The artist Axel Fridell, the town of Falun’s native
son, clearly holds a dominant position in the world of
Swedish prints. In spite of the relatively short period of
time that he was active as a printmaker, i.e. the last
twenty years of his brief forty-year life, his work has
continued to serve as an inspiration for later generations
of printmakers up until today.
Axel Fridell (1894 - 1935)
THE AXEL FRIDELL SOCIETY FRIDELLSÄLLSKAPET
FOUNDED IN 2003
INGVAR JENSEN FAMILY
NILS E. JENSEN
BARBRO OSHER PRO SUECIA FOUNDATION
SVANTE SCHREITER FAMILY
GRAFIKENS HUS FOUNDATION
PETER EKMAN FAMILY
JAN HANSEN FAMILY
Ever since the inception of Grafikens Hus in Mariefred in the mid-1990s, the initiators, the artists Philip von Schantz, Nils G. Stenqvist, Björn Lindroth and others, had a vision of also founding an Axel Fridell Society in Sweden. No such society existed at the time, even though Axel Fridell is perhaps the most outstanding printmaker in Swedish art history. When Grafikens Hus was inaugurated in 1996, this vision was formalized by simply naming one of the rooms the Fridell Room, Fridellrummet. Over the years a significant number of Axel Fridell’s works, both paintings and prints, gradually were put on permanent exhibition in the room. However the realization of an actual Axel Fridell Society would not come about until later.
|Thus on May 11, 2004 the first
official General Meeting of the Axel Fridell Society was held
at Grafikens Hus. It was then that the first election of the
board of directors took place and the generous founders were
The aforementioned institutions have continued to serve on the board together with a representative of the Fridell-Westerlund Family.
In 2012 it was decided that in addition to our "Founders" it would also be provided an opportunity to admit 12 "Trustees". Of these twelve seats. still nine are available.
THE AXEL FRIDELL SOCIETY
The first three generous trustees are:
Welcome! Here you can read about Axel Fridell and his world, about fine art printmaking in general, about exhibitions and seminars, and you can register as a member of the Fridell Society as well!
BYLAWS OF THE FRIDELL SOCIETY
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FRIDELL SOCIETYJordi Arkö, Föreningen för Grafisk Konst
Ann Olander, Dalarna Museum
Rune Bondjers, Cutural worker
Katarina Fridell/Johan Homann, the Fridell Family
Annika Gunnarsson, Moderna Museet, Secretary
Karl Haskel, Cultural Journalist
Lars Nyberg, Grafikverkstaden Godsmagasinet, Uttersberg
Kaija Ricknäs, Treasurer
Mikael Kihlman, the Swedish Printmakers' Association (Grafiska Sällskapet), Chairman
Nina Beckmann, Grafikens Hus
|English translation: ©Rachelle Puryear|