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Bloomsbury Spirit

Past exhibition March 23 – September 30, 2018
Bloomsbury Spirits at Artipelag
Bloomsbury Spirits at Artipelag.

During the summer and autumn of 2018 the first exhibition in Sweden is held of the radical and boundary breaking Bloomsbury Group.

The group was active in Great Britain during the beginning of the 20th century and included amongst others Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell and Roger Fry. The exhibition Bloomsbury Spirit is based on the group’s boldness, optimism and anti-authoritarian approach and inspires new ways of thinking. To showcase their inclusive modernism, the creative range of painting, photography, interior design, textiles, patterns, literature, furniture design, books, graphics, dance, garden art and fashion is represented.

The group consisted of a loose collection of authors, artists, politicians, economists, historians, critics and mathematicians. At first, they were just friends and students, but later on they broke through as their time’s new thinkers. The members loathed heroism and authority. For them, modernism meant that old and new could be put together in any conceivable patterns and combinations. They celebrated imagination, feeling and creation without rejecting reason.

The exhibition discusses the Bloomsbury group’s utopias, such as the overall conversation, Gesamtkunstwerk and nudity. An important venue that will be recreated is Charleston, Vanessa Bell’s summer house in Sussex, which became the hub of the entire Bloomsbury group. At Artipelag’s seaside entrance, before even entering the art gallery, visitors walk through a Charleston-inspired garden that continues in the gallery, complete with ivy, roses and boxwood.

External curator for the exhibition is the art critic and author Ingela Lind in collaboration with Artipelag’s art department. For Bloomsbury Spirit, Artipelag has loaned unique works by, among others, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry from English institutions such as the TATE, Victoria & Albert Museum, Courtauld Gallery, The Charleston Trust and the National Portrait Gallery.

Utställningen Bloomsbury Spirit
Bloomsbury Spirit.
Bloomsbury Spirit
Bloomsbury Spirit.




Adults: SEK 165
Students: SEK 130 (with valid student card)
Youth up to (and including) 18 years: Free

Starting June 1st, 2018, Artipelag will only take card payments. We will accept, as before, credit and debit cards from Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

We offer discounts to groups of more than 20 people.


Shuttle Buses

On weekends and holidays, we have shuttle buses to take you from Vasagatan in central Stockholm to Artipelag and back.

Guided Tours

Make more of your visit to Artipelag by joining a guided tour with one of our hosts.


All introductions are included in the cost of entry and pre-registration is not required. Please meet just inside the entrance to the exhibition hall.

Introduction in Swedish

Tuesday–Sunday at 11.45 am and 1 pm. The introduction will run for about 15 minutes.

Introduction in English

Tuesday–Sunday at 12.15 pm and 2.00 pm. The introduction will run for about 15 minutes.

Family Introduction in Swedish

Saturday–Sunday at 1.15 pm. A 15-minute introduction for children and adolescents. Parents are welcome to join.

Exhibition Blog & Bloomsbury workshop

Exhibition Blog: Bloomsbury Spirit

Exhibition Blog

Follow everything about the exhibition Bloomsbury Spirit on our exhibition blog. Use the hashtag #bloomsburyspirit on Twitter and on Instagram.

Bloomsburyverkstad på Artipelag.

Bloomsbury Workshop

At Artipelag’s Bloomsbury Workshop, participants can choose an object and give it new life based on the colours, shapes, and ideas that characterized the Bloomsbury Group in the early 20th century.