Aguélimuseet is located since 2007 in its present premises, in the old electricity board, from 1903. The Art Collection in the Museum is mainly based upon the donations made by Carl Friberg and the Palm couple. In 1962–2007 the museum was situated on the top floor in the old baths at the library.

Ivan Aguélis Place was opened May, 24 in 2000. The artist Acke Oldenburg in cooperation with the ceramist Åsa Orrmell and the blacksmith Janne Sjöblom created the Moorish fountain surrounded by five gates. The west side gate is adorned with the palm of a hand and symbols from the Koran, Ivan’s guiding rule. The five fingers representing God, Prayer and purification, Alms, Fast (Ramadan) and Pilgrimage. The next gate is dedicated to Prince Eugen who saved a large part of Ivan’s art collection to posterity. Sawmill owner Jöns and Alvida Åkerman’s fund, established by their son Hjalmar in 1977, provided capital for the monument  and is honoured with a sawblade that is shining like a sun on the Eastern gate. One side is dedicated to Dr. Carl Friberg that bequeathed his art collection to the Nationalmuseum to be exhibited at the Aguélimuseet in Sala. The North side of the gate is dedicated to Ivan Aguélis mother Anna and has been developed out of a letter she wrote to her son.

A stone’s throw from Ivan Aguélis Place is Carl Fribergs home, at Smedbroplan erected in 1922. Sala Konstförening was established at Carl Fribergs initiative,1941. Photo by Sven Norling, 1942.

Interior by Carl Fribergs home with several of the paintings and the square piano which is now at use in the museum…  Photo by Sven Norling 1942.



 Ivan Aguélis grave a couple of 10 metres in at the churchyard at the corner of Gruvgatan – Aguéligatan. The memorial stone is a replica of the stone that Carl Wilhelmson outlined and which was placed 1920–1981 at the burial ground in Barcelona. Ivan Aguélis remains was moved (not without local conflicts) in 1980 from Spain to the churchyard in Sala. In the background Aguéligatan where Ivan Aguélis home as a child was situated.

Where the street address is now Aguéligatan 29, was Ivan Aguélis restored childhood home (in the middle) the name of the street was then Bergmästaregatan. The house where Ivan was born was burnt down in the great fire 13-14 September in 1880. The father Johan Gabriel Agelii had, despite the mother  Anna’s forebodings and cautions neglected to have the property insured. “The father devastated and partly unconscious was brought to the churchyard, where he was attended to” (Axel Gauffin, Sala Allehanda 12th of May 1941.) The houses above was  demolished in 1963 to make space for new apartment houses. To the right of the picture is the entrance to the churchyard..

The grave of Carl (1865-1949) and Anna (1866-1949) Friberg at the southern side of Sala Gravkapell at Nya kyrkogården.

Further southwest of gravkapellet, 100 metres,  lies Ivan Aguélis parents, Anna and Johan Gabriel Agelii buried. The parents came in different ways to play a major role in  Ivan Aguélis life


1869 John Gustaf Agelii is born 24th May in Sala (adopts during his first trip to France the artist name Ivan Aguéli). The father is equerry Johan Gabriel Agelii, the mother Anna Kristina Agelii, born Nyberg.

1879-89 Schooling in Sala, Västerås, Falun, Visby and Stockholm without any significant success, but he shows great interest in geography, botany and fiction.

1889 Spring in Stockholm, draws the city and surroundings. Summer on the island of Gotland, thence come the oldest oil paintings. Looking up Karl Nordström (who he met in Gotland) in Stockholm, which encourages his painting. Paints in the Sala area.

1890 Returns to Gotland, where he portrays an unknown girl several times. (Girl in Blue and Young Woman). In spring he travels to Paris. Comes into contact with Émile Bernard.

1891 In contact with Theosophists and anarchists in paris. Returns to Sweden, spends summer in Gotland. In Girls Portrait he depict’s the same young woman as the year before, but now paints with a different expression. Autumn back in Stockholm.

1892 Enrols at Konstnärsförbundets målarskola I Stockholm. Taught by Anders Zorn and Richard Berg. In June – July he paints in central Stockholm, later he is back in Gotland and painting landscapes. Returns to Paris at the end of the year.

1893 Meets in Paris the 23 year older Marie Huot, poet, anarchist, Theosophist, animal rights activist.

1894 Arrested in April of involvement with anarchists. Four months in prison before trial. Acquitted. Travels in September to Egypt where he seeks out Émile Bernard. Marie Huot visits him in Egypt.

1895 Painting landscapes and portraits in Egypt. Returns to Paris and intensifies his studies of oriental language. Meets and befriends with Carl Wilhelmson.

1896 Writes about art in “Encyclopédie Contemporaine Illustrée” (ECI). December 22 death of his father in Sala.

1897 A short stay in Sweden. Midsummer with mother. Returns to Paris.

1898 Converts to Islam and adopts the Arabic name Abd-al-Hâdî  (Guide’s servant) Fritz Lindström paints the portrait of Aguéli.

1899 Travels in February  on behalf of ECI to Ceylon, from where he writes about his journey to the magazine. Studies Islam at a Koranic School in Colombo. Travels further to Madras in India. Back to Paris at the end of the year.

1900 June 4 fires several revolver shots at two bullfighters in Deuil. One of the men is wounded slightly. Aguélis action contributes to ban bullfighting in France. Aguéli is sentenced to a fine and three months in prison to be converted into conditional sentences. Prefers the pen to the paintbrush – paints nothing for 10 years.

1902 Summer in Sweden. Travels to Italy in September and then to Egypt November 30 in company with Italian doctor Enrico Insabato.

1903-09 Publishes with Insabato the magazine Il commercio Italiano and Il convito. Marie Huot visits him in Cairo 1903. Leaving Egypt in October 1909. Marie Huot meets Aguéli in Marseille, where they have an  agreement. Aguéli to Geneva.

1910 Reconsiled with Marie Huot in March and returns to Paris. Writes in ECI, including a positive statement about Césanne, and about philosophy etc in the magazine La Gnose.

1911 Summer in Stockholm. Freeplace scholar at Carl Wilhelmsons school of painters. Christmas with mother in Sala.

1912 Trying to get Bergh and Nordström to show van Dongen, Rouault, Fernand Léger and Picasso in Sweden. Ragnar Alyre student of Aguéli at Gotland. Aguéli participates in Konstnärs-förbundets summer exhibition (the only time Aguélis art will be exhibited during his lifetime), but returns to Paris before the opening.

1913 Painting landscapes at Loire, Seine, Oise and Indre. To Egypt in December.

1915 The first official recognition of Aguélis paintings when Nationalmuseum  receives “Stockholmsmotiv” as a gift from the author Per Hallström.

1916 Expelled by the Egyptian authorities due to “socializing with Turkish friendly Egyptians”. Comes to Barcelona in Spain, where he paints small Catalan landscapes.

1917 Ivan Aguéli is killed October 1, hit by a locomotive in the village Hospitalet at the outskirts of Barcelona.

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