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Land Meets Water

Image: Olaf Otto Becker Sineriaq, Greenland 07/2005 70°25’49’’ N, 51°02’08’’W, © Olaf Otto Becker.

Land Meets Water – European and American Photography from 1860 to the Present
TIME: 29 May–27 September 2015
LOCATION: Artipelag, Värmdö
GUEST CURATOR: Peter Galassi


Land Meets Water – European and American Photography from 1860 to the Present extends a series of exhibitions that Artipelag has devoted to nature and its image in art. This time photography takes centre stage, and the unifying theme is the elemental encounter of land and water, undisturbed by the presence of man.

Guest curator Peter Galassi has assembled more than 300 works, dating from the 1860s to the present, by European (mostly Scandinavian) and American photographers. The exhibition presents photographs by both little-known and celebrated figures, which range in size from small stereographs made in Lappland in 1868 to the large color prints of today.  Significant groups of photographs by Ansel Adams, Lee Friedlander, Knud Knudsen, Axel Lindahl, Sune Jonsson, and Edward Weston are included. Among the contemporary participating artists are Robert Adams, Olaf Otto Becker, Jim Bengston, Lois Conner, Ann Christine Eek, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, and Jem Southam.

Peter Galassi:

“This exhibition is inspired by Artipelag’s extraordinary site. To a newcomer, the most enchanting aspect of Sweden’s natural beauty is the never-ending romance of land and water. Where there is water, there is land: countless islands, peninsulas, and twists and turns of the earth. Where there is land, there is water: rivers, streams, waterfalls, lakes. Throughout its history, photography has captured the elemental encounter of land and water and has recorded its rich variety, from grandeur and terrifying force to utter stillness and nourishing serenity.”


Peter Galassi (born in 1951) was a curator at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for three decades, including twenty years as Chief Curator of Photography  (1991–2011).  At MoMA he organized more than  40 exhibitions, including shows devoted to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Andreas Gursky, Michael Schmidt, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall. Today, Peter Galassi divides his time between New York and Stockholm.

Photographs from Värmdö by Stuart Klipper

In connection with the exhibition, Artipelag commissioned American photographer Stuart Klipper to make color panoramas in the nearby archipelago on the island of Värmdö. Large prints of these photographs are displayed in the space between Artiepelag’s large windows and the temporary walls that protect the photogaphs in the exhibition from the bright sunlight. During the exhibition period, a number of Klipper’s archipelago photographs will be available for purchase in a limited edition at Artipelag.


ADAMS Ansel (USA, 1902-1984)
ADAMS Robert (USA, b. 1937)
ALVENG Dag (Norway, b. 1953)
ANDERSSON Karl Fr. (Sweden, 1865–?)
BECKER Olaf Otto (Germany, b. 1959)
BENGSTON Jim (USA, b. 1942; lives in Oslo)
BENSON Richard (USA, b. 1943)
BULLOCK Wynn (USA, 1902-1975)
CALLAHAN Harry (USA, 1912-1999)
CAPONIGRO Paul (USA, b. 1932)
CONNER Lois (USA, b. 1951)
CONNOR Linda (USA, b. 1944)
COOPER, Thomas Joshua (USA, b. 1946; lives in Edinburgh)
CURMAN Carl (Sweden, 1833-1913)
COLLETT Robert (Norway, 1842-1913)
DÜBEN Lotten von (Sweden, 1828-1915)
EEK Ann Christine (Sweden, b. 1948; lives in Oslo)
ELIASSON Olafur (Denmark and Iceland, b. 1967; lives in Berlin)
FRIEDLANDER Lee (USA, b. 1934)
GURSKY Andreas (Germany, b. 1955)
HILDEBRAND Bror Emil (Sweden, 1856-1944)
JACHNA Joseph (USA, b. 1935)
JONSSON Sune (Sweden, 1930-2009)
KLEIN Kirsten (Denmark, b. 1945)
KLETT Mark (USA, b. 1952)
KLIPPER Stuart (USA, b. 1941)
KNUDSEN Knud (Norway, b. 1832-1915)
KRABBE Thomas Neergaard (Denmark, 1861-1936)
LINDAHL Axel (Sweden, 1841-1906)
NILSSON Pål-Nils (Sweden, 1929-2002)
NIXON Nicholas (USA, b. 1947)
O’SULLIVAN Timothy (USA, b. in Ireland, 1840-1882)
PORTER Eliot (USA, 1901-1990)
SOUTHAM Jem (England, b. 1950)
SZARKOWSKI John (USA, 1925-2007)
WATKINS Carleton E. (USA, 1829-1916)
WESTON Brett (USA, 1911-1983)
WESTON Edward (USA, 1886-1958)
WHITE Minor (USA, 1908-1976)
ZEITLER Hendrik (Germany, b. 1975; lives in Sweden)


The press preview takes place on Thursday 28 May, 11 am–1 pm at Artipelag in the presence of Peter Galassi and several of the participating artists.
A light lunch will be served. There will be interview opportunities. When registering for the press preview, please advise if you wish to conduct an interview.

HANDOUT: Texts on the artists and their exhibited works are available in a handout, included in the admission fee.

TRANSPORT: A free Artipelag bus leaves Vasagatan outside the Central Station at 10:30 am for Artipelag. From Artipelag: 1:30 pm back to Vasagatan.
With car from Stockholm: The car journey from central Stockholm takes approx. 20 minutes. Take road 222 towards Gustavsberg and follow the signs.

RSVP latest 22 May to NB: Please register for the bus.

PRESS PHOTO: Olaf Otto Becker Sineriaq, Greenland 07/2005 70°25’49’’ N, 51°02’08’’W, © Olaf Otto Becker.

PRESSIMAGES: Download press images here

PRESS CONTACT: Maria Rosén +46 72 244 22 38