Rolf Hanson

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

When one considers that these works are executed at a scale unique in modern Swedish painting and have a heavy materiality definitely rooted in postwar American art, it seems awkward to talk of Symbolism. Still, this is what one must do when confronted with the 33-yearold Swedish painter Rolf Hanson’s large, extremely flamboyant oil paintings.

This show comprised works painted between 1982 and 1985, many of which are composed of three or four heavy wood panels inserted into black frames. The elaborate early abstractions are pervaded by a stifled erotic energy engendered by skillfully handled bodies of color that pulse against one another. Next followed a number of works in which the surface’s violent movement seems to merge the heavy forms into a slow, darkly scintillating lava flow In the most recent and formally complex paintings—such as the demoniacally beautiful Cousnoun, 1985—the soft

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