We are proud to present the fifth Ten by Ten exhibition since the founding of CFHILL. For this format, we select ten key works by ten different esteemed artists. In this year’s edition, works are brought together from a time span that stretches from classic masters like Anders Zorn and Johan Fredric Wejssenburg to contemporary superstars like Carsten Höller and Yayoi Kusama. This year marks the first time that this exhibition is shown in our new palatial premises by Kungsträdgården.
– We’re very pleased with this presentational idea, which is perhaps a little unorthodox in that it mixes different times and styles. The unifying theme of the exhibition is quality; these works are all highlights of the oeuvres they are taken from. This makes it a very luxurious art experience, explains Anna-Karin Pusic, CFHILL founder and art specialist.
One the featured works has a particularly exciting history:
Gösta Adrian-Nilsson’s (1884–1965) Fulla fat och tomma fat (Full Plates and Empty Plates), from 1937. The background story behind this diptych of clever, and monumental, linocuts involves the building of Stora Hotellet in Örnsköldsvik that same year. Örnsköldsvik was a flourishing town at the time, with several profitable industries. Due to the many business travellers who visited the town, a new hotel was needed, and when it was built, GAN was commissioned to create special artworks for the restaurant. The results were imposing, and inventive, and display the artist’s outstanding proficiency with the cubist idiom.
Ten by Ten, spring of 2018. Other works featured in the exhibition:
Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) Concetto Spaziale, Attese 1960 Watercolour on canvas, 27 x 19 cm, Signed l. Fontana and with title on verso. One of the true post-war greats. His incised canvases broke new ground when they first appeared in 1949. This particular one is small, but impressively radiant, and features a single, dramatic incision.
Sven X:et Erixson (1899–1970), I parken (In the Park), Mosebacke square, Stockholm, 1933, is a snapshot of a happy, innocent time in the capital. Flowers, pushchairs, infants, friends, and park workers mill around in this adorable piece by one of the great Swedish visual storytellers of the day.
Johan Fredric Wejssenburg. Masterpiece, 1795. This is an extraordinary object: an extravagant piece of furniture by the late 18th century master. A style that emphasised grandeur, monumentality, and masculinity had just begun to replace the more delicate tastes of the Gustavian era. This antique is a first-rate piece of history and craftsmanship, and CFHILL is particularly proud to be presenting it.