Original illustrations by Shaun Tan exhibited at museum Bror Hjorths Hus

Photo: Bror Hjorths hus

Photo: Bror Hjorths hus

Original illustrations by 2011 ALMA laureate Shaun Tan are now exhibited at artist’s museum Bror Hjorths Hus in Uppsala. The exhibition area is inspired by Shaun Tan’s pictorial worlds, with a combination of photo walls and original illustrations along with space for creative children and adults. Some 50 original illustrations are displayed, including three large oil paintings from Shaun Tan’s latest book Rules of Summer. The idea behind the selection of art pieces is that the audience can follow the story for a better context. Maria Malmberg-Wallin is museum curator and responsible for the exhibition:

How come you choose to exhibit works by Shaun Tan?

Bror Hjorths hus has a tradition of exhibiting children’s book illustrations each spring. Shaun Tan is an amazing artist making picture books for people of all ages, and it really is a dream to showcase his illustrations.

What’s so special about his work, do you think?

He is such a multilateral storyteller working in so many ways with so many different techniques. It is exciting to see how he uses the picture book as a medium for his art. The subjects of his books are universal.

Has Shaun Tan himself influenced the contents?

We´ve have had a very good dialogue concerning the selection of illustrations. He’s an amazingly friendly person and has helped in the best way. We came with suggestions on which illustrations would be displayed, and then we talked further about the matter.

Has Shaun Tan himself influenced the contents?

We´ve have had a very good dialogue concerning the selection of illustrations. He’s an amazing friendly person and has helped in the best way. We came with suggestions on which illustrations would be out, and then we talked further about the matter.

What’s the reactions from the public?

Great reactions, we are very happy. There have been lots of visitors since the exhibition opened on April 5, many more than usual.

The exhibition is open until June 1st.

Photo: Bror Hjorths hus

Photo: Bror Hjorths hus

Photo: Bror Hjorths hus

Photo: Bror Hjorths hus

Photo: Bror Hjorts hus

Photo: Bror Hjorts hus

Shaun Tan. Photo: Stefan Tell.

Shaun Tan. Photo: Stefan Tell.

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