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Current Exhibition

Franco Leidi
29 December 2021 – 28 January 2022
Opening hours: Wed, Thu, Friday: 11:00-16:00 and by appointment.

VERNISSAGE 29 December, 2021
Open: 12-18
*We follow the new guidelines set by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Government = max 3 people in the gallery at the same time.

NSFW/SVILOVA is proud to present a solo exhibition with Franco Leidi (1933-2008), co-curated by Dafne Leidi. The title Gömstället translates to ‘the hiding place’ which derives from one of the nine works in the show.

Gömstället is an intimate selection from Franco Leidi’s large body of work, which spans over many different techniques and subjects developed by the artist throughout his entire career. The exhibition becomes like an introduction to the funny, dark, lustful, and tender world of Franco.

NSFW/SVILOVA has also gathered a collection of Franco Leidi’s many catalogs and books which are on display at the gallery. The latest catalog “Franco Leidi, Return” (2019) is available for purchase (350 sek).

The text A wellspring of imagery is there within us by Nina Bondeson accompanies the exhibition and is available to download in both Swedish and English by clicking the image below.

“Franco Leidi knew a lot of things. He understood one of the most basic human conditions: that we are doomed to create meaning. If we are hindered in this crucial pursuit of meaning, we are forlorn.”

Nina Bondeson

About the artist

Franco Leidi was born in Milano, Italy 1933, and lived in Sweden from 1971 until his death in 2008.

He was a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, as well as a professor of printmaking at Valand Academy of Fine Art. Leidi is represented widely in Scandinavian museums, state and private collections. He exhibited his work consistently in over 100 solo and group exhibitions including Millesgården, Krognoshuset, Röda Sten, Museo de la Ciudad in Santiago de Querétaro in Mexico, and Museo di Sant’Agostino among others.


Do you remember the riots in Gothenburg
In the summer of two thousand and one?
Boy, we sure had fun!

I held your hand so proud
It was shaking from what I learned was doubt
The warm summer sun

*Do You Remember The Riots?, Jens Lekman (2004)

NSFW/SVILOVA is proud to present the exhibition and project 2001 by artist collective coyote.

2001 takes its point of departure from the events at the EU summit in Gothenburg, 20 years ago. The three days in June was a pivotal moment in Swedish history, where the Swedish police state showed its true face and a symbol of the engagement to reclaim the streets from the centralization of economic power, in the radical left and the anti-globalization movement, which now is nothing but a memory. The exhibition 2001 is a semantic reflection and an extraction of the graffitied slogans which were spread around Gothenburg during the riots. Two newly written texts by Emma Hatt and Samuel Richter will accompany the exhibition.

♾ October 21-23
3.e Våningen – Sockerbruket 9, Gothenburg
Opening hours: 12:00–16:00
With Bernadette Corporation’s film Get Rid of Yourself and Claire Fontaine’s film A fire is a fire is not a fire.

♾ October 21 – November 21
NSFW/SVILOVA – Vasa Kyrkogata 5, Gothenburg
Opening hours: Wed–Fri, 11:00–16:00 or by appointment.

  • A reading was performed during the vernissage by writer Jörgen Gassilewski from his 2006 novel, Göteborgshändelserna.
  • Photo credits: coyote.

The exhibition 2001 is a part of GIBCA Extended, to see the rest of the program visit www.gibca.se. Also special thanks to 0|0 Brewery.

Pär Thörn

NSFW/SVILOVA is delighted to announce “En handlingens man med ett genuint rättspatos“, a newly commissioned text by Pär Thörn.

“En handlingens man med ett genuint rättspatos” (translation: a man of action with a genuine legal pathos) is the fourth release from a series of commissioned texts that will intrinsically engage with the different and varied themes of our exhibition program. 

We welcome you to follow the author on an unexpected episode where used and discarded goods trigger unforeseen connections after interacting with the narrator. The text can be read and downloaded for free by clicking the image below.


Pär Thörn (b.1977) is a writer and electronic musician based in Göteborg. His latest release is “Era anklagelser är meningslösa” (Your accusations are meaningless) with the Swedish book publisher Kaunitz-Olsson.


Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann
Ilja Karilampi
July 24–August 29, 2021

  • Opening: Saturday July 24, 13-17, with DJ YoMama!
    Adress: Nordstan, Götgatan 10, Gothenburg

Nordstan opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-20, Sat-Sun 10-18.

NSFW/SVILOVA is proud to present an installation at the mall Nordstan in Gothenburg by artist Ilja Karilampi. The title Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann, means “how we in different ways are drawn to each other” in Swedish. It is a spatial installation where semi-transparent vinyl in the colors purple, green, and yellow cover the glass on an empty storefront in northern Nordstan.

Visually it reflects the energy that is put into circulation when we navigate towards each other during different phases of our lives; online, a sudden rendezvous on public transportation, or at a club. Communication through NFTs, images, texts, reaction likes, etc – even WHAT we follow says something about us to a potential partner.

Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann is not an interdisciplinary museum display, or a pop-up kosher donut shop, or even a festival stage, but rather it can be seen as a large swimming pool filled with light and letters.

Ilja Karilampi (b. 1983 in Gothenburg) is an artist and a curator based in Stockholm, educated at Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

Karilampi works with an ongoing aesthetic development related to musical energy and visual narrative, often full of references and large-scale sculptural gestures.

Selected exhibitions: Frusen Glädjé, StudyforArtPlatform, Tre Kronor, Stockholm, 2021; Non-space, Revolver Galería, Lima, 2020; Manifesta 12, Palermo, 2018; ARS17, Kiasma, Helsinki, 2017; The Chief Architect of Gangsta Rap, MoMA PS1, New York, 2012, and based in Berlin, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, 2011.

In July 2021, an edition of NFTs, Mutagen will be released on the network Ethereum, produced by the gallery Temnikova & Kasela in Tallinn, Estonia.

In December 2021, Ilja Karilampi will be in Lagos, Nigeria, for a collaboration with the art space hFACTOR.

In addition, Karilampi is working on a public artwork for the Nya Masthuggskajen in Gothenburg, which will be completed in 2023.