© Sture Johannesson. #2
1«…Swedish By Sture Johannesson
Reprimand for “strongly critical views”
The Swedish State Visual Arts Fund:
“I notice that you in spite of your strongly critical views
repeatedly applies for money from the Arts Grants Committee”
For the Board of The Swedish Visual Arts Fund
Lars Olof Gustafson
Secretary of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and IASPIS
e-mail 2003-12-10, Dnr 63-136/2003
From Local Art Forgery workshop to State Fence Central
The Chairman and CEO of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Mr. Sune Nordgren, who dictated the letter from the
Swedish State Board of the Visual Arts Fund,
started his career as director of Malmö Konsthall 1990, whom supervised and administered the fabrication
of the false “BRILLO”-boxes by Andy Warhol in Malmö Konsthall’s workspace — three years after the death of Andy Warhol in 1987!
After this major scale art forgery experience, the Swedish State Arts Grants Committee and The Visual Arts Fund is now being transformed
into corrupt Staterun fence receivinghouses, paying out money from the taxpayers pockets for
stolen concepts and artworks! The legitimizing of conceptual thefts is also a form of Art forgery, like issued false certificates.
“How was Hultén and Springfeldt really thinking? And what was Sune Nordgren thinking, who recently had taken over as new director
of Malmö Konsthall, when the manufacturing of the boxes occured? Not an easy seat, as a new director to take decisions about a
little irregular job on the side, initiated by the previous director.”
(SDS May 31 2007)
“S… ‘that was unnecessary’ No……”
Despite the self-label “expert, objective and impartial” and with knowledge of local ties has avoided the President to identify the true author (see above).
So “it was well unnecessary”!
The chairman is not the first unsuccessful artist and fumbler in history, having acquired the power to disregard the second and deciding what is “good art”
and what is “entartete” (degenerated), what is original and what is plagiarism - and certainly not what is copyrighted and what is counterfeit!
“Middle of” or “Outside?”
I applied for a grant in 2003 to my exhibition “Counterclockwise Circumambulation” in Lund Konsthall in 2004, the first after 36 years of exclusion, since the poster
“Revolution Means Revolutionary Consciousness!” in 1968, but received not one penny. Instead issued the board of the The Swedish Visual Arts Fund by the
secretary a sharp reprimand (correction) for my “highly critical comments” (see above).
A “Professor of the Free Arts” with permanent employment, however, was granted 598 000 SEK (~ U.S. $ 86 000) for reliance holiday pay and to do an exhibition
with some speculative selected artists in his home in southern Öland. The exhibition is appropriately called the “Middle of” - not so much for the corners location as
for the professor position in the grants Reichs-Culture-Camaraderie! The record amount from Konstnärsnämnden (Arts Grants Committee), however, was only a small part of
the staggering million in a comprehensive contribution acrobatics with municipalities, county councils, industry, EU and several others involved. The exhibition is reviewed
as is customary in the local press - nice visit in the area, “free” artists on the State Arts Mission! But caused no other rings on the water.
My exhibition “Counterclockwise Circumambulation” in Lund Konsthall in 2004 was devastated brutally and destroyed by the police. The police action had nothing to
do with industrial hemp or any other kind of hemp, it was directed against me personally, my existence. Nobody “free artist” found reason to protest against
censorship surgery. “Freedom of Art” has nothing to do with Art’s freedom! Not with free speech either. The governmental Swedish
“art control” with responsibilities in this area of interest is much more involved in heavy budgets from the Treasury that they can allocate between his
patronage, than to defend freedom of expression. Not ever National Council for Cultural Affairs, National Art Council, Konstnärsnämnden, IASPIS or any of their second
tentacle organizations protested against the censorship, in many interventions I have been exposed to over the years, so neither this time.