BETWEEN BIRCH AND BAMBOO: Japanese inspiration in Sundborn – now and then.  

Date: June 15 – August 19, 2018
Place: Kvarnen Art Gallery, Carl Larsson-gården, Sundborn, Dalarna

Carl and Karin Larsson were in France during the late 1800’s, when Japanese art and fashion exercised a strong influence on European artists. Carl painted several watercolors that showed the influence of the Japanese visual arts – in composition, line and style. He described this himself: “… for me, as an artist, Japan is my native country. The Japanese are currently the only real artists in the world”. Japanese culture, both traditional and urban, continues to fascinate new generations. Dalarna has a surprisingly strong connection with Japan.

In The Carl Larsson House 2018 summer exhibition, to be held in The Kvarnen Art Gallery, vegetation will play a major role. Plants and vegetation are constantly present and prominent in Japanese art as they are in Karin and Carl Larsson’s art and lifestyle. The artist Gunnar Kaj creates dialogue and collisions between tactile materials and plants from Sweden and Japan in the exhibition. With birch, bamboo, tatami, straw, lacquer, ceramics, moss and flowers as well as elements of art and design from Japan and the Larssons, Kaj’s installation will move the visitor both visually and emotionally.

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