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art educator , museum director emeritus

Jan Christer Wirgin, museum director emeritus, art educator. Grantee Fulbright Foundation, 1966; named commander most noble order crown of Thailand, Thai Government, 1984, order of the rising sun gold rays with rosette Government Japan, 1994; named Professor Swedish Government, 1998.


Wirgin, Jan Christer was born on June 15, 1932 in Stockholm, Sweden. Son of Nils Allan Christer and Margit Alma Louise (Gyllenberg) Wirgin.


Master of Arts, University Stockholm, 1955. Degree in philosophy, University Stockholm, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, University Stockholm, 1970.


Assistant curator to director Museum Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1957-1998, director emeritus, since 1998. Deputy director Swedish National Art Museum, Stockholm, 1989-1998. Professor art University Hawaii, Honolulu, 1966-1967.

Associate professor University Stockholm, since 1970, censor University Copenhagen, 1969-2001, University Arhus, 1983-2002.


Member China Committee (secretary), Sweden-Japan Society (vice chairman), Swedish-Thai Society (director 1974-1998), Friends Association Museum Far Eastern Antiquities (director 1960-1998), Swedish Archaeol. Society, Swedish Association Museum Curators, Oriental Ceramic Society Sweden (board directors), Oriental Ceramic Society (London), Travellers Club.


Married Signe Margareta Brunnberg, May 24, 1958. Children: Claes Christer, Jeanette Louise.

Nils Allan Christer Wirgin

Margit Alma Louise (Gyllenberg) Wirgin

Signe Margareta Brunnberg

Claes Christer Wirgin

Jeanette Louise Wirgin