Swedish Mamma Andersson (b. 1962) stands out as one of the most important and intriguing painters of her generation. The summer show at Louisiana marks the first large-scale presentation of her fascinating and disturbing works in Denmark.
Mamma Andersson’s pictures open up a universe of suggestive and emotionally charged narratives: extensive landscapes where trees apparently dissolve before our eyes, interiors where painted areas abruptly open up for visions into different worlds, portraits of figures with their backs turned, and black holes where our gaze seems to be drawn into a free fall.
Poul Erik Tøjner, Louisiana museum director
Mamma Andersson builds her paintings up from a wealth of art-historical references and found photographs, films, and historical cuttings. This is painting on painting, imagery on imagery. In the end all of this is filtered through her distinctive artistic vision – at once drily registrative and colorfully poetic – and a new world appears.
The exhibition of Mamma Andersson reaffirms the museum’s commitment to painting and extends the scope of earlier exhibitions of artists of the same generation such as Cecily Brown, Daniel Richter, and Peter Doig.
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Studio visit with Mamma Andersson who describes painting and drawing as “her first language,” but also as hard work and a long and vulnerable process. So the artist has kept an athlete’s mind-set from her childhood days of doing sports: “When I’m on the verge of giving up, I think: ‘One more lap. You can do it!’”