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”Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene” is Artipelag’s summer exhibition 2020

On International Women’s Day, Sunday March 8th, the new exhibition Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene opens at Artipelag. Some 350 works by about fifty Swedish female artists will be presented, well-known as well as previously marginalized names, active from the previous century up to current day.

Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene
Work from ”Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene”.

The selection comprises painting, sculpture, textile, crafts, drawings and graphic prints, photography and film. The artists will be presented based on the century they primarily were productive in, and selection is based on how their art reflects the prevailing social climate at the time.

– A little while ago, I was commissioned by a Norwegian art museum to propose names of Swedish artists to a Nordic art collection. To refresh my knowledge, I turned to art history. I got reminded of how flagrant the male predominance was in most descriptions, the ratio of male and female artists respectively was 95% male and 5% female, regardless of whether the book in question was by a male or female author. It was against this background the idea to an exhibition highlighting this disproportion came about, says Bo Nilsson, Director at Artipelag.

The term Signature Women is an onset to reflect the shifting over a hundred years, when female artists have gone from being dispatched to artistic obscurity to today’s loftiness.

– Our ambition is not to conjure up an ultimate picture of art history, but we chose to present a humble historical writing, rather a topic for discussion than a definitive statement, says Nilsson.

Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene runs until Sunday September 27th. The curator team consist of Bo Nilsson, head of the Art Dep, Frida Andersson, Jessica Höglund and Iselin Page, curators, Kristina Lindemann, curator of pedagogy, chief technician Johan von Geijer and graphic designer Micaela Wernberg.

Contributions to a Library

Visitors are encouraged to give their view on the selection by donating books and art catalogues with female artists they think should have been represented in the exhibition. This library will hopefully grow during the exhibition and constitute as study material for our visitors. The collected books will then be included in Stockholm Museum of Women’s History and building up a library on women history.


In connection to the exhibition, a catalogue will be produced designed by Samuel Lind, text by Marika Bogren and Bo Nilsson as well as artist biographies by Bo Nilsson, Frida Andersson, Jessica Höglund, Kristina Lindemann and Iselin Page.


During the exhibition, seminars will be arranged. The seminars will be presented during the opening Sunday March 8th.

Press Preview

A press preview will be arranged Thursday March 5th at 11.00 followed by a light lunch. After lunch, interviews with several of the participating artists will be made possible. Limited seats, please contact

Participating Artists

Mamma Andersson, Ann-Sofie Back, Idun Baltzersen, Emma Bernhard, Helene Billgren, Monica Bratt, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, Barbro Bäckström, Nina Canell, Agnes Cleve, Siri Derkert, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg , Cecilia Edefalk, Inger Ekdahl, Marie-Louise Ekman, Estrid Ericson, Carolina Falkholt, Eddie Figge, Randi Fisher, Maud Fredin Fredholm, Leonie Geisendorf, Petra Gipp, Denise Grünstein, Annika von Hausswolff, Susanne Henriques, Hertha Hillfon, Sigrid Hjertén, Åsa Jungnelius, Eva Klasson, Hilma af Klint, Greta Knutson, Klara Kristalova, Lotte Laserstein, Maria Lindberg, Tuija Lindström, Tyra Lundgren, Rita Lundqvist, Eva Löfdahl, Maria Miesenberger, Ann-Marie Forsberg + Marianne Richter + Barbro Nilsson (Märta Måås AB), Gunvor Nelson, Vera Nilsson, Signe Persson-Melin, Siri Rathsman, Ingegerd Råman, Astrid Sampe, Lena Svedberg, Nell Walden, Jane Wåhlstedt (Laholmskeramik), Christine Ödlund and Barbro Östlihn.

Press images can be found here >>

Press Contact

Gustav Idhammar,, tel +46 (0)70–710 53 55

About Artipelag

Artipelag is a world-class meeting place where art shows, cultural activities, architecture, music, events, Swedish design, and good food are presented alongside the beautiful Stockholm Archipelago. Artipelag is located at Hålludden, on Värmdö – about 20 minutes by car from Stockholm city centre. The building is 10,220 m² and is carefully placed among pine trees and cliffs with magnificent views over Baggensfjärden. Artipelag was designed by the late architect Johan Nyrén.