Åbergs Museum: Art and play for 20 years
By Amanda Düring | Photos: Åbergs Museum
In a converted barn in Bålsta, 40 minutes outside Stockholm, you’ll find a fantastic collection of original comics and cartoon-inspired art. Boasting pieces by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, the museum is truly one of a kind.
This special museum, founded by Lasse Åberg, the iconic Swedish cultural personality, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style. “We’ve been going for 20 years now,” says Carina Åberg, CEO of the museum, “and we’re delighted to be able to showcase all these unique collections. We’re all very passionate about this museum, which is constantly evolving.”
One of the collections taking pride of place is one of the biggest and best collections of antique Disney memorabilia in the world, as well as objects related to the world’s first cartoon character, The Yellow Kid, who first appeared in 1895.
For younger visitors, there’s an opportunity to play in Trazankojan – the Tarzan hut – over three floors with slides, playhouses and regular screenings of the Swedish children’s film Trazan och Banarne. During the spring and summer this year, the museum is building a fantastic playground, based on Lasse Åberg’s well-known character Trazan Apansson, due to open in September.
In addition to the permanent collections, the museum also hosts regular temporary exhibitions. Currently, the gallery corridor is hosting art by cartoonist Maria Frölich, and from the end of March you’ll be able to see pieces by iconic Swedish children’s book author Sven Nordqvist. No matter what time of year you visit, you can always be sure you’ll find a carefully curated collection of one-of-a-kind exhibitions.
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