That the long-term planning of Södertälje konsthalls exhibition program was not always very long is clear from a short letter from Kulturintendent Eje Högestätt to the National Museum’s curator Margareta Winqvist. In the letter dated 13 October 1969, Eje writes that the other day there was a meeting about the spring exhibition program and then “… also ended the exhibition” Sculpture for the blind and sighted “in the minutes, so I can hereby officially confirm that we open the exhibition at the end of March.
In an earlier letter from Margareta Winqvist, it appears that the exhibition was a traveling exhibition that went on from the National Museum to Eskilstuna, ending on 15 March. It was then decided that it would be send directly to Södertälje. The letter announces a confirmation from Södertälje’s with the established exhibition period March 22 – April 26, 1970.
A work by each participating artist was shown. A total of 21 works, some of which are of a constantropological nature, such as cult objects from Sepik New Guinea, and Bakutamask, 19th century from Gabon and the Republic of Brazzaville. A seated Buddha from the 19th century in bronze, from Mongolia, and a stone sculpture from Lower Congo were also shown to the audience’s hands and eyes.
Among the artists were well-known historical names such as Alberto Giacometti with Long figure in bronze from 1949. By Marcel Duchamp were shown i.a. his famous ready-made bottle dryer from 1914 and Constantin Brancusis the newborn from 1915 was a bronze copy after the marble original. By Jussi Mäntynen, Björnpar was shown in granite.
The other more contemporary artists were from Sweden. A young Marie-Louise then de Geer showed a Mirror in fabric from 1968 and Olle Kåks did A tribute to my childhood happy feet in 1966.
Artists: Sonja Pettersson, Alberto Giacometti, Marianne Ansgård, Christian Berg, Marcel Duchamp, Jussi Mäntynen, Vicke Lindstrand, Åke Thornblad, Olle Kåks, Inga Bagge, Wilhelm Henning, Marie-Louise de Geer, Constantin Brancusi, Beth Laurin, Kjell Bokhed, Asmund Arle, Roland Haeberlein.
Sources: Södertälje konsthalls archive folder, compiled by Anneli Karlsson.