Crossing Borders –
a collaboration with Swedavia

Crossing Borders is on view Mar 9–Jun 1 at Göteborg Landvetter Airport. The exhibition features 23 contemporary photographic portraits of internationally celebrated Swedes. Gothenburg is represented by Jan Eliasson and Håkan Hellström.

Images: Image: Eric Broms, Zlatan Ibrahimović, 2011. Peter Cederling, Therese Alshammar, 1998. Hans Gedda, Anne Sofie von Otter, 2006. Images are cropped.

Images: Eric Broms, Zlatan Ibrahimović, 2011. Peter Cederling, Therese Alshammar, 1998. Hans Gedda, Anne Sofie von Otter, 2006. Images are cropped.

March 9 – June 1 2015
at Göteborg Landvetter Airport 

Crossing Borders is part of a joint project between Nationalmuseum and Swedavia. An airport is where people who travel across borders meet. The exhibition comprises 23 portraits of Swedes who work or have become famous outside Sweden: musicians, writers, diplomats, businessmen, athletes, inventors, actors and researchers.

Their work takes them away from Sweden and also across borders that are not only geographic. It may involve breaking a world swimming record or changing our views of global social changes.

For Nationalmuseum, this exhibition involves crossing a border, as the art will be on display in a venue it has never previously visited.

Different Impressions and Expressions

Several generations of photographers are represented, from Hans Gedda and Denise Grünstein to Sanna Sjöswärd and Magnus Laupa. They seek different forms of expression and inspiration from both advertising and fashion photography, as well as film and video. Sometimes this adds to the theatrical quality. The portraits are deliberately staged.

At the same time there are examples of intimacy and distance, close-ups and formal poses. Thomas Wågström’s portrait of the biochemist and inventor Petra Wadström was commissioned for this exhibition but the others have been produced in other contexts. All have been acquired by the Swedish National Portrait Gallery, which is managed by Nationalmuseum.

The Swedish National Portrait Gallery

The Swedish National Portrait Gallery has its main location at Gripsholm Castle and is the world’s oldest national portrait gallery. It contains over 4,600 portraits of prominent Swedes from the 16th century to the present day. These include a large number of royal personages, but also famous figures such as Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman and Dag Hammarskjöld.

Nationalmuseum is acquiring the works to be included in the exhibition as part of a concerted effort to increase the number of contemporary Swedish newsmakers represented in the portrait collection.

© Thron Ullberg, Jan Eliasson, 2008
© Thron Ullberg, Jan Eliasson, 2008.

Joint Project with Swedavia

The exhibition is part of a joint project between Nationalmuseum and Swedavia to show art at airports in Sweden.

Free Exhibition App

Download a free app with a guide to the exhibition. With this audio guide you can listen to commentary on the exhibition Crossing Borders – either when you are visiting it or later, by downloading the guide directly to your phone. Available for iPhone and Android. Search for Crossing Borders in the App Store or on Google Play, or scan the QR code below.

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