Master of Arts, Stockholm University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy of Art History, Stockholm University, 1973.
Research assistant Stockholm University, 1968-1973. Museum curator National Museum, Stockholm, 1973-1988, chief curator, since 1988, director research, 1997—2008.
Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Science.
Daughter of Lars-Erik and May (Bruzelli) Thunholm. Nils Cavalli-Björkman, September 7, 1963 (divorced June 18, 1982). Children: Anders, Asa, Ylva.
Married Per Bjurström, June 29, 1985.