Charlotte Gyllenhammar
Culture / Society

Artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar on dark Nordic fairytales and being boring

By Saskia Neuman

Photo: Elvira Glänte

One of Sweden's most famous contemporary artists talks love, fear and wonder ahead of her new retrospective exhibition

As the grand dame of contemporary Swedish art, Charlotte Gyllenhammar has had an illustrious and well documented career, with forays into the realms of sculpture, photography, painting, and video. For those outside of art circles, she is perhaps best known as the artist who suspended a 120-year-old oak tree upside down on Drottninggatan in central Stockholm in the midst of the financial crisis in 1993.


Yet her career consists of far more than just that controversial piece (entitled 'Dö för Dig', 'Die for You'). Gyllenhammar's body of work spans more than three decades and has been shown in major institutions across the globe, toying with themes including identity, memory and the public versus the private sphere.