Ingmar Bergman together with scenographer Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss and author Peter Weiss at the set of Rannsakningen at Dramaten, The Royal Dramatic Theatre, in 1966. Photo: Beata Bergström 

Scenkonstmuseet celebrates Bergman Year 2018

2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Ingmar Bergman. Scenkonstmuseet celebrates ‘Bergman Year’ with a large exhibition focusing on the director’s work on stage, as well as behind the camera. The exhibition also casts light on several of those who contributed and realised his stage and film productions.

The Seventh Seal, Persona and Fanny and Alexander. For many, Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) was mainly a film director but, in fact, during his career, he made twice as many theatre presentations as his film and television productions all together – 130 in all. He also worked extensively as a theatre director, dramatist and writer, although remained very reluctant to identify as an author.

Ingmar Bergman – no genius works alone

Scenkonstmuseets exhibition opens in June and continues until mid-September. It will offer a chronological journey through different periods and themes in Bergman’s over 60 years of artistry. In this way, the visitor will gain a unique insight into Ingmar Bergman’s life and work and the context in which he operated.

“Not even a director as internationally celebrated as a genius, like Ingmar Bergman, worked alone. Based on our collections, we will highlight some of the people who were crucial to Bergman’s productions, whether realised on stage or on the big screen, such as Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss, Kerstin Hedeby, Marik Vos-Lundh, Anna Bergman, Lennart Mörk and Mago”, says Lars Annersten, who is responsible for the forthcoming exhibition.

Theatrical material from the collection

The exhibition was originally developed by Deutsche Kinemathek, in close collaboration with The Ingmar Bergman Foundation and The Swedish Film Institute, and has previously been shown in Berlin, Los Angeles and Ghent. At Scenkonstmuseet, it will be complemented with materials and items from the museum’s own collection, such as original costumes, sketches and scenography models.

The exhibition forms part of the celebrations for Bergman Year in 2018. The centenary will be widely featured by cultural institutions throughout the country, including theatrical productions at Dramaten and Uppsala City Theatre, film screenings and book releases.