Helga Henschen was one of the best known and most versatile
artists in Sweden. Born in Stockholm 1917, she attended the
Royal Academy of Art 1940-45 and had over ninety one woman and
group exhibitions between then and 2002.
sculpted, made illustrations, posters and cartoons, and wrote
eleven books of prose and poetry. The cartoons appeared regularly
in Dagens Nyheter, the largest Swedish newspaper, and in other
papers and magazines. Her work can be found in the Museum of
Modern Art in Stockholm, in the Sundbyberg Town Hall, in several
other museums, and in hundreds of public and private collections.
public works are the Tensta underground station, completed 1975,
and Dafne, a large sculpture and fountain in Sodertalje Town
Center, completed 1978.
many awards, grants and recognitions in her lifetime, and was
often interviewed on national TV and radio and in the press.
She was active in the Cultural Association of the Social Democrat
Party, and fought for political prisoners, as well as the rights
of children and animals. She worked for the peace movement and
for social and religious organizations.
1943 - 47
she was married to the German-Swedish author Peter Weiss, with
whom she has a daughter, and 1961-65 to the Finnish-Swedish
poet Ralf Parland.