Congratulations Bengt Lindström 80 years!
Gallery GKM proudly presents a unique selection of paintings by Bengt Lindström from a private Belgian collection.
These paintings reflect Bengt Lindström’s powerful and dynamic creative spirit from the important period of 1968 to 1997.

The exhibition is on from June 28th to August 28th 2005.
Opening hours during the summer
Mon – Fri 11.00 – 15.00. Sat 11.00 – 14.00

Welcome to enjoy!
Thomas and Karl-Johan Bergström
Galleri GKM Siwert Bergström

Bengt Lindström is a big man from the central parts of the Norrland province and was born in Storsjö Kapell on 3 September 1925. He has been residing in Paris since 1948, but during the summer months, he stays on the coast of Norrland. From the age of fifteen, he has continuously, but with indefatigable strength, devoted himself to painting in a personal manner, mostly large, colourful paintings.
After his graduation at academic upper secondary school, he studied at various art schools in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Chicago, and Paris. He has studied under art-world celebrities like Isaac Grünewald in Stockholm, and André Lhote and Fernand Léger in Paris.
When Bengt Lindström moved to Paris, his art was to be influenced and affected by the COBRA group. COBRA was founded in 1948 by artists like Asger Jorn, Corneille and Karel Appel. The group worked with colour as a means of expression of its own, quite regardless of previous conventions, but with feeling and intuition as important ingredients. This was also to become Bengt Lindström’s way of expressing himself in his painting.
His motives come exclusively from the realms of man and of animals. Howling, growling, screaming and laughing beings cover the surface. His painting is driven by a primitive force, a furious energy, which seems to originate from the dawn of time. He has also found inspiration in Nordic mythology, the Viking Age, and in folk art from various countries and epochs.
As an exiled Norrlander, Bengt Lindström strictly adheres to certain Norrland qualities. The titles he gives to his paintings often point to Norrland and Nordic sources of inspiration.
Bengt Lindström has become successful in the art world and has held exhibitions at many well-known and well-reputed art galleries and museums around the world. As ”Le Grand Viking du Nord”, and in company with artist like Öyvind Fahlström, Max Walter Svanberg, Bengt Olsson, and Erik Dietman, he has become one of Sweden’s internationally most renowned painters.

Johan Persson

Swedish presentation

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden
Malmö museum, Sweden
Lunds museum, Sweden
Norrköpings museum, Sweden
Sundsvalls museum, Sweden
Midlanda Konsthall, Timrå, Sweden
Borås museum, Sweden
Kramfors municipal collection, Sweden
Umeå museum, Sweden
Jämtland County Museum, Östersund, Sweden
Hälsingland museum, Hudiksvall, Sweden
Örebro slott, Sweden
Luleå museum, Sweden
Louisiana, Denmark
Randers museum, Denmark
Museum van Ostende, Belgium
Museum van Gent, Belgium
Aix-la-Chapelle museum, Germany
Carnegie museum, USA
Budva museum, Jugoslavia
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Musée de Nantes, France
Musée de Perpignan, France
Musée de Dunkerque, France
Museum Cludad Cuantheimoi, Mexico
Edmonton Museum, Canada
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Musée Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany
Musée de Seoul, Korea
Musée de Calais, France
Silkeborg Museum, Denmark
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Dunkerque, France
Musée de Beaux-Arts de Toulouse, France
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain-Alsace, France
Musée de Châteauroux, France
Musée de la Ville d’Angers, France


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