29 August - 27 September, 2009
Lars Bohman Gallery
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Lars Bohman Gallery is pleased to start up the autumn season with Lena Cronqvist. The exhibition, her sixth at the gallery, consists of an extensive selection of her printed works between the years 1974 and 2009, as well as new bronze sculptures.

Lena Cronqvist is one of Sweden's most appreciated and well-known artists and has since her debut in Stockholm in 1965 exhibited widely in Sweden and abroad. Ever since her debut Lena Cronqvist has recurrently worked with multifaceted and existential themes, such as love and hate, happiness and sorrow, loss and loneliness. Sometimes with a mocking touch, and other times with a crude nakedness, the works always grow from a personal experience. Despite their private nature, the works communicate a universal experience, where the story of the particular tells the story of the general.

Lena Cronqvist invites us to botanise in the garden of life, where we meet playing children, birds' skeletons, self-portraits, bathing girls and ageing parents. Olle Granath writes in the new book; "There is a difference in regarding death as a terminus, an inevitable goal for life, and seeing it as something constantly present, to make it a part of what makes us alive." And maybe therein we find one of the artist's strengths, she reminds us of the delicacy of life and makes us feel its nerve.

In conjunction with the exhibition the gallery has published a catalogue raisonné with the artist's complete printed production from the seventies up until today. The book, Lena Cronqvist Copper Plate Prints 1974-2009, begins with an extensive text by Olle Granath.

Lena Cronqvist was born in 1938 in Karlstad, now she lives and works in Stockholm and in the island of Koster. She received her artistic training at the National College of Arts Crafts and Design (1958-59), and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm (1959-1964). Since 1977 Lena Cronqvist is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts.

Lena Cronqvist has had numerous solo exhibitions including several retrospectives at, among others, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm; Galleri F15, Moss, Norway; Nordens Hus, Reykjavik, Iceland; The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm; Borås Konstmuseum, Borås; Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping; Lunds Konsthall; Lund; Skövde Konsthall, Skövde; Tricia Collins Contemporary Art, New York. She has also participated in group shows in Sweden, Mexico, Paris, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Brazil, China, India and Egypt, among others.

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