1990 – 1991 Post M.F.A. Studies, Royal College of Art, London – Sculpture
1983 – 89 M.F.A. The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden - Painting
1982 – 83 B.F.A. Gothenburg Art College, Gothenburg, Sweden
2016 The Garden Party – samtida svensk skulptur, Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Du är redan här, Rymd, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Fashion & Performance, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia
2015 The 10th Shanghai Biennale, China
2014 The water event, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
2013 The water event, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
2013 The water event, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
2012 Platsens själ, ARTIPELAG, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Platsens själ, ARTIPELAG, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Glasstress 2011, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2011 Hang, Fondazione Orsi, Milan, Italy
2010 Darker than Night, Casino Metropolitano, Mexico City, Mexico
2010 Disidentifikation, Göteborgs konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
2009 Tracking Traces, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Mythos Kindheit, Hus für Kunst, Uri, Switzerland
2009 Mythos Kindheit, CCA Andratx in Mallorca, Spain
2008 State of Mind, Christian Larsen, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Give Me Shelter, Attingham Park, Shropshire, U.K.
2008 Modern Love, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
2008 Borås International Sculpture Festival, Borås, Sweden
2008 Swedish Self-Portraits, Mjellby Art Museum, Halmstad, Sweden
2007 Linnéa, Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
2007 Inaugural Exhibition, Drawing Museum, Laholm, Sweden
2007 Som du ser mig – portratt från samlingen, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
2007 Charlotte Gyllenhammar, New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Roche Court, Wiltshire, U.K.
2007 Rock ‘n Roll Vol .I, Norrköping Museum of Art, Norrköping, Sweden
2007 Rock ´n Roll Vol. I, Sørlandet Art Museum, Kristiansand, Norway
2006 Paris Photo – Invitational for the Nordic Countries, Central Exhibition –Photographer Representing Sweden, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2006 Insomnia (including Ann-Sofi Sidén, Hanna Hartman), Moviken Art, Hudiksvall, Sweden
2005 Amory Show, Galleri Charlotte Lund, New York City, U.S.A.
2005 Scandinavian Photography 1: Sweden, Faulconer Gallery, Grinell College, Grinell, Iowa, U.S.A.
2004 Dwellan, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
2004 Umedalen Skulptur 10th Anniversary, Umedalen Sculpture Park, Umeå, Sweden
2004 European Space - Sculpture Quadrennial (Representing Sweden), Riga, Latvia
2004 EgÄntligen Hemma, Traveling Exhibition: Bohusläns Exhibition Hall, Uddevalla; Nacka Exhibition Hall, Nacka; Skövde Exhibition Hall, Skövde, Sweden
2003 Le songe d’ une d’ été, Swedish Institute, Paris, France (Curator: David Neuman)
2003 Contemporary Art from Sweden, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
2002 Airborne, Milanda Exhibition Hall, Sundsvall, Sweden
2002 Extension, Work from the Collection, Magasin 3 Stockholm Exhibition Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Ur Museets Samling, Västerås Art Museum, Västerås, Sweden
2002 Vertigo, Wanås 2002; Ann Hamilton and Charlotte Gyllenhammar, The Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
2000 The Estrand Foundation Art Prize, Rooseum Exhibition Hall, Malmö, Sweden
1999 Officina Europa, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
1999 So Far Away, So Close, Encore, Bruxelles/Espace Méridian, Brussels, Belgium (Curator: Michael Tarantino)
1998 Icegarden, Berry House, London, England
1998 Start' 98, The Culture Capital Year, Stockholm, Sweden (Curator: Mårten Castenfors)
1996 Carl von, Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
1995 Streets, Helsinki Exhibition Hall, Helsinki, Finland
1994 Jorden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (Curator: Pontus Hultén)
1993 Spelets regler, Kulturhuset/Sergelstorg, Stockholm, Sweden (Curators: Felix Gmelin & Jan Svenungsson)
1993 Prix UNESCO pour la promotion des arts, UNESCO Building, Paris, France
1993 Jewish Center's 30-Year Jubilee, Jewish Center, Stockholm, Sweden
1993 Udsyn, med Moderna Museet in i 90-talet, National Art Association, Copenhagen, Denmark
1993 Tre möten med Bror Hjorth, Bror Hjorth House, Uppsala, Sweden
1993 Triptyk, (performance), Modern Dance Theater, Stockholm, Sweden
1993 Yttervärlden är innervärlden är yttervärlden, Lunds Exhibition Hall, Lund, Sweden (Catalogue: Daniel Birnbaum)
1993 Nyköp, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1992 Dead Darlings, Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
1992 Identitet, Galleri Enkehuset, Stockholm, Sweden
1991 Enigma, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
1991 Pliable Patience, Royal College of Art, London, U.K.
1989 Konstnationalen, Globen, Stockholm, Sweden
1989 Avgång, Carl Milles Studio (Millesgården), Stockholm, Sweden
1988 Skulptur - 88, Linköping's Garden Association, Linköping, Sweden
1988 SUB 117, (Site specific exhibition in a military shelter), Stockholm, Sweden
1987 Fyra unga, Landskrona Exhibition Hall, Landskrona, Sweden
1987 Fyra unga, Galleri Astley Nylén, Uttersberg, Sweden
2016 Charlotte Gyllenhamma, Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamn, Sweden
2015 Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden
2015 Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenborg, Sweden
2014 Night, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Stenens mun, Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum
2011 Revisit, Wanås Foundation, Knislinge , Sweden
2011 Charlotte Gyllenhammar, House of Sweden, Washington DC, U.S.A.
2009 Deformation, Christian Larsen, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 B-Head, SAK Gallery (Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening), Stockholm, Sweden
2007 Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Swarovski Krystalwelten, Wattens, Austria
2006 Hang, Dep,art,ment, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 På Mattan (Artist of the Year), Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Båstad, Sweden
2006 Drawings, Mårtenson & Persson Gallery, Torekov, Sweden
2005 Private Idiot, Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
2005 Private Idiot, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden
2004 Private Idiot, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (publication of Charlotte Gyllenhammar book (Carlsson bokförlag), Texts: Donna de Salvo and Håkan Nilsson) Exhibition of the Year
2003 Obstacles and Disguises, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 The Spectators, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (Curator: Cecilia Widenheim)
2001 Fall, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
1999 Fall, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
1999 Belle, Carl Milles Studio (Millesgården), Stockholm, Sweden
1998 Disobedience, Galleri Rix, Linköping, Sweden
1998 Belle, Caisse des dépôts et consignations, Paris, France
1997 Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Svenska Dagbladet Newspaper Internet Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 The Unlikeness II in Miniature, Arch Galleri, Kalmar, Sweden
1996 The Unlikeness, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
1996 The Unlikeness II, Maneten, Gothenburg, Sweden
1994 Self-Portrait, Mölndals Exhibition Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden
1993 Haunted, Carl Milles Studio (Millesgården), Stockholm, Sweden
2014 Hyllie, Malmö, Sweden
2012 Studium, Oslo University, Norway
2009 Pilgrims altare, Linköping Cathedral, Linköping, Sweden
2007 Raoul Wallenberg Memorial, Commission from the City of Gothenburg, Sweden
2006 Wonder, Foreign Policy Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 Ute, (permanent installation in bronze), Borås, Sweden
2006 På Mattan, Akademiska Hus, Sweden
2001 Absorbed, Stockholm University Campus, Stockholm, Sweden
Aaron Levine, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Anthony T. Podesta, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Bo Ahlstrand, Stockholm, Sweden
Bonnier Cooperation, Stockholm, Sweden
Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
Brommastaden AB, Stockholm, Sweden
Catella Capital Administration
Didier Kahn, Paris, France
Eriksberg's Administration, Gothenburg, Sweden
European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg-Post, Gothenburg, Sweden
Jan Widlund, Stockholm, Sweden
Jeanette Bonnier, Stockholm, Sweden
KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
Lisa and Tom Blumenthal, Boston, U.S.A.
Magasin 3 Stockholm Exhibition Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Mario Testino, London, U.K.
Matthew C. and Iris Strauss, Solana Beach, U.S.A.
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
St. Erik's Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm Art Council, Stockholm, Sweden
Uppsala Kommun, Sweden
Västerås Art Museum, Vasterås, Sweden
Wanås Foundation Exhibitions, Knislinge, Sweden
This text is an excerpt from the book entitled Charlotte Gyllenhammar, published in conjunction with the Private Idiot exhibition at Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Charlotte Gyllenhammar’s artistry is among the most idiosyncratic and expressive within contemporary Swedish art. Many of her works represent states of mind or highly emotionally charged situations that often provoke in the viewer a reaction of creeping anxiety and fascination.
Ever since the early 1990s, she has shown impressive consistency in exploring issues central to the question of identity and the conditions governing artistic creativity. Her art keeps returning to themes such as falling, the borders between outer and inner space, the limits of the private sphere, lack of freedom, memories and threatening images. She also frequently touches on concepts such as beauty and femininity.
Her art is imbued with a recurring surrealistic aspect – an aspect that nevertheless remains extremely subtle. Her imagery is not surrealist in the traditional sense, but rather uses a sense of disorientation to introduce or suggest alternative states. The full impact of these is felt if you allow the work to take possession.
Although originally trained as a painter, Gyllenhammar has increasingly moved in the direction of film and three-dimensional installations. Her painting has escaped its frame and taken over the entire room. She made her debut with Bursting in 1991 – a work that attracted widespread attention and that could be considered a violent attack directed against a woman. The work is further developed in the current exhibition – but this time it is public space that comes under attack.
In 1993 she suspended a 120 years-old oak tree upside down above Stockholm’s Drottninggatan. She called the piece Die for You. The upside-down body recurs in several of her pieces. One such work is Fall (1999) in which a woman is suspended upside down. The skirt, billowing around her, suggests a flower or a vagina. In Vertigo (2002), a permanent installation at Wanås in Skåne, Gyllenhammar blasted a chamber deep below ground, then faithfully recreated her studio in it – only upside down. The visitor finds himself walking on the ceiling and contemplating furniture and other objects suspended from the floor.
In recent years, Gyllenhammar’s installations have come to include snippets of newsreels. Her exhibition Obstacles and Disguises (2004) at Galleri Charlotte Lund in Stockholm shows German policemen, armed and in disguise, moving stealthily over the rooftops of the Olympic village in Munich 30 years ago. Palestinian terrorists are holding Israeli athletes hostage. The attempt to free them ends in disaster – all hostages are killed. The games have been transformed into terror and fear. In an adjoining room, a sculpture of a young girl wearing gym shorts hangs quietly from her knees in a trapeze.
The exhibition private idiot is a co-production between Kulturhuset Stockholm and Dunkers Kulturhus. Charlotte Gyllenhammar got the idea for the title when she read that the word ”private” – in the sense of solitary or particular – is ”idiot” in Greek. At the same time, ”private” in English refers to an enlisted soldier – i.e. someone of low rank. These references may be interpreted in a variety of ways. The hostage theme is again taken up in the current exhibition. Another theme is that of ”bedroom community”, where Gyllenhammar represents states of sleep, unconsciousness and anesthesia.
Several new pieces have been produced especially for the current exhibition, which also contains some of her earlier works. The art of Charlotte Gyllenhammar has never been the subject of a major publication or catalogue. Kulturhuset Stockholm and Dunkers Kulturhusare therefore delighted to be able to offer the present joint publication. We are pleased to include two insightful essays written especially for the occasion by Donna De Salvo and Håkan Nilsson, respectively.
Our heartfelt thanks to the authors. We would like to thank all those involved in the exhibition and the publication at both institutions, especially Evalena Lidman and Sophie Lönn. Our thanks also to designers Boris Bencic and Anna Gunneström for giving the publication an attractive and exciting design. Special thanks to the publisher, Trygve Carlsson, for stimulating collaboration.
Finally, our thanks to Charlotte Gyllenhammar for enthusiastically contributing four new and specially created pieces for private idiot – works that we are proud and happy to be able to show. Her deep commitment to the publication has also been an essential contribution to its final form.
Margareta Zetterström Chief Curator, Kulturhuset Stockholm
Magnus Jensner Chief Curator, Dunkers Kulturhus