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Ulf Rollof


Ulf Rollof stands as a luminary in the realm of contemporary art, his name resounding across continents and cultures. With a career spanning decades, Rollof has captivated audiences worldwide with his profound exploration of existential themes and his relentless pursuit of diverse perspectives.

Born in 1961, Rollof's artistic journey started with a natural curiosity and relentless thirst for understanding. His work swiftly garnered international recognition, a testament to his distinctive voice and unwavering commitment to shed light on the human experience. Exhibiting prolifically across the globe, from Europe to Latin America, Canada to Japan, and India, Rollof's art transcends borders, inviting viewers into a world of introspection and contemplation.

In 1992, Rollof's work was thrust into the spotlight at documenta IX in Kassel, a seminal moment marking his ascent onto the international stage. A major presentation at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1999 and a celebrated showcase at MUAC in Mexico City in 2009, further cemented his status as a visionary artist of unparalleled depth and resonance.

Moreover, Rollof's work has found a permanent home in prestigious public collections worldwide. His art graces the walls of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, MUAC in Mexico City, SMAK (Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst) in Belgium and at Statens Konstråd in Sweden, a testament to the significance of his contributions to contemporary art.

Central to Rollof's artistic vision is an unwavering exploration of existential questions, from powerlessness and loneliness to transience and the unpredictable nature of life itself. Through his work, he confronts both natural disasters and social catastrophes, inviting viewers to confront the rigid forces that shape our existence.

Rollof's art serves as a mirror to humanity, probing the complexity of our relationship with nature and the enigmatic reality that lies beyond our comprehension. He challenges conventional perspectives, urging viewers to embrace uncertainty and complexity in their understanding of the world.

At the heart of Rollof's creative process lies an acute sensitivity to the present moment. Drawing inspiration from the here and now, he approaches each artistic endeavor with curiosity, openness, and courage. Rather than imposing judgment, Rollof allows himself to be guided by the nuances of his surroundings, transforming the obvious into something larger and more profound.

For Rollof, being an artist is an ongoing journey of discovery, a relentless quest to broaden perspectives and transcend boundaries. His legacy endures as a testament to the transformative power of art, inspiring generations to come to embrace the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

Selected press

SR: Akut Ulf Rollof på Moderna Museet
Insite Art: Ulf Rollof & Michael Schnorr, Abandonado II, 1994 (interview)
Audioboom: Interview with Ulf Rollof
Expressen: Peter Cornell ser Ulf Rollos utställning på Moderna museet
Moderna Museet: Ulf Rollof & Hans Ruin | Artist talk | Livet självt
DN: Ulf Rollof: ”Akut” på Moderna museet i Malmö

Selected Works


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