Lunds Konsthall, Lund

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Lunds Konsthall, Lund

Architect: Klas Anshelm
Built in: 1957
Client: The City of Lund

Lund Konsthall is the result of a donation from the Old Savings’ Bank (today’s Finn Savings’ Bank) to the City of Lund. In 1953 the City Council decided to accept the gift and invited six architects for a competition to design the new art gallery. In 1954 the jury unanimously decided that Klas Anshelm’s proposal should be realized.

Klas Anshelm (1914–1980) was a well-known and busy architect in Lund. With its monolithic brick façade Lunds Konsthall became one of Sweden’s finest exhibition venues. Its dramatic and yet restrained form is well adapted to contemporary art, and also blends in with the medieval architecture of Lund.

Lunds Konsthall has not fully retained its original architectural expression, but it has escaped thorough reconstruction. In 1997 the building was renovated with support from the Finn Savings’ Bank and in 2004 it underwent a lighter renovation, aiming at restoring as much as possible of the original architecture.

‘I have tried to achieve an environment, tried to achieve a spatial frame for objects, and also to facilitate the changing of light bulbs.’
Klas Anshelm, Architect

Source: Lunds Konsthall – History.

The images from Lunds Konsthall was taken during the exhibition – The Opposite of Me Is I by the artist Miriam Bäckström.

The building replaced a meat inspection facility … “there were exhibited dead rabbits and chickens, it was quite a stylish facility with overhead light and so. Here you display painted bunnies and chickens …“explained Anshelm 1979 in an interview.

More pictures from Lunds Konsthall here.

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