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Published: 08 Mar, 2018

Picture Book of the Year exhibition opens at Bildmuseet

NEWS During Art Friday with Littfest 16 March, Bildmuseet opens the exhibition Swedish Picture Book of the Year / Fågeln i mig flyger vart den vill [The Bird Within Flies Wherever It Wants]. Author and artist Sara Lundberg will be present at the opening.

Press previews of the exhibition from Thursday 15 March according to agreement, as well as interviews with Sara Lundberg and museum curator Brita Lundberg, who is also a member of the prize jury. Opening on Friday 16 March at 19:00. Welcome!

What do you do when you carry a longing for something that you can hardly put into words? The picture book Fågeln i mig flyger vart den vill [The Bird Within Flies Wherever It Wants] is inspired by paintings, letters and diaries by the artist Berta Hansson. It tells the story about an artist-to-be, and her youth in a small Jamtlandic village at the beginning of the 20th century. The book has been named the Swedish picture book of the year 2017 and was honoured with the national award Snöbollen [The Snowball]. Sara Lundberg, artist as well as author, receives the award in March 2018 during Littfest, Umeå International Literature Festival. Fågeln i mig flyger vart den vill also won the August Prize in 2017. Bildmuseet's exhibition will present the artist’s original paintings and preparatory sketches for the book.

Sara Lundberg (b. 1971) is an illustrator and author, educated at McDaniel College, USA, and The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, living and working in Stockholm. She has illustrated more than 30 children's books has been awarded and nominated for several prestigious prizes. Vita streck [White Lines], 2009, was her debut as a writer, and she has since then written and illustrated four books of her own.

The national picture book award Snöbollen aims at highlighting the picture book as an artistic medium and encouraging creators and publishers to push the artistic boundaries of the picture book, regarding both content and form. The initiative for the prize, this year given for the seventh time, was taken by the association Krumelur – Association for Young Words in the North, in cooperation with Umeå Kultur, Kulturföreningen Pilgatan, the county library of Västerbotten, Mittuniversitetet, Littfest, the Association of Swedish Illustrators and Graphic Designers, Littfest, and Bildmuseet, Umeå University.

More about the Littfest evening at Bildmuseet Friday 16 March

Contact Information

To book a press preview and/or interview, please contactHelena Vejbrink, press contact, +46 90-7869073

For further information about the exhibition and prize, please contactBrita Täljedal, museum curator Bildmuseet, +46 90-786 7714

Editor: Helena Vejbrink