Contemporary art

Face the Collection

3 December 2016 - 27 February 2017

Face the Collection

In the exhibition "Face the Collection" two artists - Bettina von Zwehl and Trish Morrissey, explore our museum collection from an artistic perspective. Like many other museums Bohusläns museum has a large collection of artifacts rarely shown in public. Today, many museums are opening up their collections for artistic studies through residencies.

During 2015-16, von Zwehl and Morrissey where invited to an art residency at The Contemporary Art Gallery, which means that they have been working on site at Bohusläns museum for a period of time. In the exhibit “Face the Collection”, the artists show works created during the residency period and a selection of earlier works. The exhibit offers many exciting and strange encounters in time and space.

Bettina von Zwehl

Bettina von Zwehl is acclaimed for her delicately made photographic portraits. Over the years she has experimented with the development of portrait photography. Her recent projects connect to the tradition of painted miniature portraits. Bettina von Zwehl has previously had an art residency at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Freud Museum in London.
In the exhibition “Face the Collection”, she explores the child’s relationship to the older objects and stuffed animals in a series of photographs. The project is called “Bloodlines”.
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Slideshow: Rosa (Python Regius) 2016, Sari (Lampropeltis Triangulum Nelsoni) 2016, Laments, Part2, 2014, Laments, Part 5, 2014

Trish Morrissey

Trish Morrissey primarily works with photography and video. She has held several art residencies at major museums, the latest at the Serlachius Fine Art Foundation, Mänttä, Finland. She works with recurring issues about gender and often places herself in images. With humor as a method she examines the limits of photography and captures the encounter between the past and present. In a recent work Morrissey recreated a number of photographs depicting twins from Stenungsund. The work is entitled “Rosa and Irma.”

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Slideshow: Roses, 2016, Party, 2016, Hayley Coles, June 17th, 2006 (from the series Front), July 22nd 1972/2003 (ur serien Seven Years)

Air 2015 and 2016

The artists’ residencies are made possible with funding from the Air 2015 and 2016, Region Västra Götaland. Our partners were 2015 Konstnärernas Kollektiverstad KKV, Bohuslän and 2016 Akademi Valand. Bettina von Zwehl was born in Munich in 1971 and lives in London, UK. Trish Morrissey was born in Dublin in 1967 and lives in Somerset, UK.

Wednesday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m.
“From the world’s first selfie to click monster”
Lunch Lecture with photo writer Johan Brink, about the pictures of ourselves, taken by ourselves or by others, and how the perception of ourselves and our environment has changed from the late 1800s to the present, as seen through a camera. Location: Lecture Hall, free admission (in Swedish)

Guided tours (in Swedish) Monday December 5, (Wednesday December 7 canceled) , Thursday December 15, Tuesday January 17, Thursday February 9 and Wednesday February 22 at 1 p.m.