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Modern Art + Design presents: Ingemar Dahlberg's collection

Ingemar Dahlberg

Collector and passionate observer

Bukowskis presents Ingemar Dahlberg's Collection of artworks at Modern Art + Design. Viewing the 12th to the 16th of May, Auction the 17th and 18th of May


Browse and bid


Words by art historian and critic Thomas Millroth

Ingemar liked this approach and felt it could be found in Swedish art after 1945. Rolande Kemp, an early art friend of his when he first started collecting, shared this view and it could be seen in his dense red and black interiors.


Lage Lindell, however, made the greatest impression upon Ingemar. One day the photographer Pelle Stackman phoned me and said “You’ve got to meet a collector who has lots of Lage”. I had, of course, written about Lage and his contemporaries. My first meeting with Ingemar never ended! His Lage Lindell collection became one of the most undoubtedly distinguished collections in Sweden. The majority of the collection was sold when his wife Ulla died but he had carefully selected which works he wanted to keep.
Lage Lindell was always hung in the best position in his apartment.






> Lennart Rodhe, "Karusell", pastel on paper, 42 x 56 cm.


Ingemar was an expert in the post-war generation of artists. We often discussed various works and trends in-depth and when Ingemar made his choices they were always spot on, such as Lennart Rodhe’s “Hönshuset” (The Henhouse).

In 1990 I reconstructed the legendary Konkret (Concrete) exhibition of 1949 at Galerie Blanche. Ingemar took this opportunity to acquire some unbeatable classics from the 40s; Pierre Olofsson’s “Krumelur” (Squiggle) and “Brokig knut” (Colourful knot), Olle Bonniér’s “Fuga” (Fugue). On another occasion, he bought Arne Jones’ “Treklang” (Triad). An impressive quartet in Swedish art history!




Olle Bonniér, "Fuga", kollage av litografier samt gouache 69 x 104 cm <


Clearly, he was interested in this type in art; Lars Englund was another favourite. The Galerie Bleue in Stockholm, owned by Sara Bonniér Holmgren who had previously been married to Olle, was able to display the breadth of the development of constructive art with artists such as Elli Hemberg, Cajsa Holmstrand and Einar Höste.

The latter was commissioned to design Ulla and Ingemar Dahlberg’s gravestone.



But Ingemar was not bound to one style.




To Ingemar, art often meant friendship.
He had a special relationship with PO Ultvedt, whose “Dömd till skinka” was a permanent feature on every visit to the Dahlbergs’ home on Baggensgatan.

At every moment, the art touched Ingemar. Literally. He was especially fond of small sculptures one could pick up and hold in one’s hand. Böttcher, Renqvist and Hall I have already mentioned. With Carl Milles, Martin Holmgren, Liss Eriksson, Asmund Arle, Robert Jacobsen and Erik Dietman, they stood on their shelf to delight the eye and welcome curious fingers.




Torsten Renqvist, "Hästlyftaren", Sculpture, wood and metal screws, height 104 cm. <


The collection includes names that perhaps not everyone will recognise today; amongst them Eva Hallström with her magnificent poetry of colour. It was a different time. But Ingemar sought out artistic quality beyond his time. He was both a collector and a passionate observer.

Thomas Millroth, friend, writer, art historian, critic


The collection will be sold at the Modern Art + Design auction on May 17th – 18th.


Viewing May 12th – 16th, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Auction Live May 17th – 18th, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.


Read more about the auction



Explore the collection

544. Olle Bonniér, "Jazzbandet".
Hammer price 
22 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
545. Olle Bonniér, "Fuga".
Hammer price 
200 000 SEK
Estimate 
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
546. Bengt Orup, "Uppladdat område”.
Hammer price 
44 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
547. Olle Nyman, Bull's head.
Hammer price 
20 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
548. Asmund Arle, "Hästar och vagn".
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
549. Arne Jones, "Treklang".
Hammer price 
22 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
550. Lage Lindell, Untitled.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
551. Lage Lindell, Untitled.
Hammer price 
24 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
552. Lage Lindell, Untitled.
Hammer price 
65 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
553. Lage Lindell, Untitled.
Hammer price 
65 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
554. Lage Lindell, Untitled, triptych.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
555. Lage Lindell, "Lekande vid havet".
Hammer price 
46 000 SEK
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40 000 - 50 000 SEK
556. Lage Lindell, Untitled.
Hammer price 
Unsold
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50 000 - 60 000 SEK
557. Lage Lindell, Untitled (Fishing girls).
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
558. Lage Lindell, Untitled.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
559. Robert Jacobsen, Untitled.
Hammer price 
38 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
560. David Wretling, Sitting girl.
Hammer price 
24 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
561. Pierre Olofsson, Untitled.
Hammer price 
38 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
562. Pierre Olofsson, "Teckning i luften med färg".
Hammer price 
24 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
563. Pierre Olofsson, "Krumelur (Graffiti)".
Hammer price 
90 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
564. Pierre Olofsson, "Brokig knut".
Hammer price 
160 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
565. Lars Englund, "Pars pro toto".
Hammer price 
55 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
566. Lars Englund, Untitled.
Hammer price 
16 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
567. Lars Englund, "Pars pro toto".
Hammer price 
65 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
569. Nils von Dardel, A study for "Frälsningsarmén".
Hammer price 
Unsold
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30 000 - 40 000 SEK
570. Erik Dietman, "Bowler hat".
Hammer price 
21 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
571. Torsten Renqvist, Composition.
Hammer price 
24 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
572. Torsten Renqvist, "Fågel Fenix".
Hammer price 
80 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
573. Torsten Renqvist, Interior.
Hammer price 
105 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
574. Torsten Renqvist, "Hästlyftaren".
Hammer price 
380 000 SEK
Estimate 
150 000 - 175 000 SEK
575. Torsten Renqvist, "Moln över blockmark".
Hammer price 
24 000 SEK
Estimate 
30 000 - 40 000 SEK
576. Torsten Renqvist, "Gäddskallen".
Hammer price 
18 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
577. Torsten Renqvist, "Höstlandskap".
Hammer price 
32 000 SEK
Estimate 
18 000 - 20 000 SEK
578. Torsten Renqvist, "Måsar vid Lofoten".
Hammer price 
32 000 SEK
Estimate 
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
579. Torsten Renqvist, Bird.
Hammer price 
38 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
580. Torsten Renqvist, "Hönsfågel".
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
581. Torsten Renqvist, "Regn över".
Hammer price 
50 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
582. Torsten Renqvist, "Avlägsen fågel".
Hammer price 
34 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
584. KG Bejemark, Cat.
Hammer price 
34 000 SEK
Estimate 
15 000 - 18 000 SEK
585. KG Bejemark, "Gädda".
Hammer price 
22 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
586. Ed Ruscha, "ICE".
Hammer price 
720 000 SEK
Estimate 
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
587. Niki de Saint Phalle, "Anubis".
Hammer price 
360 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 300 000 SEK
588. Enrico Baj, Attese.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate 
175 000 - 200 000 SEK
589. Mimmo Rotella, "Diavolo".
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
590. Birgitta Liljebladh, Self portrait.
Hammer price 
24 000 SEK
Estimate 
25 000 - 30 000 SEK
591. Lennart Rodhe, "Landsvägsbron - Gulsele".
Hammer price 
95 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
592. Lennart Rodhe, Forest landscape.
Hammer price 
48 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
593. Lennart Rodhe, "Karusell".
Hammer price 
230 000 SEK
Estimate 
125 000 - 150 000 SEK
594. Lennart Rodhe, "Hönshuset".
Hammer price 
65 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
595. Lennart Rodhe, Tree bark.
Hammer price 
55 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
596. Lennart Rodhe, "Sittande kvinna".
Hammer price 
48 000 SEK
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
597. Lennart Rodhe, "Skogslandskap - Vävra".
Hammer price 
32 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
598. Lennart Rodhe, "Lustiga huset".
Hammer price 
40 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
599. Lennart Rodhe, Study for "Lek".
Hammer price 
85 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 150 000 SEK
600. Lennart Rodhe, Kärven.
Hammer price 
50 000 SEK
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
601. Lennart Rodhe, Stagecoach.
Hammer price 
48 000 SEK
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
602. Lennart Rodhe, "Sisyfos II".
Hammer price 
75 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
Andreas Rydén
Stockholm
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
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Lena Rydén
Stockholm
Lena Rydén
Head of art, Specialist Modern Art
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Marcus Kinge
Stockholm
Marcus Kinge
Specialist Prints
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Amanda Wahrgren
Stockholm
Amanda Wahrgren
Specialist Modern Art, Prints
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