An exhibition of artworks and objects where imagination and playfulness gets a lot of space. Symbolic images and surreal compositions mixed with photo-realistic depictions of the world around us. Mette Björnberg, Berta Hansson, Birger Halling and Endre Nemes are some of the artists shown in the exhibition.
When we play, we test our limits and develop our understanding of others and our environment. The exhibition Free Play tells a Swedish history of play with an underlying socio-changing agenda. The exhibition displays contemporary art in relation to a historical archive, including material from The Model. A Model for a Qualitative Society (1968) and The Balloon at Råby (1969). Children's play today is viewed in an international context, in works by Johanna Billing, Gabo Camnitzer, Adelita Husni-Bey, Mats Eriksson Dunér, Priscila Fernandes, Jacob Kirkegaard and Alicja Rogalska.
We all have dreams. But the contents of our dreams can be miles apart. Many people dream of having food on the table, shelter, and a safe place to sleep. Others dream about a new mobile, improving their 10 km track record, having lots of friends, or earning respect. Our goals are based on these dreams. Some goals are easier to reach, others are impossible. We live in a goal-orientated society, a media hubbub that feeds us constantly with new information. On what to dream about, what to like, and what goals to achieve. Some of these goals have become so obvious us that we take them for granted and don’t really think about them.
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.