Lars Lerin

Welcome to Lars Lerin’s pictorial world, created from water and pigment. This summer, Liljevalchs will display hundreds of paintings from Lerin’s 2002–2018 period. The rugged landscape of Lofoten or the ruins of Syria, a pillar-like birch forest or lines of files on archive shelves – Lerin reincarnates powerful visual impressions via his inimitable technique.

In recent years Lars Lerin has cemented his position as one of Sweden’s most loved artists. People queue for hours to see his exhibitions and the television and radio programmes he participates in attract millions of viewers. We feel that we know him; his openness gives voice to our own shyness.

Lerin, however, is not only a very popular and folksy guy from Värmland, he is a passionate, obsessed and serious artist. Widely regarded as the premier watercolourist of the Nordic region, he also works with graphic art and photography as well as text.

“Lars Lerin’s watercolours and Liljevalchs’ beautiful galleries are the perfect combination. The importance and greatness of his art will be supremely evident to all and sundry, were it not so already. It’s as if Lerin has come home,” an emotional Mårten Castenfors, Director of Liljevalchs, explains.

Lars Lerin was born in 1954 in Munkfors, Värmland where he grew up. He received his artistic training at Valand Academy in Gothenburg. Currently he lives in Hammarö, outside Karlstad. Karlstad is also the location of the museum Sandgrund Lars Lerin, inaugurated in 2012, which houses a permanent exhibition of his works.

In addition to holding exhibitions at galleries and museums in Sweden, the Nordic countries, France, Germany and the United States, Lars Lerin has published some 30 books in which he speaks of meetings and environments from his many travels and of life at home.

“Lars Lerin is a thematician. It is easy to follow his biographical journey through his motifs: Värmland, Lofoten, Egypt and Syria,” Mårten Castenfors writes in the extensive foreword to the exhibition catalogue.“The exhibition at Liljevalchs is an attempt to concentrate on that which testifies to his passion. What we have looked for is his obsessiveness, which, noticeably often, finds its form in mellow moods, which, however, should not be personified. Lerin may paint darkly but when he paints he is not sad, but rather happy.”

The catalogue boasts reproductions of over 200 paintings and sketches, in addition to Mattias Lindbäck’s richly detailed photographic portraits from the artist’s studio.

Captivated by Lars Lerin’s pictorial world, this year’s Tranströmer Prize winner, poet Eva Runefelt contributes 22 newly written poems to the exhibition catalogue, to be enjoyed independently or in dialogue with the paintings.

“Eva Runefelt is a poet who embodies the written word, who is in language, or rather, who is language, in the same way Lerin is in his material. They are so different, but so alike in their obsession and responsive search for the exact formulation, in words or in images,” Mårten Castenfors concludes.

Opening hours during the exhibition period: Monday–Thursday 10.00–18.00, Friday-Sunday 11.00–17.00. Entrance fee: SEK 80, free entry for under 18s. Free entry for all on Mondays.

A general introduction will be given every day at 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00, lasting approx. 20 minutes. An audio guide is also available.

18 maj9 september

Lars Lerin

Welcome to Lars Lerin’s pictorial world, created from water and pigment. This summer, Liljevalchs will display hundreds of paintings from Lerin’s 2002–2018 period. The rugged landscape of Lofoten or the ruins of Syria, a pillar-like birch forest or lines of files on archive shelves – Lerin reincarnates powerful visual impressions via his inimitable technique.

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Lars Lerin

Petra Gipp: Plaster Models and Book Launch

For architect Petra Gipp, working with models is key. The models allow her sculptural design idiom to take form in the space – or in the void – with a personal voice. At Liljevalchs, Gipp will present 34 plaster models, which are also depicted in a publication that will be launched in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition.

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Petra Gipp: Plaster Models and Book Launch

The Spring Salon 2018

The Liljevalchs Spring Salon is a proud tradition dating from 1921. Following extensive renovations to our building, the Spring Salon will once again be presented at Djurgården. And while the floors may be new and the walls freshly painted most things remain the same in this classic event.

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The Spring Salon 2018

LYUBOV – Love in Russian

After almost two years of renovations, Liljevalchs celebrates its return to Djurgården with three exhibitions, including the world premiere of Staffan Julén’s and Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich’s film on Russian love.

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LYUBOV – Love in Russian

Traces of an Ongoing Memory

For more than a year, a video camera at the top of the Katarina Lift has documented all movement in the area surrounding Slussen in central Stockholm. The images for Mikael Lundberg and Mats Nordahl’s exhibition were created from 8,760 hours of film footage.

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Traces of an Ongoing Memory

Portraits of Politicians and Celebrities

At the 2017 Spring Salon, Camilla Holmqvist contributed five drawings of a very singular expression, depicting politicians and celebrities. Now she returns to Liljevalchs with a larger series of portraits.

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Portraits of Politicians and Celebrities

Focus on Finland – 3 x Aho & Soldan

Liljevalchs’ summer exhibition presents Finnish photography from the 1920s to the 1960s, featuring three pioneers of photography and documentary film from the same cultural family: Heikki Aho, Björn Soldan and Heikki’s daughter Claire Aho.

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Focus on Finland – 3 x Aho & Soldan

The Spring Salon 2017

The Liljevalchs Spring Salon is a proud tradition dating from 1921. As the renovation of our building in Djurgården continues, the Spring Salon will stay in the city centre. Opening day is 11 January 2017.


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The Spring Salon 2017

Death – An Exhibition about Life

Can the memory of our dead be integrated into our public spaces? Can the cemetery become more attractive and inspiring? This is the theme of a summer exhibition in Galärvarvsparken on Djurgården.

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Death – An Exhibition about Life

The Spring Salon 2016

A proud tradition dating from 1921, the 2016 Liljevalchs Spring Salon is unusual in many ways. The entire Salon moves to the city centre and for the first time we can exhibit outdoor art.

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The Spring Salon 2016

Liljevalchs opening hours

During the Lars Lerin exhibition:
Monday–Thursday 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Friday to Sunday 11:00 am–5:00 pm. 

Entrance fee: SEK 80, free entry for under 18s. Free entry for all on Mondays.

Getting here

Djurgårdsvägen 60.

Getting here:
Djurgården ferries from Slussen or Skeppsholmen, tram no 7, bus no 67. 

Parking
Falkenbergsgatan, just behind Liljevalchs