Exhibitions 2016



"The year and Life Celebrations at Gronsoo" - Themeexhibition 2016. may-oct.


The celebration of festivals linked to the annual and life cycle, today as in the past, are very important in our culture. Both for the social and the individual life. The celebrations are primarily a disruption of the daily life hardships and offer occasions for socializing and joy. To celebrate a feast can sometimes be a manifestation of an important step in the life of an individual or a family. It is also striking that the celebration of festivals lives on as strong memories. Both of tangible and intangible nature. They become the stories that are repeated, creating context and are treasured.

Christmas, Easter and Midsummer are examples of annual festivals that are associated with strong traditions, rituals and customs. The celebrations follow the calendar and are repeated thus cyclically, which contributes to the traditions of continuity and stability. This does not mean that the annual celebrations will follow the static pattern - no, customs and habits are constantly changing and adapting to the times, society and circumstances. It is precisely why they survive through the centuries.

"Life's celebrations' is the colloquial term for the celebrations linked to the human life cycle from cradle to grave, from baptism, confirmation, weddings, to funerals. Life's celebrations also include birthdays, especially regular ones, and anniversaries of the wedding day, primarily at 25, and 50 years.

The year's and life's celebrations have been affected by the social environment in which they occurred. Folklore researchers during the 1900s has largely been dedicated to exploring the design of traditions in the agriculture environment, more rarely in the bourgeois or aristocratic environment. The explanation is probably that it is expected to find more "genuine" customs and practice in local culture. It is therefore particularly interesting that this exhibition describes the genteel traditions at Grönsöö, a well-preserved country house in the southern county of Uppland at the shore of Lake Mälaren.

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 Joakim Lager - drawings and pictures.

The artists ability to place his works in between the known and elusive is crucial for afterthought and perception. The comfortable safety zone should be questioned, or at least shaken so that the ground for a moment splits due to the lack of logical linearity.

Joakim Lager (a coming Swedish artist, born 1983) calls his figurative abstract paintings for "Drawings". Already here the conceptual shift starts. It connects with the barely perceptible color gradients in the background, creating a sense of evasive approximation - as in earlier times printing errors. A wave of unruly paint membrane lays the foundation for the dustdry line flow. Organic and natural like - trees forms, branches and shrubbery grows in
a conscious act of description.