Thursday, October 25, 2012

Moment - Gerry Johansson exhibition, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Gerry Johansson
Kurze strasse / Bussestrasse, Luckenwalde, 2009
© Gerry Johansson

Gerry Johansson
Salzufler Allé, Luckenwalde, 2011
© Gerry Johansson

Dates: Stockholm 27 October 2012 - 6 January 2013
Moderna Museet website
Gerry Johansson website


For Gerry Johansson, the project Luckenwalde (2009, 2011–12) began with a conversation in 1986 between him and Dick Bengtsson, when he was commissioned to portray the artist. Dick Bengtsson’s series of paintings with swastikas includes the diptych Hat and Cap Factory (1969) in the Moderna Museet collection. The painting is based on a black-and-white photograph in a Swedish encyclopaedia, Svensk Uppslagsbok (1947–55), of the architect Erich Mendelsohn’s modernist factory building in Luckenwalde, an industrial town 50 kilometers south of Berlin. 

In this project, we learn more about Luckenwalde’s social housing programme and about the Herrman family; the factory owners who were forced to sell the factory due to their Jewish heritage. We learn about the reason for the unusual design of the building, and about the hat manufacturer’s continued enterprise during and after World War II until its bankruptcy in 1990. 

Gerry Johansson
Hat factory, 2012
© Gerry Johansson

Gerry Johansson
Hattfabriken, 2012
© Gerry Johansson

Gerry Johansson ( (b. 1945) is one of Sweden's most important contemporary photographers. He studied at the School of Industrial Design in Gothenburg followed by 15 years of work as a graphic designer. 
Gerry Johansson
Dick Bengtsson, 1986
© Gerry Johansson

In the mid 1980s, he began his practice as an independent photographer. Throughout his career he has been working in the classical black-and-white tradition with focus on cities and landscapes. Johansson published some twenty books, among them Amerika: Fotografier (1998), Sverige (2005), Ulan Bator (2009), Öglunda (2011) and Deutschland (2012). 


Gerry Johansson
Kleine Weinbergstrasse, Luckenwalde, 2009
© Gerry Johansson
Gerry Johansson
Shieferling, Luckenwalde, 2011
© Gerry Johansson

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oj, kul! Den måste man ju se..

/mats ä