Galerie Forsblom takes pleasure in reopening the gallery for the public with an exhibition by the Swedish artist Peter Frie (b. 1947). Frie invokes a sense of the sublime by filling the gallery with the awe-inspiring, elemental forces of nature. His images of endless sea and low-hanging sky are universally identifiable. They have very powerful genius loci, yet they also possess a metaphorical universality that transcends the physical location. Frie’s timeless landscapes have an experiential resonance to which everyone can relate. He transports us to places that exist in our memories – indeed, this is the only place they exist, for Frie paints only from memory, never by replicating real landscapes.
Lars Lerin, Maria Nordin and Bernd Koberling are well-known names, representing three different generations of artists. They move in different thematic circles, work with different forms of expression and radiate different kinds of energy. What they have in common, apart from the virtuoso watercolour technique, is a close friendship with the museum. Their art also incorporates the aesthetic values that are always so relevant. Bruno Liljefors worked around the late 19th and early 20th century, but has inspired many artists and has been a trendsetter in his approach to portraying birds. In the exhibition, he is presented alongside Lars Lerin.
The exhibition is comprised of three distinct parts: Flora, Fauna and Kroppens tunna skal
On International Women’s Day, Sunday March 8th, the new exhibition Signature Women – 100 Years on the Swedish Art Scene opens at Artipelag. Some 350 works by about fifty Swedish female artists will be presented, well-known as well as previously marginalized names, active from the previous century up to current day.
"With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Lena Cronqvist has established herself as one of Sweden’s most prominent artists. Best known for her paintings, Cronqvist’s multifaceted oeuvre also includes sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile art. Her imagery embraces existential themes, such as love, childhood, motherhood, loneliness and death, and she often uses herself as a model. Cronqvist’s artistic practice is profoundly personal, yet equally inclusive and universal.
This thematic exhibition presents paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and textile works from the 1960s to the present. The presentation includes several recent paintings that are being exhibited publicly for the first time."
Across the world local communities are displaced in conflicts about the right to forests, agricultural land, minerals and watercourses. The group exhibition Every Leaf Is an Eye references this colonial violence, and demonstrates how various local, political and historical events are intimately interconnected in a global struggle for the ways of life threatened by the exploitation of corporations, governments and colonial powers.