Thielska Galleriet

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Wealthy banker and art collector Ernest Thiel built this palatial waterside home on the eastern tip of Djurgården in the early 1900s. The eclectically styled building, with influences from the Italian Renaissance and the Orient, was designed by Ferdinand Boberg, who built Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde at roughly the same time. Thiel lost most of his fortune after World War I, and the state acquired the property in 1924. Two years later this museum opened, displaying his collection of turn-of-the-20th-century Nordic art, including works by Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors and Edvard Munch (a close friend of Thiel). Although six works by some of these artists - valued at 24 million kronor - were stolen in the middle of the night on 20 June 2000, a crime that remains unsolved, there are still plenty of paintings to see. Thiel's bathroom has been turned into a small café serving cinnamon rolls and meat pies, and the urn containing his ashes lies beneath a statue by Auguste Rodin in the park. If you haven't seen enough Scandinavian art at the National Museet, this gallery should contain enough to satisfy you.


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Thielska Galleriet details

Address
Sjötullsbacken 6

Area Stockholm

Transport Bus 69.

Telephone 662 58 84

Thielska Galleriet website

Open noon-4pm Mon-Sat; 1-4pm Sun.

Admission 50kr; 30kr concession; free under-16s.

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