July 10, 2009

Exposition Annan Konst / Other Art

this picture and the next three 
courtesy of murrehund (Flickr, june 2009) ¹

Above picture depicts the entrance of Göteborg Kunstmuseet, Sweden, which in the spring of 2009 had an exposition, entitled Annan Konst (Other art).

Curated by Staffan Backlund and Borghild Häkansson from the Postfuturistic Society, this exposition showed creations by self-taught artists from Sweden, Norway and Finland. Some of these artists also created an art environment.

Here is a small impression of what the expo looked like.

The picture below shows singular architecture by Swedish Jan-Erik Svennberg, who for many years has been active in making 1:10 models of mosques.

The next picture, the man in the blue jacket, is a self-portrait created by Helmer Jarl, also from Sweden.

In the background there are some sculptures of animals, made by Alpo Koivumäki, who is from Finland.

The next picture gives a closer view.

On the picture of the entrance at the top, one can see a sculpture that was exposed on the square on front of the museum. It depicts a dragon and was made by the Swedish outsider artist Leif Andersson from the city of Arjang.

photo by Inga Magnussen

The exposition highlighted creations by self-taught artists from Sweden, Finland and Norway, a number of whom were rather unknown.

A travelling expo

In July and August 2009 the exposition could be visited in Norway (Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal) and from January till March 2010 it was in Vaasa, Finland.

The same exposition, with some works added and renamed Eljest (Other),in the summer of 2010 
(June 12-August 15) could be seen in Stockholm's Liljevalchs Konsthall (the municipal museum)

* Sinziana Ravini "Outside and inside", article (March 2011) in Aftonblattet (Sweden), with some pictures by Veli Grano

* Video by Nordikkulturfondsen (January 2011, YouTube, 3'34")

¹  this link is not operational anymore

Annan Konst
Göteborg , Arendal, Vaasa 
(entitled Eljest, in Stockholm)
Travelling exposition 2009-2010


  1. The animals are beautiful!.... and this exhibition must have been fascinating. It's also brilliant that the exhibition was held, there are so many beautiful things out there being created by 'little folks'... thanks for the links!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Watercats. Yes, the animals look wonderful. Still have to find out who created them. I admire the initiative to make an exposition about the creations of these selftaught artists, many of them being hardly known even to those who are interested in this field.

  3. That is correct Henk. Many of them are hardly known even in their own homeland. With all that wonderful material you have already collected, the idea of a book, some kind of catalogue of outsider artist, could have a fertile soul to grow from.