Abstract art is non-figurative, it doesn’t portray any distinct reality or story. Abstract art may represent that which we can only experience but never understand. It can be approached through mathematics, philosophy and geometry, rather than through figuration. Abstract art can be an object in its own right, or a result of the artist’s desire to create or specify ideas or emotions. The exhibition Abstract – Reflections from the Collection features objects, sculptures, paintings and prints from the Våsterås konstmuseum collection.
The beauty and aesthetic design of Pierre Forssell’s objects arouses our desire to own them. For more than 30 years, he worked at Skultuna Messingsbruk. His typically modernist design contributed to regenerating the company’s image. Forssell’s participation in the Helsingborg Exhibition in 1955 was widely recognised.
The Finnish artist duo IC-98 consists of Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund. Their video work Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons) was bought for the Västerås konstmuseum collection in 2016. It was first exhibited as Finland’s contribution at the Venice Biennale in 2015.