This exhibition is a personal selection of works that all formally resemble the portrait. Some of them are made as portraits of specific people, while others merely use the human face as a means of expression. Common to all drawings, paintings and sculptures is that the depicted a person is the main motif of the work. The oldest artwork in the exhibition dates from the 17th century, the last one was finished only a few weeks ago
In Strangers we encounter nineteen characters in nineteen artworks that are gathered for an
unexpected meeting. They have different origins and fates but have somehow ended up in the same
barn on Gotland. We meet their gazing eyes, and they look at each other. A conversation begins when
they present themselves to each other, a conversation that deepens when the visitors arrive. Everyone
has a story to tell – about how it is to be human.
Hellvi Kännungs is Galleri Magnus Karlsson’s project room in a rebuilt limestone barn on the island of
Gotland. Since 2011 it is an alternative exhibition space to the gallery in Stockholm. Some of the gallery
artists have curated their own exhibitions here and it has been a place to explore new ideas. Hellvi
Kännungs has become a meeting point for artists and public in an environment completely different
from the urban gallery space. The proximity to nature and the seclusion has contributed to a prestigious
and inspiring atmosphere. In addition to the exhibitions, the gallery artists have also stayed at Hellvi
Kännungs during periods of work and relaxation.