EXHIBITION: Ernst Neizvestny Retrospective May, Galleri Astley, Sweden, May 14 to July 16
Neizvestny’s work is all about humans’ ability to endure, about humans’ pain but also of our strength. His works can never be harmonious, peaceful or rounded because it is about a never ending struggle”. It was these words written by Torsten Bergmark in the late 60’s, published in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, that made Astley Nyhlén curious enough to travel to Moscow to meet with the sculptor in his studio. This meeting was the start of a lifelong friendship that years later brought Ernst to Uttersberg after he was allowed to leave the Soviet Union in 1976. Ernst was the first exhibitor at Galleri Astley when it opened in Uttersberg on May 14, 1977. The exhibition was a success and Ernst Neizvestny (1925-2016) had found a place he enjoyed so much that he returned every summer for more than a decade to work in this calm and peaceful environment. His days were filled with hours of painting, sculpting, drawing and even time for a relaxing swim in the nearby stream. This was an important contrast to the hectic life in New York City. When the gallery expanded its grounds by purchasing an old 3 storey, brick warehouse for renovation, Ernst created 18 large paintings specifically to fit the slanted ceilings on the top floor. This was the beginning of The Museum Tree of Life by Ernst Neizvestny.
This year May 14 marks 40 years since Neizvestny’s first exhibition and we want to celebrate this by showing a large retrospective exhibition of Ernst Neizvestny’s works; sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints from the 1950´s and forward.
Photos attached: Ernst Neizvestny together with Astley Nyhlén in 2007 outside The Museum Tree of Life by Ernst Neizvestny and an interior photo of the Museum Tree of Life by Ernst Neizvestny.