21.01.22-Galleri Magnus Karlsson-Bruno Knutman

Galleri Magnus Karlsson Bruno Knutman – In the basement studio – January 16 to February 13 2021 – Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm, Sweden

ABOUT the artist

Bruno Knutman (1930–2017) studied at Valand Academy of Fine Art in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Polytechnic School of Art in London, UK in the 1950s. His first exhibition was at Lilla Paviljongen, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1957. Lunds konsthall, Sweden and Södertälje konsthall, Sweden 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, Sweden and Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden, 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, Sweden and Galleri Magnus Karlsson respectively. His works have also been featured regularly in other solo or group shows since the 1960s. He has also carried out commissions for public art. In spring 2018 his last paintings were presented in the exhibition Night Piece at Galleri Magnus Karlsson and in the autumn the same year a selection of his paintings were included in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil. Bruno Knutman’s works are in many private collections and museums in Sweden, including Moderna Museet and Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden.

ABOUT the exhibition 

We are proud to present an exhibition with drawings by Bruno Knutman (1930–2017). The exhibition In the Basement Studiobrings together a large selection of the artists ink drawings executed between 1964 and 1990.

The gallery initiated a collaboration with Bruno Knutman in 2012 and presented his last two solo exhibitions; Serious Times(2015) and Night Piece (2018). We have now been given the opportunity to make an exhibition with his drawings. They are previously rarely exhibited but has gained somewhat of a cult status through the book Around the Corner (Kalejdoskops förlag, 1986). The exhibition is an independent sequel to the exhibition Who Came in the stairs? with drawings by Jockum Nordström and Bruno Knutman at Tegnerforbundet in Oslo, Norway (16.8–27.9 2020). A warm thanks to Birgitta Knutman and her family, and also to Jockum Nordström for help with selection of works and realization.

In a body of work spanning an entire life, paths seldom follow predetermined straight lines. Over the years, explorative approaches generate parallel courses, temporarily changing direction, with whims creating gaps that become new spaces, new journeys. Knutman’s journey was ongoing until the very end, and attempting to fully grasp his pictorial idiom is like mapping the starry sky, where each point of light is a peephole into a universe of its own. Some points hold entire courses of events, whereas others present merely a hint. Some are experienced precisely in that manner, whereas others lie hidden in the periphery, only to engage and initiate an entire chain of sequences when the time is right. Although focusing mainly on painting during his last decades, drawing was early on a powder keg that he explored in full.
While the paintings exude an anxious sense of calm, brought to bear by his precise color play and symbolically charged compositions, his drawings are rebellious. They resemble news reports from experienced incidents, but their constant oscillating motion associates them to the double image illusion of the stereoscope rather than the documentary aspects of photography, and thereby to a higher degree of sensory stimulation. We are ushered into moments worth residing in, if for no other reason, for their unusual charge. Here we find both a sense of sorrow as well as happiness, not to mention a genuine curiosity towards the world.

Excerpts from a text for the exhibition by artist and writer Kristoffer Grip.

ABOUT the gallery 

Galleri Magnus Karlsson was founded in 1990. The first 7 years the gallery was located in Västerås, a city 100 km west of Stockholm. It gained a reputation as one of the most interesting contemporary art galleries in Sweden. In August 1997 the gallery moved to Stockholm.

The focus of the gallery is to show the work of emerging artists from Sweden. The gallery has done international art fairs such as Liste, Basel (1999, 2000 and 2001), Art Forum Berlin (2002) Frieze Art Fair, London (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012), The Armory Show, New York (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012), ABC, Berlin (2013 & 2014), Chart, Copenhagen (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), Frieze Art Fair, New York (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017), Art Berlin (2017) & FIAC, Paris (2017) to present those artists also internationally. The gallery also co-produces exhibitions and projects with museums and galleries.

The gallery is located on the ground floor of The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm. In the summer of 2011 Hellvi Kännungs, a project room on the island of Gotland, opened for the public. It will also be a place for artists to meet and work. http://www.gallerimagnuskarlsson.com/

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