| Martin Jacobson / Forest Path, Strong Light / 2012
22.9 2013 - 16.2 2014
MARTIN JACOBSON / EXCURSIONS
Entering the pictorial world of Martin Jacobson is like stepping into the shades of a magic forest, the traditional folklore site of dangers and adventures or – at times – of escape and refuge. In fairy tales this setting is sometimes peopled by weird animals and plants, by trolls and elves and other curious creatures, but it is not these that we meet in the exhibition Excursions. On the contrary, here we find ourselves travelling through an imaginary landscape where every clearing, lake and tree trunk whispers its secrets.
Artists have painted landscapes since time immemorial. The Greeks and Romans painted wall frescoes of landscape and garden scenes, though the purely landscape tradition declined after the fall of the Roman empire. It was first some centuries later, the 17th century, that saw the birth of classic landscape painting. In the art of Martin Jacobson there are numerous historical references.
The recurring theme is either a forest or single trees and their naked trunks. His pictures give the illusory impression that we are standing on the ground looking up at treetops wrapped in a magic light. His composition is traditional, with foreground, background and a perspective that brings depth to the picture. There are characteristics here of open-air painting, but Jacobson’s colours are strikingly powerful and close to unreality. He recycles his material, takes it to pieces and then brings together disparate pictorial elements, while drawing and painting in ink and watercolour. This is his method for slowly constructing his detailed and imaginary worlds.
Martin Jacobson was born in Stockholm in 1978 where he lives and works. All the works on show here have been created specifically for this exhibition and are displayed for the first time.
Stian Hole / Annas himmel, 2013
22.9 2013 - 16.2 2014
THE PICTURE BOOK IN NEW GUISES
A good illustrated children’s picture book consists of a magical merging of image and text, functioning together to tell a story. For more than six years now the Nordic Watercolour Museum has worked in a range of ways to explore the potential of pictorial story-telling, and this autumn 2013 we are presenting our fourth exhibition on this theme. In the exhibition The picture book in new guises twelve creators of illustrated story books, all from the Nordic countries, will be displaying original illustrations from books most of which were published in the past year and some so new that they have not yet reached the shops.
Our aim is to examine what sort of tales are being told just now and how they are related. The collection is of illustrated works of fiction with in all cases a child’s perspective at their core. The themes treated by the creators of these books include the overcoming of fear, finding time to think, to joke, to tell others about friendship, brothers and sisters, parents, much loved pets, and about attaining a degree of independence. The exhibition The picture book in new guises has been mounted in the museum’s large gallery.
On the floor above a reading room offers visitors the chance to study photos, texts and books by the creators of illustrated books that have been awarded the ALMA Prize (a literary prize in memory of Astrid Lindgren): Kitty Crowther (2010), Shaun Tan (2011) and Isol (2013). Isol is also represented in the museum’s own collection.
Rikke Bakman, Denmark, born 1980
Gry Moursund, Norway, born 1969
Hanne Bartholin, Denmark, born 1962
Joanna Hellgren, Sweden, born 1981
Stian Hole, Norway, born 1969
Mats Jonsson, Sweden, born 1973
Mari Kanstad Johnsen, Norway, born 1981
Klara Persson, Sweden, born 1985
Virpi Talvitie, Finland, born 1961
Rui Tenreiro, Sweden, born 1979
Øyvind Torseter, Norway, born 1972
Kamila Slocinska, Denmark, born 1981