Gothenburg’s art scene is currently in the midst of an exciting collaboration that showcases artists from around the world – the Göteborg Biennial for Contemporary Art. What a Wonderful World is the fifth such contemporary art exhibit and brings 26 international artists to 7 different venues including museums, a library and a cinema.
For ten weeks this year, from September 5th to November 15th, you can go from museum to museum in Gothenburg to see contemporary works all celebrating and commenting on the theme What a Wonderful World, curated by Celia Prado and Johan Pousette. “This biennial presents reflections on the conception of the political by elucidating various aspects of individual versus collective choices, democratic participation, and the power of art to depict, interpret and convey observations and movements in society.” They further describe the idea behind this exhibition and the theme in a curatorial statement here.
This biennial is a reminder of the power of art to inspire and as a means to not only represent the world we live in but to help shape it. In typical Swedish fashion it does not suffice to express such a theme in a simple exhibit, instead it must be a large collaborative exhibition, over a year in the working that spreads throughout the entire city of Gothenburg and involves a variety of media originating from the world over. Typical!