The first big Ingmar Bergman exhibition has opened – in Berlin. And it may not even come to Sweden, as Swedish museums haven’t shown much interest.
“I’m not surprised,” says Jan Holmberg, Executive Manager and Curator of the Bergmanstiftelsen (Bergman Archives). “Ingmar Bergman has always been more popular abroad than in Sweden.”
A major film festival and talks with Bergman actors like Liv Ullman, Harriet Andersson, and Gunnel Lindblom are incorporated as well. The exhibition opened the other day at the Film Museum at Potsdamer Platz. Ingmar Bergman often said in interviews that he threw everything away, but in reality he collected most things and in 2002 he donated his documents to the newly founded Bergmanstiftelsen. When Nils Warnecke from the Film Museum in Berlin opened the exhibition he told the audience that he had seen all the documents five or six years ago. Everything - scripts and directorial notes and posters – were all kept behind a locked door in the Svenska Filminstitutet's basement.
“Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to do this exhibition,” said Warnecke. Holmberg explains that Bergmanstiftelsen is careful with lending out their material. “We’ve been waiting for the right time, the right opportunity. The material is very fragile. But I feel safe here. They are very enthusiastic and of course also enormous Bergman fans,” he says about Warnecke and Kristina Jaspers, the curators.
The exhibition will run through the end of May. The following museums in Sweden have turned down the exhibition: Moderna museet, Kulturhuset, and Nordiska museet. “Now that the exhibition has opened in Berlin they’re showing a faint interest,” explains Jan Holmberg.