About the Artist: Madeleine Rosa Pyk

(* 24. Februar 1934 in Stockholm)

We are pleased to have the consent of Madeleine Pyk to illustrate the project with her art.


With their bold colors and many hidden details, Madeleine Pyk's pictures invite us to take a closer look and to contemplate. This corresponds to the intention of our project: We invite DM-affected individuals, their family members and interested parties to contemplate our experience living with Myotonic Dystrophy. Countries where we live and our languages may differ. Yet, we are linked by the fact that we live with the same rare disease. How we handle it can be educational for others and promote public awareness of our specific needs and hopes.

The artist grew up in her family in Urvädersgränd near the Modebacke-district in Stockholm. From her family's living room there was a wonderful view of the Slussen (connection Mälaren-lake-Baltic Sea) and the Katarinahissen (Katarina public, open-air elevator on Södermalm in Stockholm, currently not in operation, ). These impressions influence Madeleines pictures until today. When the Second World War broke out, she was five years old. She remembers the war as a time of constant fear. Several of her relatives lived in then-occupied France.


Madeleine's mother was rather down to earth and realistic. She grew up in Australia and France and only returned to Sweden when an adult. Her father was a coffee merchant and opera lover. He also painted. His pictures found their place in the family summer house in Värmdötrakten. Her grandfather was a carpenter and engraver. One of his daughters studied at the Royal Academy. Madeleine successfully continues these artistic traditions. Her second grandfather Torkel Siwertz - brother of the author Sigfrid Siwertz - was particularly close to Madeleine's heart: Every year, he rode his bicycle with a spare pare tire as baggage from France to Sweden. He never understood the excitement he caused, the famous "Stålfarfar" (bicycle grandfather) Gustaf Håkansson, of Sweden.


From 1951-1955 Madeleine Pyk attended art school and from 1963-1967, she continued at the art academy. After completing her studies, she worked as a cartoonist for several years.


Her first exhibition took place in 1956 at Petra in the Small Pavilion in Stockholm. This was followed by various exhibitions in Stockholm, including Gummesons, Galerie Pierre, Gröna Paletten, Galerie A., Farbe und Form, Galerie Blanche and Linnæus. Her art has been exhibited throughout Sweden, including the cities of Borgholm, Borås, Eskilstuna, Gothenburg, Halmstad, Jönköping, Malmö, Mariestad, Nora, Skara, Skövde, Sundsvall, Söderhamn, Umeå, Upsala, Västerås, Ålem, Örebro, Örnsköldsvik and Östersund.


Madeleine Rosa Pyk was represented in 1973 in a special exhibition in Hamburg. Her works are now housed in numerous Swedish museums, including the Stockholm Modern Museum, the Stockholm City Collections, the Norrköping Museum, the Västerås Museum, the Västerås City Collections, the Umeå Museum, and the Östersund Museum.

Madeleine Rosa Pyk traveled extensively to study and capture the light and colors of other countries. England, France, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Yugoslavia, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and the USA (New York) were among their destinations. In 1976, Madeleine Rosa Pyk received support in the form of a travel allowance. In the same year her book "Marble Badger" was published by Forums-Verlag.

Traveling offers Madeleine Rosa Pyk inspiration to her works. She finds relaxation and tranquility in the family summer house in Värmdötrakten in the Stockholm archipelago (Skägga), where hospitality is a top priority.

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