The title of this exhibition was like a play with the expression that means that something is unreasonable and beyond all reason. Per Drougge writes in the preface about the difficulties of making a 17th century exhibition in an art gallery “There is a lack of an art museum’s assets in collections of older art, archives and specialist libraries…”
In “It’s Baroque!” I have thought that we would root the exhibition locally as far as possible: start with Erik Dahlberg in Turinge, for example, see what is on Torekällberget, in castles and churches, etc. Bring art, architecture, interior design and fashion history. So now living artists and architects with neo-baroque features or interest in a baroque innovation will contribute works and sketches.”
An educational collection consisting of paintings, sculpture and graphics from the National Museum as well as 17th century art and cultural history objects from other museums and institutions was borrowed for the exhibition. Drawings and photo documents were shown as well as pictures from Suecia antiqua et Hodierna. Another part of the exhibition was called Baroque constructions during the 20th century and consisted of instruments and costumes.
In the “17th century in the rearview mirror”, art from our own time was shown in connection with the various expressions of the Baroque.
Catalogue: Det är barockt! Red. Per Drougge citat sid. 1-2
Photos from the exhibition in Södertälje konsthall.