Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Open lecture: The artist Peter Johansson

Since 1990 Peter Johansson have been working with the experiences that his up-bringing in the 60’s and 70’s in Dalarna gave him. Dalarna is the landscape in the heart of Sweden that since the end of the 1800’s been the face of national romance and that has been portrayed as genuinely Swedish and at the sametime been exploited by the tourist industry with knife sharp precision.

-With a father who were a gourd painter (kurbitsmålare) and a mother who ran a waffle cabin for ski-tourists, one can say that my art is really self ironic and is testing the borders of what is considered to be good art or kitsch.

During recent years Johansson has more and more focused his work at similiar phenomenon in other cultures and countries and has also investigated in his familys’ dark secrets.

-Above all I would like my art to concern a lot of people by being physical, direct and visual. I don’t mind if it’s laughable, on the contrary.

Peter Johansson regards his yearly artisthood as a 15-year long research journey through the swedishhood. Through sculptures of art or installations he has wildly and successfully adressed cherished Swedish phenomena such as the Dala horse, Falukorv, folkdance and red cottages.


Time: Thursday May 4 at 10-12
Place: Föreläsningssal, plan 4, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen