On Thursday 6 March, The Crown Princess Couple travelled to Paris to visit the Opéra Garnier and the Petit Palais, where The Crown Princess opened the exhibition "Carl Larsson, l'imagier de la Suède".
The Crown Princess Couple began the day at the Opéra Garnier, the older of the city's two opera houses. Birgit Cullberg's classic breakthrough ballet Miss Julie is currently being staged here, with set design based on Sven X-et Erixson's original set. A guest performance of Mats Ek's production of Juliet & Romeo with the Royal Swedish Opera will be staged at the Opéra Garnier next year.
The Crown Princess Couple were welcomed by Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Brigitte Lefèvre. They learnt about the history of the Paris Opera and the French architect Charles Garnier, who designed the Opéra Garnier. The opera house was built between 1857 and 1874.
Find out more about the Paris Opera here.
After the visit to the Paris Opera, Ambassador Gunnar Lund hosted lunch at the ambassador's official residence. The guests, who included representatives from French society and industry, were given an update about the situation in France.
After lunch at the Embassy, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel made their way to the Petit Palais for the opening of the exhibition "Carl Larsson, l'imagier de la Suède". There, they were met by Danièle Pourtaud, Deputy Mayor for Heritage and Museums, and Christophe Leribault, Director of the Petit Palais.
The opening ceremony began with a speech by Danièle Pourtaud.
The Crown Princess then gave an opening speech, in which she spoke about Carl Larsson's extraordinary ability to capture the characteristics of Sweden, its nature and its traditions. The Crown Princess also mentioned how one of her favourite paintings awakened childhood memories of catching crayfish together with her family.
You can read the speech in full here.
The exhibition "Carl Larsson, L'imagier de la Suède" includes 120 paintings, most of which are on loan from Nationalmuseum's collections. This is the first time such a large exhibition of Carl Larsson's work has been shown in France.
Carl Larsson first visited Paris in 1877. In 1881 he joined the Scandinavian artists' colony at Grez-sur-Loing, south of Paris, where he met his future wife Karin Bergöö. Larsson won gold medals at the world exhibitions in Paris in 1889 and 1900.
The exhibition "Carl Larsson, L'imagier de la Suède" will be on show at the Petit Palais until 7 June 2014.
Find out more about the exhibition and the Petit Palais here.