IngaBritt & Arne Lundberg Collection

“Stockholms Auktionsverk is delighted to have been commissioned to handle one of the biggest and most important sales in its 342-year history – the IngaBritt & Arne Lundberg Collection. The collection features an extraordinary bouquet of artworks by some of the most important names in twentieth-century art history, and to have a Kandinsky painting of this quality to auction is nothing short of a sensation,” says Niclas Forsman, CEO of Stockholms Auktionsverk.

Wassily Kandinsky, Kreis u. Fleck

Stockholms Auktionsverk has been awarded the honour of selling an art collection that belonged to IngaBritt and Arne Lundberg. Arne Lundberg – Managing Director of Fortia, the parent company of Pharmacia, and member of the boards of companies including Pharmacia and Skandia – and his wife IngaBritt are perhaps best known for their work through the IngaBritt & Arne Lundberg research foundation. With almost a billion kronor in equity, this foundation is devoted to promoting medical science research, primarily in the fields of cancer, kidney disease and orthopaedics.

What few people know, however, is that the Lundbergs shared a great passion for and interest in art. After a good deal of research, Stockholms Auktionsverk has determined that the Lundbergs were autodidacts in the area of art collection. The conclusion is thus that working purely on feeling, they made a series of inspired purchases from galleries and art dealers during their regular journeys through Europe. Their art collection, which features works of the finest international calibre, is thus the result of many years of careful selection. The collection features 20 significant works by artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Yves Klein, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Victor Vasarely, Raoul Dufy, František Kupka and Jean Fautrier.

The absolute highlight, however, is without doubt Kreis u. Fleck by Wassily Kandinsky, one of the greatest, most trailblazing artists of the 1900s. The work stems from 1929 during the artist’s significant period as a leading member of the Bauhaus School in Weimar and Dessau (1922–1933). Kandinsky, who is considered to be one of the finest proponents of the abstract movement, developed the abstract approach in works including the book of art theory entitled Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the spiritual aspect of art), in which he combines various facets of spiritualism with strict formalism.

The sale of this painting is nothing short of a sensation in the world of Swedish auctions. The painting was previously owned by the influential Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, and it has been exhibited in a range of museums and galleries around the world, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle in Bern, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Galerie Beyler and Galerie Möller in Basel, and Marlborough Fine Art in London.

Stockholms Auktionsverk is delighted to have been granted this opportunity to present the collection, and thus to honour IngaBritt and Arne Lundberg – and, in particular, their late daughter Monica, who, through the sale of this collection, wanted to give more people the opportunity to admire the magnificent art that once graced the walls of the Lundbergs’ home.

To Catalogue

IngaBritt & Arne Lundberg Collection at Modern Art & Design

Viewing
9-14 November
Auction
15 November 7pm

For further information, please contact our specialist Pierre Olbers St Bellies
+46 8 453 67 61 • pierre.olbers@auktionsverket.se

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