Agnes Cleve – Breaking the Mould

The Swedish-born artist Agnes Cleve (1876-1951) is unknown to many danes, but she was one of the great pioneers in art Modernism in Sweden and an acknowledged figure linked to the European art scene via her many international contacts. In Paris she met the couple Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter – founders and members of the art group “Der blaue Reiter”. Cleve and Münter kept and inspiring, personal and artistic friendship to each other through life.


Agnes Cleve´s achievements were influenced by the new ideals and spirits of Modernism that bloomed through Europe in 1910s and 1920s. At the progressive art school, Académie de La Palette in Paris she studied Cubism back in 1914. She recreated the French expressions and together with German Expressionism she explored a personale style and put it into pratice to her own art.

Together with her second husband John Jon-And (1889-1941) who worked as a graphic artist she traveled to England, Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, North Africa and New York to visit art galleries, museums and friends and especially to get inspiration and new ideas for further motifs.

More than 80 works by Agnes Cleve are on display in the exhibition,including oil paintings, water colors and lino-cuts, and the exhibition provides a wide insight into her life and artistic universe.


The exhibition is produced in cooperation with Mjellby Konstmusuem in Halmstad, Sweden.