In the ancient Roman belief system, it was believed that a guardian spirit embraced all living creatures and places (genius loci). For our very first exhibition we have chose to avail ourselves of art history as an historical appendix to highlight some of the central aspects of the spirit of the place. To show its relevance in our time, 16 contemporary artists illustrated their aspect of the site’s soul and spirit.
An experience of a particular place can consist of the successful blending of the nature, architecture, and art in order to form a whole. It is this blending that was in part the inspiration for Artipelag, with its location surrounded by nature and where the boundaries between outer and inner spaces are not always obvious.
On Location, one component of Genius Loci consisting of work from 16 contemporary artists, demonstrated what Artipelag is through a variety of media such as painting, sculpture, installations, photography, video and mixed-media artwork.
The second part of the exhibition consisted of a historical appendix, where several rooms illuminated differing aspects of place throughout art history. The starting point was Rome, as the city of cities, a city that never lost its soul. Nordic romantic landscape painting that has contributed to our cultural self-image today and images of interiors help us to understand life in evolving modern cities throughout the world. Painting and photography have helped to document the essence and structure of these cities.
The differing rooms dealed with Rome, the landscape, the room and the modern city.
Annika von Hausswolff
Anthonis de Lormes
Carl Fredrik Hill
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Jacob van der Ulft
Lennart af Petersens
Sven X:et Erixon
Thórarinn B. Thórlaksson