Öyvind Fahlström

Uppsala Konstmuseum

This large retrospective of Oyvind Fahlström’s work, curated by Thomas Nordanstad and Deborah Thompson, traces the development of the idea of the artwork as a game from the early abstract canvases, to the multivalent paintings from the ’60s (in which one can discern a shift from the abstract to the figurative), and finally to the Monopoly games and installations from the early ’70s. In addition to the retrospective, the critic John Peter Nilsson organized an exhibition that examined the influence of Fahlström on Swedish art. Works by Maya Eizin, Lars Hillersberg, Joakim Pirinen, Carsten Regild, Martin Wickström, and Ola Åstrand demonstrate how different aspects of Fahlström’s art have been adopted and developed since his death.

Fahlström’s works give expression to the kind of commitment that verges on mania. His maps, Monopoly boards, and variable paintings are no irresponsible fantasy

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