Exhibitions 2018

"Furniture at Gronsoo" - Themeexhibition 2018. may-oct.

A selection from the fine art furniture collection at Grönsöö manor is exhibited in the wagon stable. E.g. a parade with around 30 chairs showing the development of fashion trough three centuries.

If you want to learn about Swedish heritage it is suitable to study the art of furniture. The furniture tells us how different art- and fashion styles came to our country and how they were adapted to fit Swedish circumstances. Maybe it depen-ded on the Swedish character but the design and ornamentation was also adapted to the materials available to the craftsmen and their skills. A furniture’s style or in a modern word its design, usually gives a direction on when it was made and maybe also the nameof the craftsman. When studying the furniture on a manor house like Grönsöö, you learn not only about the objects, their styles, the masters, materials and techniques. In their context the furniture also tells the history of the estate and its owners. The furniture has been inherited trough generations, who have kept them, modernized them to fit and embellish the rooms according to the prevailing fashion. How the furniture was used also gives us an insight in the country house life in another time period than ours.


"Garden of Life" an exhibition by architect Stuart Wrede

A selection of the artworks by Stuart Wrede is shown in this years art exhibiton at Gronsoo

Stuart Wrede (1948-), architect and environmental artist, studied and spent much of his professional life in the United States. He is a graduate of Yale College and holds a masters degree from the Yale School of Architecture.

In 1969, while a student at The Architecture School, Wrede founded "The Colossal Keepsake Corp." together with Claes Oldenburg and a few fellow students. The nonprofit corporation, of which Wrede was president, commissioned, built and donated Claes Oldenburg's Lipstick Ascending on Caterpillar Tracks monument as a surprise gift to Yale University. A protest against the Vietnam war and a conservative society and campus, the Lipstick was Oldenburg's first built monument. The combination of art work and "political-cultural happening" received considerable world wide attention at the time.

While working in Finland in the early 1970s Wrede became a member of the Finnish artist group Elonkorjaajat. Inspired by Oldenburg his early work were proposals for Ecological Protest Monuments. In Finland Wrede also became fascinated with ice and its properties. Unlike traditional ice sculptors, Wrede's ice projects were more conceptual and minimalist. Melting and freezing were part of the process and the site specific nature of a frozen bay, a datum plane to compose against. Wrede also worked with water, grass and granite. He exhibited with the Elonkorjaajat group in Finland and the Nordic countries as well as participating in a number of group exhibitions in the United States. 

After a two year stint in Tanzania working as an architect with Finnish foreign aid, Wrede returned to the United States and began anew to practice architecture. He also taught among others at the Columbia and Yale Architecture schools. In 1978 he guest curated an exhibition on Erik Gunnar Asplund at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and also wrote a book about Asplund (MIT press 1980). In 1985 he became the curator of Architecture and later director of the Department of Architecture and Design at Moma. N:Y: He has organized numerous exhibitions, written catalogs and lectured widely. In 1989 he edited, with Howard Adams, "Denatured Visions; landscape and culture in the 20th century", the proceedings of a symposium they organized at the Museum. 

After leaving Moma in 1992 Wrede devoted himself more fully to environmental sculptures and in 2003 he returned to live in Finland. In 2010 a number of his sculptural projects, done over 35 years were brought together into a larger whole, "The Garden of Life" a symbolic garden, and a project he had already begun to think about as early as 1975 when he did the Romeo & Juliette Fountain. In 2014 the garden presented in a computer visualized film and photographs was shown at Prince Eugene's Waldemarsudde museum in Stockholm and in 2016 a retrospective exhibition of Wrede's work was shown at the Amos Anderson museum in Helsinki.