Nationalmuseum’s summer exhibition 2021 at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred presents 23 Swedish migrants from the mid 17th century up until contemporary times. Something that they all have in common is that they have all played a crucial role in Swedish history and have actively contributed to the development of our society.
The exhibition features people with diverse life destinies and a great deal of social width and cultural diversity. These migrants reflect Swedish history from the era of great power until our democratic society of the 20th century. The time span fits three Swedish queens as well as a royal attendant. The majority of those featured are cultural personalities – opera singers, song writers and artists. A few names are surprising, as they are now regarded a natural part of Sweden.
The exhibition ends with a more serious note, something that reflects the horrors of the 20th century – two powerful portraits of holocaust survivors.
Self portrait, David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl (1629-1698), artist. born i Germany, active in Sweden. Artist: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl.
Lovisa Ulrika (1720-1782), Queen of Sweden. Artist: Lorens Pasch the younger.
Maria Ricci, married Plagemann, born in Italy, active in Sweden. Artist: Emma Ekwall.
John Panzio Tockson (ca. 1838-1886), King Karl XV's footman. Probably born in Africa, possibly in Madagascar. Artis: Fritz von Dardel
Louise (1889 -1965), lady Louise Mountbatten, Queen of Sweden. Born in Germany, raised in Great Britain. Photographer: © Lennart Nilsson
Cornelis Wreeswijk (1937-1987), troubadour, singer. Born in the Netherlands, active in Swden. Photographer: © Hans Gedda
Emerich Roth (born 1924), author, lecturer, social worker, survivor of Holocaust, born in Czechoslovakia, active in Sweden, married to Kerstin Margaretha Roth. Photographer: © Sanna Sjöswärd
The Swedish National Portrait Gallery
The Swedish National Portrait Gallery at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred is the world’s oldest national portrait gallery. It was founded in 1822 and is managed by Nationalmuseum. The summer exhibitions, produced each year by Nationalmuseum for Gripsholm Castle, are wholly or partly based on this collection.
Nationalmuseum is responsible for collections of fine art and applied art at various castles, palaces, manor houses and museums around Sweden. Gripsholm Castele is one of them.
You will find information about the exhibition and the Gripsholm Castle visitor information such as opening hours, tickets et ceteraon the castle's web site.