Kalle’s dream and other realities
Swedish art after 1945 from the Helge Linden Memorial Collection
The Helge Linden Memorial Collection, most of which can be found at Västerbottens museum, is a high-quality piece of Swedish art history. Out of the more than 500 works in the collection, 80 have been selected as representative of Swedish art after 1945. The title »Kalle’s Dream« is derived from Peter Dahl’s hard-hitting series of paintings that in 1971 shocked the prevailing fashion, art and cultural establishment. The »other realities« in the title refers to thoughtful, introverted and explosive pop art expressions – ranging from the most private, brightly coloured fantasy landscapes straight into an unrelenting public discussion of social matters.
The man to whom we can thank for the collection’s exists, Helge Linden, was a significant artist and cultural figure in Umeå. He envisioned creating a collection of contemporary Swedish art in his hometown. Upon Linden’s death in 1961, the Västerbotten Art Association established an art collection bearing his name, and in 1968 a foundation was established to manage and expand the collection and make it available to the public.