Joakim Forsgren
Joakim Forsgren


Swedish Ecstasy

Bozar, Brussels
Feb 18 – May 21 2023

Drawings after Charles XII (2013) and Cogito/Sum (2021). Detail from Peter Cornell’s display cases. Photo: Jan Watteus


Curator Daniel Birnbaum: “I was the instrument of ecstasy,” wrote Swedish painter Hilma af Klint, who today is celebrated all over the world. Af Klint was not alone. This exhibition puts her work in context for the first time. In fact, mysticism and esoteric speculation are central themes in the creations of some of Sweden’s most important cultural figures, historically and today.

With: Emanuel Swedenborg, August Strindberg, Carl Fredrik Hill, Ernst Josephson, Ivan Aguéli, Hilma af Klint, Anna Cassel, De Fem, Carsten Höller, Christine Ödlund, Lars Olof Loeld, Daniel Youssef, Peter Cornell, Joakim Forsgren and Cecilia Edefalk.

Joakim Forsgren – Drawing after Charles XII (2013). Soldering iron on paper. Photo: Jan Watteus

Hilma af Klint – Altarpiece (1907). Photo: Jan Watteus