Exhibitions

Lennart Nilsson’s work is represented in many of the world’s major established museums, including the British Museum in London, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

Here is a list of current and past exhibitions of his works.

“It requires a unique combination of technical genius and untiring curiosity, and an artistic sensibility that allows beauty and imagination to run free, to create that special picture. Lennart possesses this combination, an appreciation and an eye for beauty, truth and wonder, a pedantic demand on precision and exactness, coupled with a childlike curiosity.” (Hans Wigzell, former vice-chancellor of Karolinska Institutet and chairman of the Nobel Committee)

  • ©Lennart Nilsson/SPL

    MOTHER!

    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk 21 April – 29 August 2021 (Groupexhibition)   Read about the exhibition

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Past exhibitions

  • Hasselblad Award 40 Years

    Hasselblad Center, Göteborg 11 September 2020–17 January 2021 (Group exhibition) Hasselblad Foundation To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hasselblad Award this exhibition presents works by all laureates to date – from the inaugural recipient, Lennart Nilsson, in 1980, to the 2020 awardee, Alfredo Jaar. It is accompanied by a jubilee book with a foreword […]

  • Lennart Nilsson The Beginning

    WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna 11 February – 3 May, 2020 WestLicht Die Presse 20200211 W24 20200211 Salzburger Nachrichten 20200211 On 30 April 1965, Life Magazine put a photograph on its cover that was about to make history: The image by Swedish photojournalist Lennart Nilsson (1922–2017), entitled Foetus 18 Weeks, caused a sensation. What until […]

  • PARIS PHOTO 2019

    Stene Projects Gallery, Stockholm

  • Lennart Nilsson – banbrytare

    Vida Museum och Konsthall, Öland June 29 2019 – January 6 2020

  • Here´s looking at you

    Sven-Harrys Konstmusem, Stockholm Februari 27 – May 19 2019 (Group exhibition)   Here’s looking at you is an exhibition at Sven-Harry’s Art Museum curated by Hoyte van Hoytema, one of the world’s foremost cinematographers. The exhibition will feature 199 photographs selected by Hoytema from the Hasselblad Foundation’s Collection. The starting point for the exhibition is […]

  • STHLM Forever

    Fotografiska, Stockholm November 30 2018 – February 17 2019 (Group exhibition)

  • Lennart Nilsson On Assignment

    Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm August 25 – September 30 2018

  • Lennart Nilsson Stockholm

    Restaurang Sturehof, Stockholm May 27 – August 31 2018

  • A Child is Born

    Stene Projects Gallery, Stockholm April 5 – May 4 2018 Showing Lennart Nilsson’s iconic photographs of the first stages of human life from 1965. A Child is Born includes 14 of Nilsson’s silver gelatin prints in black and white signed by Lennart Nilsson between 2010 and 2012. Images from the exhibition  

  • Den osynliga kroppen

    Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Stockholm November 1 – December 3 2017 (Group exhibition)

  • Lennart Nilsson fotograf

    Fabriken, Bästekille July 1 – October 1 2017

  • Time/Light/Love

    Swedish Photographic Portraits 1840-2017. Landskrona museum, Landkrona June 8 2017 – January 28 2018 (Group exhibition)

  • AgNO3 Histories of Science and Photography in Sweden

    Landskrona museum, Landskrona June 16 2016 – February 29 2017 (Group exhibition)

  • Through Life and Time

    Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm in collaboration with TT News Agency October 1 – October 4 2015

  • La Grande Madre

    Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Palazzo Reale, Milan August 26 – November 15 2015 (Group exhibition) Fondazione Nicola Trussardi Through the work of more than a hundred international artists, the exhibition The Great Mother analyzes the iconography of motherhood in the art and visual culture of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries, from early avant-garde movements to the […]

  • Ingrid Bergman av Lennart Nilsson

    Stene Projects Gallery, Stockholm September 3 – October 3 2015.

  • The Rise and Fall of Ingrid Bergman. And Rise.

    Strandverkets konsthall, Marstrand June 6 – September 27 2015 (Group exhibition) Millessgården, Stockholm October 8 2015 –  January 24 2016. Abecita konstmuseum, Borås November 17 2016 – March 12 2017.

  • Lennart Nilsson – en återblick i svartvitt

    Tres Hombres Art, Hotell Tylösand, Halmstad June 26 – August 30 2015

  • Lennart Nilsson – tidiga reportage

    Konsthallen, Åmål 2014

  • Still Life/Work Life

    Hasselblad Center, Gotherburg March 23 – May 19 2013 (Group exhibition)

  • Lennart Nilsson at 90

    Strandverket, Marstrand 2013

  • Bernadotter i svart och vitt

    Nationalmuseum, Stockholm 2010

  • Ett barn blir till

    Fotografiska, Stockholm 2010 (Travelling exhibition) First shown May 21 at the opening of Fotografiska. Also exhibit in Berlin, Borgvik, Lidköping, Marstrand, Vasa och Borås.

  • Läke Konst

    Waldemarsudde, Stockholm 2010

  • Lennart Nilsson – någonstans i Stockholm

    Kulturhuset, Stockholm 2008

  • Lennart Nilsson – fotografier 1942-2002

    Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinski, Athen, Biarritz, Horten, Luleå, Norrköping, Odense and Washington 2002-2006

  • I skuggan av ljuset. Fotografi och systematik i konst. Vetenskap och vardagsliv.

    Moderna museet, Stockholm October 3 – November 15 1998 (Group exhibition)

  • Från Kristinehamn till Kärleken

    MuséEtt, Kristinehamn 1998

  • Lennart Nilsson

    Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm 1996

  • Border of Science

    Angers, Andorra, Barcelona, Madrid, Terrassa, Dundee, Hamburg, Toulouse, Houston, New York, Rio de Janerio, Sao Paolo och Oxelösund, 1991-1996

  • Äggets hemlighet

    Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm 1993

  • Reporter och forskare – en återblick

    Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg 1991

  • Livets början

    Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg 1990/91

  • Nine Masters of Photography

    Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg 1989 (Group exhibition)

  • The Landscape Within Us

    New York, Philadelphia and Washington, US 1988

  • Scientific Photographs

    Djakarta, Indonesia 1987

  • Foto som konst i Norden

    Sveaborg, Helsinki 1984 (Group exhibition)

  • The Human Body

    Ontario Science Centre, Canada 1984 (Permanent group exhibition)

  • Lennart Nilsson – Medical Photographs

    Europe and USA, 1977-79

  • Man and the Sea

    Europe, Canada and USA, 1974 (Group exhibition)

  • Synligt – osynligt

    Fotografiska museet, Stockholm March 17 – May 6, 1973 and Louisiana, Humlebeak December 21 1973 -February 17, 1974 (Group exhibition)

  • En mans väg till frälsning

    Moderna museet, Stockholm 1963

  • Svenskarna sedda av 11 fotografer

    Fotografiska museet/Moderna museet, Stockholm 1962 (Group exhibition)

  • The Family of Man

    Museum of Modern Art, New York 1955 (Group exhibition)