Love is a murderer, love is a curse, love is an open book to your verse of bad poetry.

I can change, we can change, if it helps you fall in love.

With words from LCD Soundsystem frontman I invite you to slowly comprehend and follow my artsy journey inside the Bonnier Art Hall. Last thursday I was there and fell in love, got aesthtically murdered, the paintings to me probably were a curse? Haha, I’m joking but anyways I did want to tell you about their new exhibition “Another side of the shift”. I have to admit, me going there made me fall even more in love with modern art.

When entering the art hall it looks like a giant  breathing space covered by glass. The building is half see-through and succeeds in fooling the faint hearted with it’s almost sky skraper charisma. As I walked into the exhibition space it was smaller than what you might think but with the help of the right curation it creates an illusion of a larger than life visual storytelling. All though I’ve been to Bonnier before I thought this exhibition was their best yet even though it resembles Moderna Museets modernistic and classic open for all art collection. This was something new and as I suspect had been somewhat hidden. Swedish talent works ranging from 1947 to 1987 conveying their own way of seeing things and reflecting the times they lived in. It was during the after math of World war II that the art scene started blooming again. Pop art in America, minimalism and neo-impressionism and expressionism were movements that kicked in. But before the 1940’s there were decades of up and coming movements that caved the way to art as we know it today.

Walking around the hall I was amused by the clear references to Picasso, Italian and Russian constructivism and fauvist tendencies á la Henri Matisse. Rooms filled with paintings made with different techniques such as tempera, and oil paint created a multi-faceted effect that brought ponderosity to the art collection as a whole.

All and all Another side of the shift felt like modernism in remix, I became enslaved and gripped with a painted reality. Despite references I felt I was brought to something new and something old at the same time, almost like when a rapper samples an old vinyl record from the 70’s made by a groovy artist. The bright colours, the different mediums through and through at Bonnier offered the viewer a dynamic feeling.

Perhaps it seems that maybe Another side of the shift is a postmodern modernistic collection showcasing a different angle of what modernism in Sweden at that time was. Yet being put in the context of the times today reveal an obvious shift being able to put Swedish art in the midst of other international art works that have become iconic in popular culture today.

Text: Rosa Cruz


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