This exhibition showcases the work of Swedishborn
artist Gudmar Olovson, with some forty
pieces, mainly sculptural, including the
monumental sculpture The Two Trees installed in
the courtyard. Olovson, who now lives in France,
has worked with the rebellious art circle known as
"the nine," drawing inspiration from their
particularly French brand of humanism. Whether
they take the form of full-length sculptures of
famous people or anonymous couples, busts or
medallions, each of Olovson's works is strikingly
precise, uncommonly vital.
Though Olovson's sculptures grace sites as varied
as a slope facing the Göteborg archipelago in
Sweden, a lighthouse in Al Quesir, Egypt, or the
grounds of Château Mouton Rothschild near
Bordeaux, presenting broad-ranging themes in farflung
places, this show in Paris brings him back to
the art of portraiture, in a very contemporary vein.
New busts of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and
chess master Anatoly Karpov will be displayed for
the first time. This is also a wonderful chance for
visitors to rediscover the museum at the Monnaie
de Paris, the Paris mint.