14.10 201827.1 2019

Where life happens

From the museum’s collection

For many people, autumn is the time when everyday life returns. Routines are resumed, the evenings become darker and the rhythm of life picks up once more. But everyday life is different for everyone. Great things emerge from small details.

Everyday life has inspired artists for as long as we can recall. In this autumn’s and winter’s selections from the collection we encounter artists whose works provide an insight into what might be summarised as the daily flow of life. They offer us glimpses of everyday life and tell us of destinies and experiences that sometimes reflect and sometimes contrast completely with our own. Their art is free of grand gestures and instead captures what passes us by in silence. But everyday realism appears in many guises in the works presented. Sometimes the tone is serious and almost sad, sometimes it is humorous and elusive. Everyday life can be quite dramatic, and its joy and tears are reflected in these works.

Participating artists: Knutte Wester, Jan Hietala, Gunnel Wåhlstrand, Vanessa Baird and Kristinn G. Harðarson