The Thiel Gallery
Nordic fin de siècle
Out at Blockhusudden on Djurgården in Stockholm lies the Thiel Gallery, with its unique collection of Nordic fin de siècle art. Banker and patron of the arts Ernest Thiel had the white building erected on the highest point of Blockhusudden as a home and a gallery for his major art collection. The house was built in 1904–1907 to a design by architect Ferdinand Boberg, who drew his inspiration from Italian Renaissance, Southern European and Oriental building traditions and Art Nouveau.
As you pass the staircase, look up – high on the ceiling swoop Bruno Liljefors' magnificent sea eagles in a wonderful fresco. The tower room, surely the heart of the gallery, houses Nietzsche's death mask and prints by Edvard Munch.
When, in 1924, Ernest Thiel found himself in dire financial straits, the State purchased the property in order to save the gallery and the art collections. The building has been a museum since 1926.
The banker's bathroom is now a café and in the summer you can take your refreshments outside in the gardens.
Ernest Thiel is laid to rest in the grounds of the gallery, with his ashes buried beneath Auguste Rodin's sculpture "The Shadow".
The building is part of our shared cultural heritage. The National Property Board looks after it, but it is the museum that keeps the building alive. Information on exhibitions and activities can be found on the museum's website.
Place on map
115 25 Stockholm