During this time in the history of Södertälje konsthall, several exhibitions took place in parallel. Often there were quick shifts. Bengt Lindström’s (b. 1925 Storsjö Kapell, Härjedalen) exhibition lasted for two weeks and was a traveling exhibition from Riksutställningar, or as it was then called, Statens Försöksverksamhet med Riksutställningar.
In a letter from Leif G O Johansson, curator at Södertälje konsthall, you can read that Bengt Lindström’s exhibition opens at 12 on October 10 and that curator Lars-Eric Ström will demonstrate the exhibition. Bengt Lindström himself will also be present. The 36 paintings were in a price range between 6000-20,000 kronor. The exhibition list shows that at least one of the works Apocalypse Figure was sold.
The catalog produced was exclusive, printed on thinly grained tissue paper (Stockholm 1969). In the catalog’s list of Lindström’s hitherto separate exhibitions with his debut at Gummessons in Stockholm in 1954, one can count 21 pieces up to Norrlands Nation, Uppsala Riksutställningar. Since 1951, he has participated in group exhibitions around the world. At the time of the catalog’s publication, Lindström had been living in Paris for three years with an ongoing international career.
“Anyone who is not afraid to experience color and cool temperament should definitely go and see the exhibition of Bengt Lindström’s painting /… /” reads in a letter from Riksutställningar. He is further described in the letter as “/… / one of the most prominent expressionists in today’s painting, a figurative painter who paints myths and fairy tales and legends. He wastes not only the strength of the paint but also its quantity; his painting often approaches reliefs in its effects.”
It becomes very obvious when you read another letter to Södertälje konsthalls curator Leif Johansson from Riksutställningar’s Ulla Beskow. The letter describes the somewhat anxious and careful directives for packing Bengt Lindström’s paintings. “On 28 Oct. comes a furniture bus and picks up the exhibition f.v.b. to Riksutställningar. Can you please monitor that the loading takes place correctly; Bengt’s new paintings are usually not dry and can therefore not be felted or placed against each other without protection such as. corrugated cardboard or similar. ”
People were generous with the superlatives at this time. The exhibition Riksutställningar lends is called an impressive collection of paintings. “/… / It is so infinitely strong that you get really overwhelmed”.
Sources: Bengt Lindström catalog prod. Riksutställningar 1969, div. from the art gallery’s archive, compiled by Anneli Karlsson.