“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.
The 400 square metre art gallery consists of three large halls, of which two are on the entrance level and one on the fourth floor. On the lower ground floor is a media room, where we show films that are in some way linked to our current exhibition or the museum. We also regularly organise screenings and other events in conjunction with our exhibitions.
On the roof, as the crowning glory, is a replica of Sven-Harry’s former home, the 18th century manor Ekholmsnäs. It is surrounded by a terrace with sculptures and a fantastic view of Vasastan.
In this unique domestic setting visitors can see one of Sweden’s largest private collections of Nordic art, with a special emphasis on works by Carl Fredrik Hill. The collection also includes works by Ernst Josephson, August Strindberg and Helene Schjerfbeck. The art is complemented by furniture by Gio Ponti and Georg Haupt, and carpets by Märta Måås-Fjetterström.
As Sven-Harry says: “It all goes together, carpets, furniture, the room and the art – it’s a totality, and that is how it should be shown.”