Kristina Jansson

Galerie Aronowitsch

Two of the thirteen paintings in Kristina Jansson’s captivating exhibition take their titles from Mensch und Sonne, Hans Surén’s 1924 book of photographs that campaigned for the utopist benefits of a nudist life. These monumental paintings are architectural scenes of an interior and an exterior conceivably from the same sanctuary for pleasure-seeking. Both the sun-drenched exterior and the murky indoors show Jansson’s persuasive ability to paint with a mixed bouquet of opulence and decadence. With this conceit of hedonism in full play, Surén helps Jansson with the heavy lifting. A former officer in the German Army, undoubtedly influenced by his colonial service in the tropics, Surén used his camera to re-create scenes from the naked and blithe life of Germanic tribes prior to their contact with the more reticent Christian civilization. His pictures present oiled Aryan sun worshippers

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