Exhibition Catalog for Evigt liv (Life Eternal)
October 1, 2022—January 29, 2023
Liljevalchs, Stockholm, SE
More than 35 writers elaborate on the theme of eternal life for an anthology published for the exhibition Life Eternal. Among those who have contributed essays are Karl Ove Knausgård and Ellen Mattsson. The editors of the book are Clara Åhlvik, Director of Exhibitions at the Nobel Prize Museum, and journalist Jan Gradvall. The book was designed by Greger Ulf Nilson. The anthology is in Swedish and can be purchased at the Nobel Prize Museum. The Nobel Prize Museum’s exhibition entitled Life Eternal at Liljevalchs art gallery brings together science, art, and cultural history while showing different approaches to eternity, exploring the crucial issues of our era and offering hope for the future. “Life Eternal” is an unusually boundary-breaching exhibition that sheds light on the crucial issues of our era. The exhibition at Liljevalchs will be the Nobel Prize Museum’s largest ever in Stockholm and can be regarded as a prelude to the new Nobel Center that will be built at Slussen. Can we outwit death? That question has been asked for as long as humans have roamed the earth, but modern research shows that the question of eternal life should be viewed not only from as a religious and philosophical matter, but also as a biological possibility. But while we humans are developing more and more advanced methods to prolong life, for the first time in history we ourselves have the capacity to extinguish all life on earth. Nuclear weapons are not the only threat. Our way of life is destroying the climate and diminishing the chances of future life, day by day. The aim of the exhibition ‘Life Eternal’ is to reflect on issues related to eternity, and thus also the future. It is more urgent than ever to find new ways of talking about how we should continue our journey. In these discussions, the Nobel Prize can play a key role.
Art director and graphic design
Greger Ulf Nilsson, Ludvig Östman, GunLab
Karl Ove Knausgård, Ellen Mattsson and others
Clara Åhlvik and Magnus af Petersens
Anna Dumitriu, Andrea Galvani, Ann Lislegaard, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Christian Partos, Dana Sederowsky, Éva Mag, Fredrik Paulsen, Jone Kvie, Julian Charrière, Laura Splan, Mark Dion, Mats Hjelm, Moa Israelsson, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Petra Lindholm, Rineke Dijkstra, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Ulla Wiggen, William Kentridge, Ylva Carlgren and a joint work by John Wynne and Tim Wainwright.
About the Nobel Prize Museum
The Nobel Prize shows that ideas can change the world. The courage, creativity and perseverance of the Nobel Laureates inspire us and give us hope for the future. Films, in-depth tours, and artefacts tell the stories of the Laureates and their contributions ‘for the greatest benefit to humankind’. Based on the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of fields – natural sciences, literature and peace – we examine the greatest challenges of our time and show how we can respond to them through science, humanism and collaboration. With our exhibitions, school programmes, lectures and conversations, we at the Nobel Prize Museum strive to engage the public in making a better world.
Liljevalch's exhibition program is aimed at both the really broad audience and those who are particularly interested in certain artists or art and form directions. Each new art year begins with the well-known jury-judged Spring Salon. Liljevalchs belongs to the City of Stockholm and was inaugurated in 1916 as the first independent and public art gallery for contemporary art in Sweden. The building was designed by architect Carl Bergsten and is located on the scenic Djurgården in Stockholm. Liljevalch Art Gallery is led by Mårten Castenfors. In conjunction with the exhibition Life Eternal, a full-length anthology of the same name will be published, further developing the ideas in the exhibition. Life Eternal contains some thirty essays by authorities in history, philosophy, biology, physics, chemistry, economics, culture and popular culture. Liljevalchs, Djurgårdsvägen 60, Djurgården, Stockholm, SE