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A monumental collection: Gudmar Olovson – A life in sculpture


Viewing March 2 – 22, Weekdays 11 am–5 pm, Saturday 11 am–4 pm
Auction Online only March 1 – 22

Presenting the skill of an artist like Gudmar Olovson is no easy task but Bukowskis is delighted to accept this honour in homage to this master sculptor. Working closely with Gudmar Olovson’s family, in this retrospective exhibition and accompanying Online only auction, here we seek to celebrate one of Sweden’s foremost sculptors.

It is now five years since Olovson passed away and his rich legacy to posterity will be admired by many generations to come. The exhibition features well-known monumental figures, sensual prints and tender drawings, and, not least, a selection of his psychologically interesting, fine-tuned portrait busts, spanning almost seven decades of creativity.

Gudmar Olovson sculpted in the French classical tradition and his magnificent monumental pieces are found in numerous public spaces around the world, mainly in his two homelands of France and Sweden. He surrounded himself with the most highly skilled casting experts, ensuring that his finished works lived up to his ideas down to the smallest detail.

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Jean-Baptiste Auffret, Director, Galerie Malaquais

› Gudmar in his atelier at 64 Rue Saint-Charles in Paris

› Highlight in the auction: Gudmar Olovson, ”Les Deux Arbres (Two trees)”. Bronze, 236 x 85 cm.

All his works of art are imbued with their own unique story, inspired by poetry, places and people, interpreted in Olovson’s utterly personal way, usually in gleaming bronze. Olovson’s sculptures celebrate and reflect love as part of human nature and he won numerous prizes and awards in recognition of his art.

With interest in classical sculpture on the rise in the art world, we are excited to display the work of one of its foremost proponents and extremely proud to have been entrusted with this great honor. The works in this auction are thus part of modern cultural history and the viewing will provide a unique opportunity to see a retrospective exhibition of Gudmar Olovson’s works of art.

› Modeling for the creation of ”Les Deux Arbres (Two trees)”

Modern Virgin

I am not a woman. I am a neuter.
I am a child, a page and a bold resolve,
I am a laughing stripe of a scarlet sun...
I am a net for all greedy fish,
I am a toast to the glory of all woman,
I am a step towards hazard and ruin,
I am a leap into freedom and self...
I am the whisper of blood in the ear of the man,
I am the soul’s ague, the longing and refusal of the flesh, I am an entrance sign to new paradises.
I am a flame, searching and brazen,
I am water, deep but daring up to knees,
I am fire and water in free and loyal union...

Edith Södergran

› Gudmar Olovson, ”Vierge Moderne”. Bronze, 24 x 14 x 18 cm.

When is the viewing and auction?
Viewing March 2 – 22. Weekdays 11 am–5 pm, Saturday 11 am–4 pm.
Auction Online only, March 1 – 22.
Catalogue online March 1.

Part of text Jean-Baptiste Auffret, Director, Galerie Malaquais.

Questions regarding the auction

Lisa Gartz
Lisa Gartz
Head Specialist Silver and Sculpture
+46 (0)709 17 99 93
Lena Rydén
Lena Rydén
Head of art, Specialist Modern Art
+46 (0)707 78 35 71

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