Klas Östergren has kept the mythical figure of John Löwenskjöld and the ILAC insurance organisation in mind ever since he first saw Björn Lövin’s exhibition “In memoriam” at Liljevalchs almost fifty years ago. Ten years later the author became personally acquainted with Lövin in Paris, when the artist exhibited his fictional worlds in a large pavilion at the Centre Pompidou. Now, after years of harbouring thoughts about writing something on the theme of Lövin’s work, the idea has finally come to fruition.
During the spring and summer “L’Image”, as the exhibition was titled in Paris, has been resurrected at Moderna Museet after an interval of more than 40 years, with the reconstruction of some of Björn Lövin’s installations, including “L’Image”. Once again the presence of John Löwenskjöld and ILAC is felt strongly in the exhibition.
The book’s first-person narrator is engrossed in a murder that was committed at a German airport decades earlier. The victim was a Swede, John Löwenskjöld, General Secretary for the International Life Assurance Company, ILAC. This out-of-the ordinary insurance organisation offers fully comprehensive cover that includes commitments to guarantee its customers a long and happy life, and the peace of mind that comes with a totally secure existence.
The narrator has grown up in a family that has taken advantage of the benefits of ILAC protection. However, in addition to seeking the answer to why Löwenskjöld was shot, the narrator also has reason to reflect on the actual feasibility of insuring oneself against every conceivable nuance of misfortune without creating new sources of anguish.
Klas Östergren reads from “Större trygghet aldrig fanns”
Saturday 3 September 2022
The program is introduced by the exhibition’s curator Matilda Olof-Ors and the author Klas Östergren. Then follows a reading from the book “Större trygghet aldrig fanns”.
After the reading, there is time for questions from the audience.
In the exhibition “Björn Lövin – The Surrounding Reality”, floor 4
Ticket to the exhibition “Björn Lövin – The Surrounding Reality” is needed
Admission: 150 SEK
Reduced admission: 120 SEK (seniors and students)
Free admission for those 18 and under and Klubb Moderna
Klas Östergren made his debut as an author in 1975 with the novel “Attila”. He has since published around 20 novels and anthologies of short stories and articles.
He has also worked with the translation of prose and drama, not least of Henrik Ibsen’s contemporary dramas – published in a two-volume edition – and as a scriptwriter for film and TV productions, including “The Marriage of Gustav III”, “Offer och gärningsmän” (“Victims and Perpetrators”) and “Soldiers by Moonlight”, the latter two directed by Tomas Alfredson.
With carefully chosen details, Björn Lövin (1937–2009) built up fictional worlds, like film sets, which the visitor could step into. In the exhibition “The Surrounding Reality”, three of Björn Lövin’s extensive environments have been reconstructed.
Read more about the exhibition here:
“Björn Lövin – The Surrounding Reality”