painting with beach and people

Tilpo, Best Wishes from Us, 2011 Photo: Albin Dahlström Bildupphovsrätt 2022


Best Wishes from Us

30.4 2022 – 25.9 2022

Tilpo is the common pseudonym for the painter Hans Eriksson and the set designer Hanna Aihonen. Together, the artist couple create stories that open up new ways of looking at the world. Their imaginative paintings turn the familiar inside out and tear up boundaries between reality and visions.

With few exceptions, the works in this exhibition are from the last few years, and some are brand new. During the first weekend of the exhibition, Tilpo will also create a large painting on site in the museum before a live audience.

Hans Eriksson studied at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm from 1981 through 1986, and for decades he has been regarded as an artist’s artist. Hanna Aihonen Eriksson has extensive experience of work in the theatre world and acts as a co-creator in these paintings. Their work together on this exhibition and on other artistic projects is part of a collaboration that has been going on for twenty years.

In their paintings, the artist duo invites us into imaginative, astonishing, and tumultuous visual worlds where logic has either partially or entirely ceased to function. Anything can happen—we are only limited by our imaginations. In these evocative and brilliantly painted pictures, there is gravity and darkness, but also glimmers of light and a humorous view of the world we human beings create and inhabit. It is up to us, the viewers, to ponder what it is we’re actually looking at.

Tilpo’s pictures are ambiguous and multi-layered. They shed light on the world we live in, and they pose questions and thematize complex contexts. In these turbulent times, their work feels more relevant than ever.

Over the years, Tilpo has shown their work in both solo and group exhibitions in Sweden, Finland, South Africa, and several other countries. Best Wishes from Us is their first solo exhibition at Moderna Museet. The artist duo has three works in Moderna Museet’s permanent collection and others in a number of Swedish and Finish museum collections.

Curator: Iris Müller-Westermann

The exhibition is shown in the New gallery

Map of Moderna Museet Malmö
Map of Moderna Museet Malmö


Painting of house of cards
Tilpo, Blackmail, 2021 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022
Painting with dark objects and text
Tilpo, Collector´s Exodus, 2015 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022
Painting with people in landscape
Tilpo, Pata, Pata, 2021 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022
Painting with pants as balloons over landscape
Tilpo, Night Winds, 2018 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022