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"Georg Oddner: Genomresa"
2003-09-13 until 2003-11-02
In a unique collaboration, Malmö Museer and Malmö Konsthall are
simultaneously exhibiting in two major, separate exhibitions a wide variety
of photographer and artist Georg Oddner's best and most well known
pictures. Georg Oddner's artistic career spans more than five decades. He has
photographed everything and everyone, with all possible techniques and for
all conceivable clients. The variety of his work is endless and his subject
matter boundless. He himself has said: "Everything is subject matter - the
key is to express the subject so that you acquire a relationship to it."
pictures exude careful thought and humanism, respect and human closeness.
All this shines through his pictures and makes him so unique as a
In 2002 Malmö Museer took over Georg Oddner's entire output, which
encompasses a collection of some 40,000 rolls of film containing 675,000
exposures. In other words, there was an enormous treasure-trove of pictures
to choose from for the exhibitions.
One aim of the exhibitions is to increase knowledge and awareness of this
collection of unique photographs.
At Malmö Konsthall pictures will be shown from Georg's world-wide travels,
his portraits, jazz photos, fashion photos and still lifes. His ability to
convey insight into the new and unfamiliar situations he encountered in
different parts of the world permeates his pictures. In the many portraits
of well known figures, he penetrates - with consideration and respect -
behind the facades. With his past as a jazz musician - and tennis player -
he has a feeling for rhythm and coordination, and thereby a unique ability
to depict the great figures of jazz with their music and musicality. In his
fashion photos he has captured something more than just the models' beauty
and the garments' allure. He depicts a different world in his still lifes:
photos of dried flowers. Out of this withered, dead existence he extracts
great and lasting beauty.
Georg Oddner was born in Stockholm in 1923. For the past 50 years he has
lived and worked in Malmö - and the whole world.