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13.05.2020

Millesgarden

Millesgården is an art museum and sculpture garden, located on the island of Lidingö in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located on the grounds of the former home of sculptor Carl Milles (1875–1955) and his wife, artist Olga Milles (1874-1967). Millesgården consists of three main parts: the artist former home, an art gallery, and a sculpture park.

History

In 1906, the artist couple Carl and Olga Milles bought a plot on Lidingö. The house was designed by architect Karl M. Bengtson (1878-1935) and inaugurated in 1908. Later renovations and extensions were done in collaboration with Milles's brother architect Evert Milles (1885-1960). They planned to build a home associated with art. At Millesgården the works are mainly by Carl Milles. At the entrance of the middle terrace is a sculpture garden and another sculpture workshop, Lilla Ateljén. This was the primary residence of Carl and Olga Milles until 1931. In 1936, Millesgården was transformed into a foundation which was handed over as a gift to the Swedish people.

The Woodland chapel was added in the late 1940s and is the site of burial for Carl and Olga Milles. In the early 1950s, Anne's House build after drawings by Evert Milles. The house was planned for Milles's secretary, Anne Hedmark (1899-1993), who in 1950 took up the post of Millesgarden's hostess and curator. She lived there until 1986.

The newest building on Millesgården is Millesgården Art Hall, which is located along one side of the lower terrace. The Millesgården Art Hall was designed by architect Johan Celsing and was inaugurated in October 1999.

Millesgården in popular culture

Millesgården is the setting of the opening scene of Poul Anderson's acclaimed science fiction novel Tau Zero, and several of the sculpture garden's works are described.

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