Dawid: Ex. 28 August - 25 October

Sweden`s first Postmodern Artist

Curated by Greger Ulf Nilson

Link to Exhibition site 

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Dawid (Björn Dawidsson) is one of Sweden’s most respected and well known photo based artists.

The exhibition ”Dawid: Ex.” gives a broad presentation of Dawids work all the way back to the early 80`s. The main body of work are rare Vintage Silver Gelatin Prints but he also shows us recent work where he has utilised the possibilities of digitalisation proving his continous experimentation with both ancient and modern techniques and equipment. Dawid does all the framing himself with self designed frames as he regards the whole piece as an object.

Dawid has been called Sweden´s first post-modern artist and has for over thirty years been making series of photographically based artworks examining the nature of the medium and exploring issues of perception.

He began photographing in the late sixties, documenting incongruous moments with a wry sense of humour, until he established his signature style of stark graphic illustration, initiated by the seminal Rost series. His work often balances on a tight rope between the graphic and the photographic and reflects, criticises and parallels the chequered history and changing status of photography.

A photographic alchemist, intellectual and scientist with a long list of solo exhibitions and group exhibitions including Moderna Museet Stockholm, The National Museum of Art Oslo, Galleri Riis Oslo, Nordic Light Kristiansund, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Swedish Photography Berlin, to name a few. He has published more than 30 personal photobooks and is a collectors choice with his work in prestigeous collections like The National Museum of Art Oslo, Moderna Museet and the Hasselblad Collection to mention a few (Please find lists in the press section) as well as a wide range of private collections.

 

Press Section:

Dawid was born in 1949. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. 

With the exhibition ”Nobody loved me” at Liljevalchs in Stockholm in 1973, Dawid claimed - in opposition to the prevailing documentary ideals - photography as an artistic medium. He experimented early with large negative format and the exhibition RUST on the Photographic Museum of Modern Art in 1983 shook the Swedish photographic scene.

Through a constantly challenging and an important element in Dawid oeuvre is experimentation with photography done without a camera in the form of photograms and others often proprietary methods.

Dawid has since the 1970s been exhibited at leading galleries and institutions in Sweden and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art and Thiel Gallery in Stockholm, Galleri Riis Oslo, Folkwang Museum in Essen and Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany. He has published numerous books and catalogs, and in 2001 appeared in Beautiful Frames on Steidl with lyrics by Michael Mack. He is at the moment working on a large format retrospective book, published by Art and Theory Publishing, which will be released in 2015.

Year 2009 awarded Dawid the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's Grand Prize for ”His artistic achievements and significance in the present”.

For more information please visit : http://www.dawid.nu.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection) :

Rost/Rust, Riga Art Space, Latvia 2014
Abecita Konsthall, Borås, Sweden 2014
MK/AW, Swedish Photography, Berlin, Germany 2013
3D, Landskrona Museum, Sweden 2012-2013
RRR, Swedish photography, Berlin, Germany 2011
Sturehof, Stockholm 2010
Nordic Light, Kristiansund, Norway 2010
Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm 2010
Galleri ikon, Stockholm 2010
Gallery Double Elvis, Stockholm 2010
Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden 2009
LIljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm 2008
Skövde Museum, Sweden 2008
Degeberga Konsthall, Sweden 2006
Kabusa Konsthall, Sweden 2006
Millesgårdens Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2005
Galleri Skarstedt, Stockholm, Sweden 2004
Eyubi, Stockholm, Sweden 2003
Fredriksdals museum, Helsingborg, Sweden 2002
Centre Culturel Su.dois, Paris, France 2002
Stockholm Art Fair 2001
Lydmar Hotell, Stockholm, Sweden 2001
The Pentagram Gallery, London, England 2001
Galerie Priska Pasquer, Köln, Germany 2001
Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway 2000
Life Gallery, Stockholm 2000
Galerie 213, Paris, France 1999
Galleri Annexet, Malmö, Sweden 1998
Galleri UP, Stockholm, Sweden 1998
Galleri Krister Fahl, Stockholm, Sweden 1998
Karlshamns Konsthall, Sweden 1997
Galleri ZEBRA, Kari, Finland 1996
Galleri Krister Fahl, Stockholm 1996
Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway 1995
Galleri UP, Stockholm, Sweden 1995
Fotomässan, Göteborg, Sweden 1995
Upplandsmuseet, Uppsala, Sweden 1994
Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal 1994
Söderhamns Konsthall, Söderhamn, Sweden 1994
Galleri Krister Fahl, Stockholm 1994
Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany 1993
Galleri Nemo, Kiel, Germany 1993
Pieni Agora, Helsinki, Finland 1992
Galleri Wallner, Malmö, Sweden 1992
Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden 1992
Mölndals Konsthall, Mölndal, Sweden 1992
Lido, Stockholm, Sweden 1991
Galleri Nordanstad-Skarstedt, Stockholm, Sweden 1991
Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway 1990
Galleri Wallner, Malmö, Sweden 1989
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden 1989
Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient, France 1989
Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden 1989
Galleri Nemo, Kiel, Germany 1987
Galleri Finnfoto, Helsinki, Finland 1987
Galleri Nordenhake, Malmö, Sweden 1986
Galleri Olsson, Stockholm, Sweden 1986
Centre Culturel Su.dois, Paris, France 1986
Upplands Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden 1985
Galleri BarBar, Stockholm, Sweden 1984
Fotografiska Museet i Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 1983
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden 1982
Galleri Camera Obscura, Stockholm, Sweden 1982
Galleri Camera Obscura, Stockholm, Sweden 1980
Fotograficentrum with Håkan Lind, Stockholm, Sweden 1978
Västerbottens Museum, Umeå, Sweden 1973
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 1973

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

AIPAD, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, New York, US 2014
Moderna Museet, Åter till verkligheten / Reality Revisited, Stockholm, 2009
Brecht-Haus, Fragment, Berlin, Germany 2001
Liljevalch Konsthall, 396 Fotografiska förälskelser, Stockholm, Sweden 2001
P-House, Networking, Tokyo, Japan 1999
ICP, Stranger Than Paradise, New York, USA travelling exh. 1994
Fotografiska Museet i Moderna Museet, Prospekt, Stockholm, Sweden travelling exh. 1993
Liljevalchs Konsthall, De refuserade, Stockholm, Sweden 1993
Museet for samtidskunst, Konkret, Oslo, Norway 1992
Charlottenborg, Nordic, Copenhagen Denmark 1990
Louisiana, Fred, Humlebaek, Denmark 1987
Germans van Eck Gallery, Conversions, New York, UAi 1986
Rotterdamse Kunststichting, Het stilleven in de fotografie, Netherlands 1984
Sveaborg, Valokuva Taiteena, Helsinki, Finland 1984
Walker Art Center, The Frozen Image, Minneapolis, USA (travelling exh.) 1982
Konsthallen, Sju svenska fotografer, Pori, Finland 1981
Moderna Museet, Vargen, Stockholm, Sweden 1975

 

COLLECTIONS:

Absolut Art Collection
Bank of Luxembourg
Bonnier Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
Camera Obscura Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Dorint Collection, Brussells, Belgium
Erling Neby Collection, Oslo, Norway
Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Helsingborgs Museum, Helsingborg, Sweden
Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden
Lasse Åberg Collection, Sweden
Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Manfred Heiting Collection, Germany
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
The National Museum of Art, Oslo
Mölndals Konsthall, Mölndal, Sweden
Nyky taiteen museo, Helsinki, Finland
Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Norway
The Swedish Art Council
The Hasselblad Collection, Göteborg, Sweden
Upplands Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden
Örebro Läns Landsting, Örebro, Sweden


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