The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA



Sculpture By Carl Milles


Carl Milles, a premier designer of public fountains and major public works, is the subject of the exhibition, "Sculpture By Carl Milles," opening at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College Jan. 20, 2001 in the museum's Upper Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 11, 2001.

A celebrated artist and national hero in his homeland of Sweden, Milles has captivated international audiences with his large public sculpture and fountains, and has gained international recognition as a 20th-century sculptor. He has executed a large number of monuments and fountains in the United States, where he was active in the 1930s and 1940s, and was resident sculptor and head of the Department of Sculpture at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. Works installed in the United States include Wedding of the River in St. Louis, Mo., Fountain of the Faithful outside Washington, D.C., and Playing Angels, part of the Fairmount Park Art Association Collection, Philadelphia, Pa. (left: Dancing Maenad, 1913, bronze, 71 x 50 x 10 cm)

Born in 1875 in Stockholm, he studied in Paris at the turn of the century and worked with sculptor Auguste Rodin, who deeply influenced his work. Milles' international reputation was launched when he was awarded the Grand Prix in the World Exhibition in Paris in 1925, which led to his one-man exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London in 1927. Milles held the title of Professor at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm.

Milles died in 1955. In 1995, his 24-meter fountain, The Rainbow, was erected in the entrance to Stockholm's harbor.

The Berman installation will feature 40 bronze sculptures and maquettes and 21 drawings. The exhibit is circulated by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. A catalogue is available. The exhibition was funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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