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Sophie Tottie at Liljevalchs

Sophie Tottie represented at the art gallery’s centenary celebration

From this autumn and reaching into next year, Liljevalchs in Stockholm marks its more than hundred-year long history. A range of works and artists are presented to the audience when the art gallery, which celebrated its centenary during its recent renovation, throws open the gates to an exhibition stretching from the 1916 premiere to the “2020 pandemic-hit presentation of Hilding Linnqvist”.

Among the artists represented is Sophie Tottie, artist and professor at the Royal Institute of Art since 2012. When Tottie was approached by the responsible exhibition technician Mårten Åhsberg regarding the installation of her work “Les Perspecteurs”, the painting diptych that is now on display, she did not know that the exhibition at Liljevalchs was underway.

– I have since been there and seen the exhibition which gives an interesting insight into the art gallery’s history, creation, and exhibition program over the past 100 years, she says, adding:

– It’s great to be involved and that the building is illuminated, something that I already worked on in 2007 with my exhibition “Fiction is No Joke”. I then participated in a work where I made two replicas of Liljevalch’s – then very worn – original sign/cabinet located at the entrance.

From Liljevalch’s website:

Sophie Tottie – Fiction Is No Joke

“Sophie Tottie’s mid-career exhibition at Liljevalch was the artist’s most comprehensive show. Tottie’s art revolves around existential questions relating to philosophy and politics, the history of science and atomic physics, reason and speculation. In her work, she moves freely between various media including painting, drawing, video, photography and objects. Beginning outside Liljevalchs, the exhibition featured long white banners in a synthetic material with red letters that formed a line that flowed into the first exhibition gallery. Some works were pained directly on the walls of the galleries.”