For All Future Time

May 17  -  September 9  2018

Wilhelmina von Hallwyl´s vision was to have her home  preserved ”for all future time”. In conjunction with the 80th anniversary of The Hallwyl Museum we present an exhibition focusing on the cultural patronage of Wilhelmina, and on how the private home came to be a museum.

The Hallwyl Museum, the life´s work of Wilhelmina, offers an insight into the lives of a wealthy family and their servants around the turn of the last century. Wilhelmina´s ambition was to collect and preserve her own era as well as the material culture of earlier periods, and to document everything thoroughly.

The exhibition contains several costumes and objects that are normally not shown to visitors. For example, Wilhelmina´s very first object in her collection - a sea shell given her as a child by her father - is included.

The exhibition highlights the meticulous process of cataloguing the collections – a unique aspect of The Hallwyl Museum. This work was launched and supervised by Wilhelmina. Learn about how the museum was created, and how Wilhelmina´s collection was built up. A newly produced film also presents Wilhelmina´s less known achievements as a patron of the arts outside The Hallwyl Museum.

Wilhelmina von Hallwyl lived in an age when the influence of women and their possibilities to act were very limited, so she had to find ways to carry through her vision and will. She was, for example, dependent upon the support of her husband. In 1920 they wrote a joint deed of gift wherein they bequeathed their Stockholm home with its contents to the nation:

”The purpose of the gift is, that the real estate with the personal estate therein contained, shall, for all future time, constitute a museum, accessible to students and other persons interested in the domains of art and applied art.”

Walther von Hallwyl died in 1921, and Wilhelmina lived until 1930. On the 16th of May 1938 the doors of The hallwyl Museum were opened to the public for the first time.