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Focus on Europe: New Objectivities 1919–1939

In the summer, the Gothenburg Museum of Art presents, for the first time in Sweden, a major international exhibition of realist painting from the interwar period.

Focus on Europe. New Objectivities 1919–1939 is a collaboration with the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture on the occasion of Gothenburg’s quatercentenary.

Realistic nudes and portraits, suggestive cityscapes and razor-sharp interiors. Painting in the style of New Objectivity, from the interwar period, expresses the era’s contradictory moods, its faith in the future, its decadence and sense of impending doom. For the first time, Swedish New Objectivity is presented in an international context in which both similarities and national characteristics become apparent. With a comprehensive selection of paintings and works on paper from different countries, the exhibition evokes the dynamic cultural climate of a dramatic epoch.

Works by internationally renowned artists such as Meredith Frampton, Pyke Koch and Christian Schad feature in the exhibition, as well as works by Swedish artists such as Stina Forsell, Arvid Fougstedt and Otte Sköld.

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated exhibition catalogue.

The anniversary exhibition Focus Europe: New Objectivities 1919–1939 has been realized through a donation from the Stena Foundation.

Credits: Carel Willink, Zeppelinaren, 1933, Collection Museum MORE, Gorssel, foto: Peter Cox, © Carel Willink/Bildupphovsrätt 2021.

Credits: Meredith Frampton, En omgång patiens, 1937, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull © the artist’s estate. Photo credit: Bridgeman Images.

Credits: Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Vid kullarna, 1939, Ferens Art Gallery, Ferens upon Hull, © Ferens Art Gallery / © Richard Woodward / Bridgeman Images.