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Bertil Vallien’s exhibition Corset at Galleri Glas in Stockholm, June 13 - August 29

When Bertil Vallien is back at Galleri Glas, in his second exhibition in collaboration with Kosta Boda, he takes yet another stride forwards into the dark universe of glass. His capacity for making use of the molten glass, not just as form but also as material, has given him a unique position in the art world.

In Corset he links up strongly with early Surrealism. Strict black glass forms, almost impenetrable to the eye, are reminiscent of the French artist Claude Cahun’s black and white photographs from the early 20th century, but also of the work of Frida Kahlo and her famous corset paintings. There is pain or violence in several of the sculptures that find expression not least in Bertil Vallien’s playful approach to the material. Besides glass, bits of wood, fragments of metal, leather – things that we can recognize from the 18th century’s highly advanced women’s corsets.

For the exhibition Bertil Vallien has created a more than two-metre long boat whose narrative begins with the history or myth of the Unknown Woman of the Seine. True or invented, innumerable artists – including Man Ray, Camus, Nabokov and others – have, like Bertil Vallien, been inspired by this unknown “drowning Mona Lisa” (Albert Camus). For those of us who have followed Bertil Vallien’s unceasing journey by boat with human figures, the new exhibition represents yet further proof that the ability of the molten glass to provide a sort of time capsule or historic adventure which captivates with its mysterious beauty.

Galleri Glas has closed for summer July 2 – August 6.