In late autumn 1986, I staged my first solo show in the gallery of the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm: the Exhibition and Life. My collected body of work as a fifth year student was brought down onto the gallery floor – unsorted – and the exhibition took shape continuously until the finissage. The title was suggested by my firstborn, then six-and-a-half years old.
In the early summer of 2022, the Exhibition and Life (reconsidered) reflected that process, using studio works from the last few decades as material. Again, the exhibition was in constant change – as life itself. For a deepened experience, visitors and guests were invited to take part; by (re)curating and (re)arranging, by interventions and performances of their own, as well as in shared reflections and public talks. The concept – untried before, as far as I know – proved productive. The experience stays with me, as defining as the original one; a lasting joy, and a responsibility to cherish.
The process was documented day by day – to follow, please click photo icons below!
Day 1-6 (Tuesday May 10 – Sunday May 15)
Day 7-13 (Monday May 16th – Sunday May 22nd)
Day 14-20 (Monday May 23rd – Sunday May 29th)
Day 21-27 (Monday May 30th – Sunday June 5th)