Established in 2006, Belenius is a contemporary art gallery based in Stockholm.
From the onset the key objective has been to form an intergenerational program supporting emerging as well as more established artists of all media including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Though the work is diverse in presentation the artists are linked by a commitment to continuously reassess the position of artistic practices within their wider cultural, social and political frameworks. The program includes solo and thematic exhibitions and the space also invites guest-curated projects. Over the last thirteen years the gallery has developed into a vibrant location for performances and exhibitions in different forms.
The work of Miriam Bäckström is driven by an intense study of the symbiotic and oscillatory relationship between image and reality in the human psyche. Bäckström works across various media, including photography, theatre, installation, performance, film and written text. Her early work as a conceptual photographer involved technically precise depictions of interior spaces – such as apartments and museum galleries—where the human figure was eerily absent yet the human presence uncannily palpable, like stage-sets in search of their characters. While maintaining a technically meticulous execution, Bäckström’s work with moving images has tended toward theatre and the theatrical – such as dramas, films and videos and collaborative performances – in which she often blurs the line between documentary and non-documentary narrative constructs.
Born in 1967 in Stockholm, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
'New Enter Image I-VII', 2016-2017, Installation view at Marabouparken. Image credit Jean-Baptiste Béranger.
Julius Göthlin (b. 1984) seeks to create a constantly moving place - a single vibrating, changing, escaping now. The abstract compositions relate to the subtle experiences we get from sound waves or the shifts of light. In his work he manages to stretch the experience of a material's physical structure by loosening the boundaries of the three and two-dimensional mediums. With a technique as unusual as it is suggestive, Göthlin creates works that touch on questions about how we define, perceive and relate to movement and what is created in the gaps between order and chaos, fragment and wholeness.
Julius Göthlin lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. His work has recently been presented nationally in Sweden and internationally in countries such as Italy, India and Denmark.
'Constrained Vapor Bubble 7831', 2020, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 30 cm. Image credits Belenius and Julius Göthlin.
Ulla Wiggen was born in 1942 and attended the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, after a sojourn as assistant to the renowned Swedish artist Öyvind Fahlström in New York. In 1968 her debut show with paintings of hyper realistic electric circuit boards and electronic components gained a lot of recognition. For many years she worked primarily as a psychotherapist and then mainly focused her artistic work on painting portraits. Wiggen returned to her work as a painter full time in the 2010s with series of close-up paintings of irises, works that can be seen as both portraits but also has wider connections with cosmology. In later years Ulla Wiggen has exhibited both at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and at Galerie Buchholz in Cologne and New York.
'Två', acrylic on panel, 32 x 68 cm diameter. Image credits Belenius and Ulla Wiggen
During her career Eva Lange is mostly known for her sculptures, made in a minimalistic tradition with subtle elements of humor. She works predominantly with sculptues in plaster, stone, alabaster, marble and bronze and with charcoal drawings. Her works can be seen in important Swedish collections and in public spaces, such as the Swedish and Finnish monument Tro, Hopp och kärlek (Faith, Hope and Love) in Helsinki, Finland.
Eva Lange was born in 1935 in Stockholm and is a member of the Royal Art Academy. She studied at Konstfack University College of Art, Craft and Design and at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm.
'L'Anello', 2014, alabaster, 35 cm diameter. Image credits Belenius and Eva Lange
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen (b.1981, based in London) work across objects, installation and film to explore processes of production as cultural, personal and political practices. Recent solo shows include Palms Palms Palms at Z33 Kunstencentrum, Hasselt; Luna Eclipse, Oasis Dream at Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston; Trapped in the Dream of the Other at Mu.Zee, Ostend; White Horse / Twin Horse at de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam; Assemble Standard Minimal at Schering Stiftung, Berlin.
'Sea the Stars (Born to Sea)', 2020, cyanotype and gouache on paper, 53 x 70 cm. Image credits Belenius and Cohen Van Balen.