Saturday, 25 July 2009

Artistic Bernadottes this summer

As earlier mentioned Michael Bernadotte, son of the renowned designer Sigvard Bernadotte (by birth Prince of Sweden), is exhibiting some of his watercolours at Bosjökloster Palace in Höör this summer. In the latest issue of Queen (no 5-2009) the Count describes them as “only some travel sketches” and says his watercolours have until now been mostly used for Christmas cards, but that a friend insisted he should exhibit them. He also explains that when he trained as an architect one had to master drawing and that he took a course in Italy to be able to apply. Asked if his father has been an inspiration, he answers only “perhaps subconsciously”.
Another relative obviously acknowledges a deeper debt to Sigvard Bernadotte, namely Princess Christina’s son Oscar Magnuson. Educated as an industrial designer in Milan and Stockholm, he released his first collection of glasses last year, in August comes his first set of furniture and shortly thereafter jewellery designed by Magnuson will go on sale. To Queen he says that it was when working as an exhibition technician on his great-uncle Sigvard Bernadotte’s grand exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in 1997 that he started to take a serious interest in design.
Prince Carl Philip too has made his debut as a designer this year and at Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde in Stockholm one may this summer see some of his botanical photos on display together with a selection of about 100 photos taken by his great-great-great-uncle Prince Eugen a century ago. The exhibition is called “Two Princes Behind the Camera” and lasts until 13 September.

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