book illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916-1959) is mostly known for her Pippi Longstocking illustrations. Ingrid Vang Nyman’s pictures of Pippi Longstocking have become classics and have been enjoyed in many countries. Her illustrations are also considered to be the beginning of modernism in the field of children’s book illustrations in Sweden.

– Every author who has been fortunate enough to find a congenial illustrator for their books, would be eternally grateful to that artist, Astrid Lindgren once said.

But inspite of Vang Nyman’s world famous illustrations, she´s fairly unknown as an artist. In late January next year, Swedish art museum Millesgården presents an exhibition about Ingrid Vang Nyman as an artist and children’s book illustrator.  The exhibition addresses both children and adults, and features some 50 original illustrations, and a larger playground where both children and adults can play.

Ingrid Vang Nyman’s Pippi Longstocking is also present in our logo, between Björn Berg’s Emil in Lönneberga and Ilon Wikland’s Karlsson-on-the-roof.

Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit and his friends

January 24, 2011

For the first time in Sweden, the work of Beatrix Potter will be shown in Sweden. On the 29th of January, the exhibition Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit and his friends will open at Millesgården in Stockholm.

The exhibition will show original illustrations from The Tale of Peter Rabbit as well as from other books. There will also be playful rooms where children can experience the wonderful worlds of Potter.

The English author, illustrator, mycologist(!) and picture book artist Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) early developed a fascination for fauna and flora. On childhood holidays, she began to sketch and use water colors. Her first book was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which she self-published in 1901. Soon it was picked up by a publisher and it became a huge success. In 1906 she published The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher about the frog Jeremy Fisher who lives in a “slippy-sloppy” house at the edge of a pond.

Lovers of Kitty Crowther’s books may have noticed that her book Scritch scratch dip clapote! is dedicated to two important men in her life: Mr. Jeremy Fisher and her dad. A tribute to the importance of Beatrix Potter’s work.

With the proceeds from her books, Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, which is open to visit. The exhibition at Millesgården is open until 15th of May.