Welcome to the opening of the exhibition “Björn Berg – life as a drawing artist”, Saturday February 18, 12.00–16.00. Opening at 13.00 with a conversation with the son Sven Berg and the daughter Maja Berg Lindelöw. Artist-led workshop in the drawing studio during the day: inspired by Björn Berg’s visual world, we create fairytale pictures with trolls and other exciting things that emerge. Free admission.

30th Anniversary

On June 18, 2022, the museum celebrated its 30th anniversary in connection to the vernissage for »ART’S FUN! – visual mischiefs by Lasse Åberg«.

The history of the Museum of Drawings in Laholm begins in 1979, when Björn Rosendal – artist, writer and physician from Laholm – got the idea to start an academy for all art forms. Two years later, on 23 June 1981, he founded Böllerupakademien (The Böllerup Academy) with artist Hardy Strid and musician Ingvar Neuman. In the spring of 1983, the idea of a museum for drawings was born. In the name of the Böllerup Academy, Rosendal, Strid and Neuman began collecting artwork for a future museum. They wished to highlight drawings – the nerve in the history of visual art and sculptures.

The foundation “Laholm’s Drawing Museum” was established in 1992 with a board consisting of three representatives from the Böllerup Academy, three from Laholm’s Municipality and one from the Museum of Halmstad. The composition of the board gave the municipality transparency in the work, but (apart from that) the foundation was completely independent.

The Museum of Drawings opened 18 June 1992. We were accommodated in premises assigned by the municipality, in the old Town Hall. Teckningsmuseets vänner, a friendship organization, was formed in October the same year. They’ve had a significant impact on the museum’s business. In the year 2000 we changed our name to Teckningsmuseet in Laholm (The Museum of Drawings in Laholm).

The collection of artworks grew over the years and the museum became increasingly overcrowded. In 2004 the work began to rebuild Laholm’s old fire station into a museum of drawings, which opened 3 March 2007 in our new premises at Hästtorget.


Teckningsmuseet participated in this year’s Book Fair in Gothenburg – the largest cultural event in Scandinavia. Together with the association Svenska Tecknare (Swedish Drawers) we lead an artist talk and also awarded a unique Book Picture Prize to a creator who had a “profound significance for the image as creative and artistic field in book publishing in Sweden”. The Book Picture Prize 2018 went to the Swedish illustrator and author Eva Lindström!

The prize ceremony took place at the Book Fair on Friday, 28 September, in Svenska Tecknare’s stand A02:27. The award consists of a diploma and 10,000 SEK. 

(Photo, Book Fair: Niklas Maupoix. Photo, Eva: Anna Ledin Wirén )

The Museum of Drawings 25 years

On June 18, 1992, Scandinavia’s first – and so far only – museum of drawings opened in Laholm’s old Town Hall at Stortorget. Over the years the collection of drawings grew and the museum became increasingly overcrowded. Fifteen years later, 2007, Teckningsmuseet moved to Hästtorget and re-opened inside Laholm’s old fire station, which had been rebuilt and extended.

Since the re-opening, the museum has focused a bit more on contemporary artists, such as Owe Gustafson, Lovisa Burfitt, Magnus Bard, Ann Böttcher, Sverre Malling (Norway) och Julie Nord (Denmark). For each exhibition, Teckningsmuseet produces a short film about the artist. The purpose is to deepen the experience of the exhibition and in the long run build an art historical film archive. In addition to exhibitions, the museum also offers guided tours, workshops and educational programs for both schools and the general public.

Teckningsmuseet celebrated its 25th Anniversary on May 27, in connection with the vernissage of this summer’s exhibition – “The Great Exhibition of Swedish Illustration 1880–2020”. In addition to speeches and high-class socializing, we honoured the day by arranging two panel discussions about drawing and its history, present and future.

Cheers, Teckningsmuseet, we look forward to the next 25 years!