Ten by Ten
November 9
— December 21, 2018


Ten by Ten
Painting the One You Love

Love is the common thread in our theme exhibition for the autumn of 2018. First of all, we’re thrilled to be presenting a rare drawing by Henri Matisse. In 1945, using nothing but a few seemingly effortless lines of his pencil, he drew what is in all likelihood a portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, his great love, who would remain his partner from the 40s until the end of his life.

Bror Hjorth’s loving depiction of his son Ole is a portrait of a very different kind. The boy was two years old at the time, and the young family was residing on Skånegatan on Södermalm in Stockholm. His rustic, jolly hues unite the advances of modernism with folk art from times gone by in an altogether unique fashion. You can’t fail to see the warm respect that was shared by Ernst Josephson and his contemporary and friend Jacob Hägg, although their love was of yet another kind. This is a moving and unforgettable portrait of one of Sweden’s greatest painters.

And finally, we’ll be showing a beautiful and ingenious portrayal of unexpected affection between a princess and a bull, by the great sculptor Carl Milles. In this exhibition, we’ll also be presenting another kind of passion: the love of science. Carsten Höller, the art world’s uncrowned king of intoxication and slides, wasn’t always an artist; he started out as a Doctor of Biology. Here, he presents an instalment from his animal series: a red, fascinating octopus. This is a “cousin” of the giraffe we have previously shown here. Also, while we’re on the topic of animals: dachshunds have rarely, if ever, been depicted in such a blissful way as Olle Olsson Hagalund did in his portrait of the girl in the lace apron. Not to mention the intrepid squirrels in Elsa Beskow’s original water colours for Ocke, Nutta och Pillerill (Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip).

And last, but not least, a true gem: an enchanting, punctured, golden painting by Lucio Fontana. An icon with a golden basecoat, but without God. A modernist statement that retains an air of the sacral.

Welcome to the sixth edition of Ten by Ten!