'Drowning Sailors' a work by the renowned artist Truls Melin, has been donated to the Stockholm School of Economics and is placed in the school’s Atrium.
Truls Melin's art is among the most resolute objects to look at, not just in Sweden, but in general. Though with roots in pop art’s interest for ready-mades and the everyday, Melin's work is much more multifaceted.
Truls Melin’s debut took place with the legendary gallery owner Sten Eriksson in 1986. Stockholm’s Moderna Museet purchased one of Melin’s sculptures and even Fredrik Roos was an early collector of Melin’s art. Melin became an artist who you spoke of with respect. He received his international breakthrough when he represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale. In 1994 he became the first Swedish visual artist to receive the prestigious DAAD grant in Berlin.
The art work has been dontated by Lars Bohman Gallery and is one of several art installations to be found in the school’s Atrium – the place where faculty, students, and visitors meet up.
Stockholm School of Economics invests in art
The installation 'Drowning Sailors' is the latest in a series of initiatives from SSE to integrate art into its curricular life. SSE’s student union’s Art Division, together with SSE’s Executive Management Team and Galleri Charlotte Lund Power, venture forward.
The ambition is to establish aesthetic knowledge in the School's scientific teaching and research environment, to provide a broader social and cultural understanding, to demonstrate the complexity of being human, and to challenge and develop habitual, often simplified, perspectives on the world around us.