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Charlotte Gyllenhammar - Artists -

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Charlotte Gyllenhammar’s artistry is among the most idiosyncratic and expressive within contemporary Swedish art. Many of her works represent states of mind or highly emotionally charged situations that often provoke in the viewer a reaction of anxiety and fascination. Since the early 1990s, she has shown impressive consistency in exploring issues central to the question of identity and the conditions governing artistic creativity. Her art keeps returning to themes such as gravity, the borders between outer and inner space, lack of freedom, memories, and threatening images. She also frequently touches on concepts such as power and vulnerability, beauty and femininity.


Gyllenhammar’s most well-known works include the hanging Oaktree ‘Die for You’, 1993, placed in the city center of Stockholm; ‘Bursting’, 1991, depicting a crime scene; and the different variations of a woman hanging upside-down as in ‘Fall’, 1999, ‘Hang’, 2006/2011 and ‘Human Load’, 2014. Gyllenhammar has made several public artworks among them 'Meteorite', 2017, University of Lund, '&child', 2016 and 'Mother', 2014, in Malmö, Sweden. One of Gyllenhammar’s most recent public works 'Giant', 2018, will be shown at the Open Art Biennale in Örebro, Sweden, during the summer of 2019. 


Charlotte Gyllenhammar (b. 1963) studied at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and at the Royal College of Art, London. Her works have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Fotografiska, Stockholm, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg and Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden, Munkeruphus Museum, Danmark and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Paris, France, among others. Group exhibitions include the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, and at the Venice Biennale, Italy, in 2011. Her works are represented in prestigious private and public collections worldwide.


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