Gallery Magnus Karlsson – Bella Rune – Digging – March 3 to April 16, 2022 – Fredsgatan 12 – Open Tue–Fri 12–17, Sat 12–16
ABOUT the artist
Bella Rune (born 1971) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She is educated at Chelsea College of Arts in London, UK (1995–1998) and Beckmans School of Design, Stockholm, Sweden (1992–1994). Bella Rune works with sculpture often with a performative element. She experiments effectively with different materials and techniques. In the ongoing project Konsekvensanalys (Impact analysis) she explores the interface between physical reality and a virtual world with augmented reality. The project has been presented in several exhibitions, including Stadsskogen, Uppsala Sweden (2015), Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna, Sweden (2016), Tensta Konsthall, Sweden (2018) and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2018) as well as a site specific permanent public commission at Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden (2018). Bella Rune curated the exhibition Textila undertexter (Textile Subtexts) together with Helena Selder, which was first shown at Marabouparken (2016) and then at Malmö Art Museum (2017). In the exhibition she made a larger installation also serving as exhibition design. Her presentation Vertical Network Performance at the art fair Market in Stockholm, Sweden (2018), the exhibition XYZ at the gallery (2019) and Skendöd at Carl Eldh’s studio museum (2020) received great attention and she is now represented in the collections such as Moderna Museet and Magasin III. Up until 2021, Bella Rune was a professor of Fine Art, Textile at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.
ABOUT the exhibition
We are pleased to present Bella Rune’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Digging presents a number of new sculptures in textile, metal, wood, 3D printing and bronze. Based on an expanded concept of textile with an interest in how patterns and repetition create surfaces, volumes and function, Bella Rune finds new contexts and questions about how the analog and handmade can describe a new digital materiality.
She describes the making of the exhibition as ”an artistic, empathetic excavation of digitized museum archives in search of a diversity of human voices that, through shards and remnants, provide instructions for future strategies”.
ABOUT the gallery
Galleri Magnus Karlsson was founded in 1990. The first 7 years the gallery was located in Västerås, a city 100 km west of Stockholm. It gained a reputation as one of the most interesting contemporary art galleries in Sweden. In August 1997 the gallery moved to Stockholm.
The focus of the gallery is to show the work of emerging artists from Sweden. The gallery has done international art fairs such as Liste, Basel (1999, 2000 and 2001), Art Forum Berlin (2002) Frieze Art Fair, London (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012), The Armory Show, New York (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012), ABC, Berlin (2013 & 2014), Chart, Copenhagen (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), Frieze Art Fair, New York (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017), Art Berlin (2017) & FIAC, Paris (2017) to present those artists also internationally. The gallery also co-produces exhibitions and projects with museums and galleries.
The gallery is located on the ground floor of The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm. In the summer of 2011 Hellvi Kännungs, a project room on the island of Gotland, opened for the public. It will also be a place for artists to meet and work.