Millesgården

by Liza Laserow

2786728_570_321Carl Milles

image115Carl Milles studio

Millesgården_1986Sculpture park on the lower terrace.

lidingovyView over Värtan

photo 3The gorgeous bride Katharina

Last weekend we went to Sweden to attend a beautiful wedding at the stunning Millesgården. I have never been to Millesgården but I will make sure to go back next time Im in Stockholm. It was like entering another world. The ceremony was held in the all white painted studio of the artist Carl Milles that was filled with large caster molds used for his sculptures. Behind the bride and groom large floor to ceiling demi lune windows allowed the sun to shine through and created a magical atmosphere.

Millesgården is s a museum located on the island of Lidingö in Stockholm, Sweden. Before being a museum it was the home of the artist Carl Milles, Swedens most famous sculpture and his wife, painter Olga Milles. In 1906 the couple purchased the property to host a home for them and for their art, after returning from Paris, where they met and married 1905. The property is located high above the bay Värtan and Architect Carl M. Bengtsson drew the house that was built 2 years later 1908. With great support from Evert Milles,Carl Milles brother, who was also an architect the house grew and developed over the following 50 years.

Carl Milles suffered from Silikos after  of his years sculpturing in stone and needed a to improve his work environment. During 1911 and 1913 the first extension was made for his new studio. Thanks to the growing demand for his sculptures the couple could afford to acquire the property next door which enlarged the sculpture garden and gave room to build yet another studio for Carl Milles “Lilla Ateljen” The Little Studio.

The years between 1931 to 1950 Carl and Olga Milles lived in USA and during that time the constructions were on a hold. 1936 Millesgården turned into a foundation and was given as a gift to the people of Sweden. When returning from USA 1950 the work of the lower terrace started where free standing sculptures from Sweden and USA were placed. The lower terrace also included Milles new home but 1955 when it was close to finished Carl Milles passed away.

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