Galleri Magnus Karlsson
About the gallery
Galleri Magnus Karlsson was founded in 1990. The gallery is located in the building of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
The gallery focuses on long-term representations of Swedish artists. Galleri Magnus Karlsson functions as a platform with public exhibitions, talks and events, and collaborates with fellow galleries and institutions both in Sweden and internationally.
Duda Bebek (SE)
At Market Art Fair 2023 Galleri Magnus Karlsson presents a solo exhibition by Duda Bebek, consisting of a new series of paintings, shown for the first time at the fair. Duda Bebek’s works often depict the dark corners of the contemporary world, where almost familiar characters and shapes merge with the abstract landscape of internet culture and our modern society. Inspired by classical art as well as the imagery of social media, Bebek’s paintings examine the at times mythologized concept of femininity. For Bebek, the painted image is necessary for her to construct and reconstruct the perception of her own experiences. I work with repetitions of an emotional problem or condition, through ’trial and error’ I try to reach a point where the painting becomes autonomous and logical in its physical form. The recent paintings are portraits of the child painted from the mother’s perspective, where the mother’s own story and psychological drama are also visualized. The child is a part of her but at the same time in the middle of a process and a quest to become independent and find its own identity.
Duda Bebek (Sweden, b. 1983) lives and works in Stockholm. She studied at the Art Academy Valand in Gothenburg (2007–2012) with an exchange at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (2010–2012).
Duda Bebek in the studio. Image courtesy of Duda Bebek.
Duda Bebek, 'Push Notifications', (2022). Vinyl paint on canvas. 79 x 58 cm. Image courtesy of Galleri Magnus Karlsson and the artist.
Duda Bebek, 'Svansen på katten / The Tail of the Cat', (2022). Vinyl paint on canvas. 96 x 75 cm. Image courtesy of Galleri Magnus Karlsson and the artist.
Duda Bebek, 'The Mermaid's Bed', (2022). Vinyl paint on canvas. 97 x 74 cm. Image courtesy of Galleri Magnus Karlsson and the artist.