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Exhibition at the Gothenburg Museum of Art

The Canon: Perspectives on Swedish Art Historiography

A new research project investigates how a canon of Swedish art history was created and how it has been transformed.

The Canon: Perspectives on Swedish Art Historiography is a research project carried out by the Gothenburg Museum of Art in collaboration with Norrköpings Konstmuseum and the University of Gothenburg. The project is published in the tenth issue of the museum’s publication series Skiascope.

Based on the collections and history of the Gothenburg Museum of Art and Norrköpings Konstmuseum, the research project investigates how a canon of Swedish art history was created and how it has been transformed. The Swedish canon of art history and its boundaries are discussed with some illustrative examples.

In connection with the project, a track through the collection display has been created to illuminate the collection in the light of the perspectives discussed in the research project. A pamphlet with texts about selected artworks gives the visitor an opportunity to meet both familiar and unknown works in a new light.

Credits: Martina Müntzing, Farväl till en utsikt, 2020, Göteborgs konstmuseum.