We are proud to present Bruno Knutman’s (1930–2017) second solo exhibition at the gallery: Night Piece. Bruno Knutman was working on this exhibition at the time of his passing in August 2017. Together with his wife Birgitta we decided to proceed with the exhibition according to his plan. Night Piece presents paintings from the last three years and is named after his last painting, which was completed only shortly before his passing. In connection with the exhibition we will publish a book with all the new paintings and a text by art critic and writer Dan Jönsson. Below is an excerpt from Jönsson’s essay:
Knutman uses moods and memories of the past not to reconstruct or gild what once was, but to rescue it from the mire of the past and lift it into the light of the present day. The visual world he constructs is a contemporary universe, at once both outside history and at its heart.
A world where past and present are entwined. Winding round and round.
Thus, the seeming simplicity – the riddle-like pictorial elements and the fairy tale tone – paradoxically generates disquiet rather than clarity. Under the apparently tranquil surface, we sense tension from those tightly entangled, contradictory forces that are constantly active in Knutman’s art, without ever being distinctly separated. Lightness and heft. Light and darkness.
Unambiguity and complexity.
Melancholy and pathos.
The hard knot they form is of the kind that no words can undo. I doubt if even a sword could slice through it.
– Dan Jönsson
Read the full text here.
Bruno Knutman (1930–2017) studied at the Valand Academy of Fine Art in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Polytechnic School of Art in London in the 1950s. His first exhibition was at Lilla Paviljongen, Stockholm, in 1957. Lunds konsthall and Södertälje konsthall showed his works in a retrospective solo exhibition in 1982. His ink drawings from the 1960s–1980s are widely acclaimed, and many of them are collected in the book Around the Corner (Kalejdoskops förlag, 1986). Both Ystads konstmuseum and Liljevalchs konsthall featured his exhibition Homo Sapiens in 1998. His solo shows Wolf at the Door and Serious Times were presented in the 2000s at Lunds konsthall and Galleri Magnus Karlsson respectively. His works have also been featured regularly in other solo or group shows since the 1960s. He has carried out commissions for public art. Bruno Knutman’s works are in many private collections and museums in Sweden, including Moderna Museet and Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. This autumn a selection of his paintings will be presented at the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil.
Dan Jönsson is a writer, journalist and art critic for the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. His publications include a collection of essays, Estetisk rensning (Aesthetic Cleansing, 2012), and the novel Mister Olof (2016). He was born in Rotterdam in 1963 and now lives in Örtofta, Sweden.
Many if our gallery artists have found kinship and inspiration in Bruno Knutman’s works. To celebrate Knutman’s artistry we are pleased to present new works by Mamma Andersson, Jens Fänge, Carl Hammoud, Klara Kristalova and Jockum Nordström – all made in dialogue with the works of Bruno Knutman.
Opening Reception May 26, 12–4 pm