Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Marbella
28 of May –  25 of September, 2022

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery proudly presents its second solo exhibition with the established and prominent Swedish artist Anders Kappel. This is Mr. Kappels first exhibition in Spain since he was exhibited at ARCO in the late eighties, and Anders long and impressive CV speaks for itself. Vernissage is open for all and everyone on Saturday the 28th of May between 18.30-21.30h.

The mission Anders Kappel assigned himself was to paint 100 signs in 100 days. In most cases, the motif consists of a name or a word with a light background. Others include abstract forms, color fields, or lines. When we meet at the old farmhouse in Skräddaröd, an isolated corner of Österlen among horse paddocks, apple groves and rolling fields, signs fill the studio. All of them are painted on two-centimeter-thick, birch or pine plywood, cut into rectangles slightly smaller than an A4 sheet of paper — a practical and reader-friendly format. But the project is not as easy to grasp as one might at first think. At close range, the paintings appear worn and tattered, as though having been used over a longer period of time. The surface, that appears white from a distance, is streaked with the grain of the wood underneath, yellowed or marked in places with darker or more brightly colored pigments. Traces and shadows of underlying layers of paint, places or experiences penetrate forth. Fragments of that which has been forgotten, hidden or suppressed over the years. Piled on top of each other, the signs are reminiscent of books, as though the painting itself was just the outer skin of that which lies within. Seen as a whole, they coalesce into a White Book of sorts over the past and present.

”It’s all about wrapping things up and looking back. Of including both the good and bad experiences”, says Anders Kappel. It is tempting to read these paintings as a map, a journal or autobiography. Despite their down-to-earth appearance, these are possibly among Kappel’s most personal works. With his brush, he draws the contours of trademarks, administrative authorities and public transport companies, the logos of which are rendered in minute detail. They indicate locations, occasions, encounters and needs. Moments of failure and success, bureaucracy and travel, happiness and pain. Here we have Aspirin, public employment services, the bailiff, etc. But also German airports and beer brands, Russian airlines and American art magazines. Boulevard Raspail is painted with the characteristic font of the Parisian street network, and bears hints of visits to the museums of the metropolis back in his school years. At the same time, he inserts traces of artists that have been important to him, among others, the Russian constructivist El Lissitzky. Rectangles and diagonals, silhouettes of masts and lookout towers — everything becomes a part of Kappel’s own pictorial idiom. It is clear, however, that these signs are not only connected to the artist’s personal life. Do not be fooled by their seemingly neutral appearance. Despite, or perhaps thanks to, the fact that they make use of the established symbols and imagery of the public space and financial markets, they strike different chords and give rise to different associations in every individual viewer. The fact that the logos are hand painted might perhaps dampen their official appearance, but in no way lessens the effect. There is, on the contrary, something disarming to the uneven edges and traces of brushstrokes that causes one to lower one’s guard.

One can easily view these signs in relation to an art historical tradition. During the 1960s, American pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist incorporated advertising and popular culture into their paintings, silk-screens, collages and assemblages when commenting on the growing consumer society of the post-war era. Several of them had a background in fields of graphic design and marketing, the ideology and aesthetics of which they related to with a combination of admiration and critique. Even a Swedish pop artist such as Öyvind Fahlström experimented with well-known brand names, logotypes, and both current and historical courses of events in his works. With his signs, board games, and paintings, he playfully and subversively suggests various strategies to destabilize the established order of things.

Anders Kappel meticulously examines ideas and words, even when he speaks. Here, the idea of the artist as an analyst of the demands that life places upon us comes into play. It is all about formulating the essence, of boiling it down to one word, one surface, that, in itself, accommodates all other words and surfaces. Hanging on a wall in his studio is a row of rulers, tools and one final sign. A familiar vignette, known from countless cinema salons emerges against its matt, shimmering copper surface.

But once again, our expectations are upended. The surface upon which the vignette is painted bears the shape of a torn off film strip that continues even after the final word marks its end. Kappel’s urge to create signs will surely not end here. To be continued…

This is an extract from the essay “Anders Kappel and the Art of Creating Meaning From Ambiguity” about Kappels work written by the Swedish critic and art historian Caroline Söderholm.


Anders Kappel, born 1956 in Hasslö/Karlskrona (south of Sweden). He now lives and work in the village Skräddaröd outside of Simrishamn in Österlen Sweden. Educated at Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm 1982-87 and at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 1988-89. See full CV below.

For more information and press photos contact: Mattias Tönnheim +46 704-411914 or

Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). The exhibitions opens Saturday the 28th of May between 18.30-21.30h and goes on until the 25 of September 2022. The gallery is open Monday – Friday at 14.00-18.00. And we are open any day by appointment.


Wadström Tönnheim Gallery’s mission is to examine the idea of the painterly, be it also through related media such as photography, sculpture, installations, video and drawing, in order to understand and to promote the direction of painting and its relevance to contemporary visual culture. WTG is owned and operated by Mattias Tönnheim & Andreas Åkesson.



Moderna Museet, Stockholm

The National Public Art Council, Stockholm

Malmö Art Museum

Gothenburg Museum of Art

Norrköping Art Museum

Linköping Art Museum

Kristianstad Museum

Kalmar Art Museum

Blekinge Museum, Karlskrona

Skissernas Muséum, Lund

Sammlung Grünke, Germany

Tomelilla Konstsamling



NUNSKU Artist Studio Program, Berlin

Edstrandska Stiftelsen Art Prize

Lengertz Art Prize

Bror Ljunggrens Memorial Fund

Malmö Municipality Culture Grant

Ellen Trotzig Scolarship

Richard Björklund Scolarship


Karlkrona Kommun Culture Grant


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Marbella Spain

2021 Galleri Bergdala, Växjö

2019 Galleri 21, Malmö

2018 ”Gaskets” Konsthallen Hishult

2017, Galleri Bergdala, Växjö

2015 “Surveillance”, Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Skanör

2014 “Cross Sectional Images”, Galerie Leger, Malmö

2013 APA Gallery, Stockholm

2012 Showroom, Simrishamn

2011 Karlskrona Konsthall

2010 Konsthallen Hishult

2010 Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm

2007 Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm

2007 Konsthallen Kristianstad

2004 Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm

2004 Galerie Hartwich, Germany

2004 Konsthallen Hishult

2001 Galleri Andersson Sandström, Umeå

2000 Galleri Hartwich, Germany

1996 Malmö Konsthall, Mellanrummet

1995 Ronneby Kulturcentrum

1995 Konsthallen Hishult

1993 Olle Olsson-huset, Hagalund

1993 Galleri Fahl, Stockholm

1990 Periscope Stockholm

1989 Galleri Sten Eriksson, Stockholm

1989 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

1988 Galleri Bengt Adlers, Malmö

1987 Galleri Bernhardsson, Malmö

1986 Galleri Gunnar Olsson, Stockholm

1984 Galleri Erichs, Malmö


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Marbella Art Fair, Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Marbella/Spain

2020, 2021 “Septemberutställningen” Galleri Wallner, Simris

2020 “Art Walk” Tjörnedala Konsthall

2018 ”From Sweden With Love”, Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Marbella/Spain

2017 “Crossing Borders” Tjörnedala Konsthall, Baskemölla

2017 “Secondhand Daylight”, Skjul Fyra Sex, Gothenburg

2017 “Grafikbiennal” Brösarps Konsthall

2017 “Secondhand Daylight” Kummelholmen Konsthall, Stockholm

2017 ”SURF”, Garlerie Hartwich, Germany

2017 “Polyfoni 4″ Galleri Wallner, Simris

2016 “The Gallery Collection”, Gallery Wadström Tönnheim, Skanör

2015 Brösarps Konsthall

2015 APA Gallery, Stockholm

2014 “Restaurering av inre rum”, Charlottenburgs gård, Solna

2014 Tjörnedala Konsthall, Baskemölla Sweden

2013 ”Ostrale”, Dresden, Germany

2013 “Black Box” Konsthallen Hishult, Sweden

2013 ”Polyfoni 1” Galleri Wallner, Sweden

2012 ”Power” Västerås Konstmuseum, Sweden
2009 ”Touristen” Galerie Hartwich, Germany

2007 “AlteFreunde-Neue Freunde” Galerie Hartwich, Germany

2008 “By Light” Malmö

2006 “Klimat” Passagen Linköping

2005 “Zum Wasser-Ins Licht”, Wismar, German

2005 Art CPH Copenhagen (Björkholmen Gallery)

2004 “Seeblicke 2″ Sellin, Germany

2001 “Shifte” Malmö Konstmuseum

2000-01 “Oskuldens Århundrade” Rooseum och Liljevalchs Konsthall, Sweden

1999 “Contemporary Art of Southern Sweden” Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum, South Korea

1999 “Edstrandska stiftelsens stipendiater” Rooseum

1992 “The Contemporary Art” in Sweden, Fukui; Iwaki; Gunma; Kumamoto; Tokushima Kamakura Museum, Japan1991

1992  ”36 Contemporary Swedish Artists”, Royal College of Art, London

1991 “80 Zwischen 90″, Kampnagelfabrik, Hamburg

1990 ”Sommeratelier” Deutsche Messe, Hannover

1990 “Samtiden i en spegel”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

1990 “Nordic Art Exhibition”, Charlottenborg Copenhagen

1988 ARCO Madrid, Wetterling Gallery

1988 Frankfurt Art Fair, Galleri Bengt Adlers

1987 “Sydnytt” Malmö Konsthall

1987 Galleri Wetterling, Stockholm

1982 “Ungt måleri i Skåne”, Galleri Nordqvist Malmö

1981 “Unga tecknare” Nationalmuseum Stockholm



Danderyds Sjukhus, Stockholm

Stadt Wismar, Germany.

Stockholm Konst, Beckomberga skola.

Solna stad, Charlottenburgs gård.

Stockholm University, Geo-huset Frescati.

Medicon Village Lund.

Södersjukhusets entré Stockholm.

Karlshamns Rådhussal.

University of Gothenburg, Journalistik och Media.

Helix, Flemingsberg.

Lyckeby Kunskapscentrum, Karlskrona.

Citybanan/Odenplan Stockholm.

Jonebergs Torg, Simrishamn.





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