Nature Morte

7 May 2016 – 28 Aug 2016

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In Nature Morte, the Art Gallery´s major summer exhibition, we encounter a large number of international and Nordic contemporary artists showing works that relate to a still life tradition.


Altogether 70 artists are included in the exhibition, many internationally known as Mat Collishaw, Michael Craig-Martin, Cecilia Edefalk, Saara Ekström, Gabriel Orosco, Marc Quinn, Jennifer Steinkamp, Cindy Wright and more.

Still life

Still life as a genre is often associated with works from artists of the 1500s and 1600s, but is also highly relevant in a contemporary artistic practice. The genre is a fundamental theme in art and inexhaustible source of new interpretations and documentations of our world and its transience – a memento mori. The exhibition brings together “old masters” from the Bohusläns museum art collection, known as the Johnson collection of contemporary expression.

Older art / contemporary expression

In still life tradition there are different themes reflecting classic motif worlds -flora, fauna, house and home, food and mortality are found in the exhibition. A variety of techniques are represented, from painting, drawing, photography, sculpture to video. The exhibition explores timeless themes of life, death and the passing of time – work that invites us to stop and think about what it means to be human.

The exhibition has previously been shown in Stavanger, Norway, and will proceed to England and Germany. At each new exhibit space contemporary artists from the region are invited. Curators of the exhibition is Michal Petry and Roberto Ekholm, also active as artists. Agneta von Zeipel has been co-curator of the Swedish selection. A richly illustrated book about the exhibition, published by Thames & Hudson with brief introductions and a rich visual material is available in the museum shop.

Participating artists

Peter Abrahams * Mats Adelman * Sue Arrowsmith * Annie Attridge * Anna Camner * Aziz + Cucher * Conrad Bakker * Barnaby Barford * Filippa Barkman * Berthold Bell * Ernst Billgren * Jan Kjetil Bjørheim * Elaine Bradford * Per Christian Brown * Mat Collishaw * Marcus Cope * Michael Craig-Martin * John Dugdale Cecilia Edefalk * Roberto Ekholm * Saara Ekström * Nancy Fouts * Nick Fox * Anya Gallaccio * Ana Genovés * Ori Gersht * Rigoberto A. Gonzalez Cynthia Greig * Martin Gustavsson * Jefferson Hayman * Paul Hazelton * *Todd Hebert * Renata Hegyi * Jim Hodges * Bill Jacobson * Alexander James * Peter Jones * Darren Jones * Edward Kay * Rob Kesseler * Sally Kindberg * Klara Kristalova * Jone Kvie * Alana Lake * Matt Leiderstam * Janne Malmros * Carol Marin-Pache * Livia Marin * Nils-Erik Mattsson *  Caroline McCarthy * Damien Meade * John Mitchell * Polly Morgan *  Museum Clausum * Dermot O’Brien * Gabriel Orozco Bruno Pacheco * Dan Guillaume * Paris Perrin * Michael Petry * Philip Pirolo * Marc Quinn * Victoria Reynolds * Eric Rhein * Miho Sato * Rebecca Scott * Andro Semeiko * Jane Simpson * Jim Skull * Matt Smith * Rob Smith * Jennifer Steinkamp * Richard Stone * Yuken Teruya * Maciej Urbanek * Mathew Weir * James White * Kraig Wilson * Cindy Wright


Roberto Ekholm

Roberto Ekholm

Agneta von Zeipel

Michael Petry

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Cindy Wright

Ana Genovés

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