June, July and August have broken all previous attendance records at Carl Eldhs Studio Museum and is the historically most well-attended summer since the museum opened in 1963. Compared to the same period last year (2022), visitor numbers have increased by as much as 54% (compared to a national increase of 8% according to a new report from Sveriges museer). The monthly records have replaced each other, and already in September, Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum’s visitor numbers had exceeded the previous year’s best from 2017.
– It has been a fantastic summer at Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum, this oasis in the city of Stockholm, and we are happy that so many new visitors have found their way to us. With an exciting program, a critically acclaimed summer exhibition and recurring family days and sculpture walks, we have succeeded in making the studio visible to a wider, both Swedish and international audience. The summer’s success is also proof that the audience is there and that art’s ability to bring together, create dialogue, touch and illuminate, both our history and our times, is still strong, says Sara Bourke, museum director at Carl Eldhs Studio Museum.
Carl Eldh (1873–1954) was during the early 20th century one of Sweden’s most prominent sculptors. Today his former studio is a museum and a place for new artistic investigations. Among nearly five hundred of the artist’s casts and works, visitors can take part in newly produced exhibitions, screenings and programs. Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum is located at the top of Bellevueparken in Stockholm, which is part of the Royal National City Park, in close proximity to Hagaparken. This year the museum turns 60 and just like Stockholm’s City Hall, which this year celebrates 100 years, Carl Eldh’s studio was designed by the architect Ragnar Östberg.