Rolf Hanson’s paintings represented new Swedish art at the Venice Biennale in 1988. The following year, some of these paintings were shown for the first time in Sweden, at Södertälje konsthall.
Twelve magnificent color landscapes stretched from floor to ceiling, like monumental patchwork quilts. “Rolf Hanson’s landscapes are not seen through windows. They are hung near the floor. They are like wide-open gates. ” A certain connection can be traced to a previously produced exhibition “It is baroque! ”, Both exhibitions with the cultural curator Per Drougge as editor and author of the catalogs. Under the heading ROLF HANSON’S “BAROCK” he further writes “Rolf Hanson works according to some of the architectural and painting ideas of the Baroque. The house facade was decorated in vertical lines with protrusions, niches, ornaments and mythological figures with apparent depth and strong shadow effect so that the gaze got lost and the underlying load-bearing wall was lifted. This is how the painters also performed their figure scenes against dark backgrounds with imaginary depths of space… In Rolf Hanson’s landscape, the principles of load-bearing and worn picture elements are abolished to some extent. ”
Catalog: ROLF HANSON PAINTINGS quote: Per Drougge p. 4