Ann Böttcher

27 jan 28 mar 2021

At the center of Ann Böttcher's artistic practice we find the pine-tree. In her work, Böttcher explores and maps Nordic nature and historical forms of reflection. How, for example, has the pine-tree served as a symbol for the formation of territorial claims or national identities?

With reference to a romantic tradition and artists such as Marcus Larson and Carl Fredrik Hill, Böttcher has an interest in how aesthetic and political projections characterize the notion of nature. The work is similar to that of a historian, but where folklore, Nazi ideology, ethnology, sanatoriums and forest death are reproduced through drawings and craft. The exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall is Ann Böttcher’s first comprehensive exhibition, which also includes public works so as to give a thorough presentation of one of Sweden’s most important artists. An extensive catalog is also produced for the exhibition.

Ann Böttcher, born in Bruzaholm, studied at Konstfack, Stockholm and the Art Academy in Malmö. Today she lives and works in Malmö. Solo-exhibitions include The 1st at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2005), The Entrance to the Sanatorium at Index in (2007), and Beskåda detta otäcka land at Vandalorum in Värnamo (2015). Böttcher has also exhibited at MoMa, Kunsthall Stavanger, Museum de Fundatie i Zwolle, WUK – Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Lunds konsthall, Liljevalchs and Nationalmuseum.