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from June 24 2017 until September 24 2017
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents the first European solo exhibition of work by the Swedish artist Gunnel Wåhlstrand (Uppsala 1974). Wåhlstrand makes extremely realistic paintings of monumental landscapes, compelling portraits and serene interiors with intriguing compositions. The exhibition features 23 works by Wåhlstrand – early as well as very recent work.
For her paintings she uses different kinds of black ink and different kinds of impressively large pieces of paper. Each work takes months to complete. The ink washes are applied in successive layers; the image is formed slowly, like developing a photograph. The starting point for Wåhlstrand’s work was a box of family photographs – the only link she had with her father while she was growing up. To fill this need she began to use these photographs: by enlarging the image and filling in missing details she got the feeling that she was coming close to her subject. In this way she slowly expanded her oeuvre; her attention has now shifted to panoramic coastal landscapes, typically Swedish, but at the same time universal.
The exhibition about Gunnel Wåhlstrand is staged in collaboration with Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden.
This exhibition is on view in the Bodon Galleries of the museum.