In this year’s summer exhibition at Millesgården, the garden moves into the Art Gallery. When the sculpture park is resplendent with flowers, the flourishing continues indoors where more than 60 works by 20 artists are presented, all featuring floral motifs. Older still lifes hang side by side with works by prominent contemporary artists. In techniques ranging from painting and photography to moving images, there is an abundance of floral imagery that conveys everything from desire and pleasure, to death and transitoriness.
Which flowers have the artists chosen and why? In some of the works the flower world is depicted with scientific precision and in others we see plants that bloom only in the artist’s imagination. Deadly poisonous plants hide in sugary-sweet bouquets. In the works by contemporary artists there are flowers that grow, wither, are picked to pieces, form patterns and reemerge.
Artists in the exhibition: Ivan Aguéli, Roger Andersson, Dick Beer, Saara Ekström, Sven Erixson, Elsa Grünewald, Denise Grünstein, Agda Holst, Eugène Jansson, Gunilla Lagerhem-Ullberg, Henning Malmström, Heikki Marila, Maria Sibylla Merian, Olga Milles, Emma Mulvad, Jenny Nyström, Ewa-Marie Rundquist, Theodor Schröder, Andy Warhol and Frans Ykens.
Älskade Blommor (Beloved Blossoms), 30.5.-30.8.2014, Millesgården (Herserudsvägen 32 | Lidingö, Sweden)
(Saara Ekström: If Inside Is Let In (Moon), C-print, 2007, 75 x 75 cm)