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

PEGGY BONNIER
PER-ERIK HEDBORG
INGVAR JENSEN FAMILY
NILS E. JENSEN
BENGT JULIN
TORSTEN LILJA
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.



  As it happened, the chance arose in 2003. An unexpected endowment was created as a result of a comprehensive and very favorable renegotiation of the lease Grafikens Hus had with the Swedish National Property Board (SFV). Twelve friends of printmaking, who also happened to be friends of Grafikens Hus, were invited to join together and finance this extraordinary endowment. As donors they would also become the founders of the large, well-funded Axeö Fridell Society which was to be established at Grafikens Hus. Those who had been contacted quickly replied in the affirmative, and the task of creating the Axel Fridell Society could begin.
A small percent of the founders’ initial investment was allocated for the future society. During the autumn of 2003, a small group of representatives from the Swedish Fine Art Printmaking Society (Föreningen för Grafisk Konst), the Swedish Printmakers’ Association (Grafiska Sällskapet), Grafikens Hus in Mariefred, Dalarna’s Museum in Falun and Moderna Museet in Stockholm drew up guidelines for the aims, by-laws and public activities of the Society, and they appointed an interim board.


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 honored.
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
TRUSTEES

The first three generous trustees are:
KARIN GEIJER
CHRISTINA JUTTERSTRÖM
CLAES DAHLBÄCK

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 SOCIETY

Jordi 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

Membership information:mikael@kihlman.net

English translation: ©Rachelle Puryear