3 October - 8 November, 2009
Lars Bohman Gallery
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Lars Bohman Gallery is proud to present the new exhibition "Vår tanks på 80-talet" by Ernst Billgren. The show consists of a selection of the artist s production from the 1980s, accompanied by a series of new works. In conjunction with the show, where the Billgren of today meets the Billgren of the 1980s, the gallery has produced a catalogue with texts by Sophie Allgårdh, Bo Nilsson and Leif Nylén.

Ernst Billgren is one of our most appreciated and reknown artists. In his rich imagery historic and art historic references reign together with mythology and drama. He creates dream-like yet very precise worlds, inhabited by humans and Nordic animals. In spite these somewhat traditional ingredients, Ernst Billgren succeeds in altering our ideas and most often he makes us question our conceptions - and what we actually thought that we just saw.

The nature, that the artists often returns to, is aptly commented upon by Bo Nilsson in the new catalogue;
"In this nature there is a nature poetry that is closely connected with the national soul, where the nature expresses a Nordic mentality. Nature appears as a sounding board for the human psyche in the Nordic cultural circle. Ernst Billgren manages in a peculiar way to syntethise all these different impulses and phenomena to something that transcends its origin and becomes greater than the sum of the different parts."

On the opening of the exhibition the gallery, in conjunction with Bokförlaget Langenskiöld, presents a cassette, signed and numbered by Ernst Billgren, and including the exhibition catalogue, Billgren s new autobiographic novel Prinsen på Lindholmen and Vad är konst?.

Ernst Billgren was born in Stockholm 1957 where he lives and works. He attended Valands Konsthögskola during the 1980s where he was later appointed professor, and he is since 1997 elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. He has had numerous solo shows in Sweden and abroad and he is represented at, among others, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kiasma, Helsinki, and Museet for samtidskunst in Oslo.

For further information, please contact the gallery.