The Erling Neby Collection
Published by Skira.
By Karin Hellandsjo.
This book gives an overview and insight into the unique collection of the Norwegian art collector Erling Neby. Erling Neby is an owner of one of the most important and precious private collections of constructivist and concrete art in Europe, and even worldwide. But he's also a Hi-Fi connoisseur and successful businessman.
Neby's collection provides a personal view of concrete and geometric constructivist art as seen by the collector. Over a period of thirty years, Neby has been building up his collection in Oslo, a collection which is today unequalled in the Nordic countries and is world-renowned. Among the artists included in the collection are: Josef Albers, Olle Baertling, Jean Dewasne, Emilio Gilioli, Jan Groth, Arne Malmedal, Aurelie Nemours, Lars G. Nordström, Paul Osipow, Jesus Rafael Soto, Victor Vasarely, and Thornton Willis.
Since 2004, John Peter Nilsson is curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. He was editor-in-chief between 1999 - 2002 for Nu: The Nordic Art Review, and between 1996 - 1999 for Siksi, The Nordic Art Review. Beside beeing a freelance art critic for the Swedish daily Aftonbladet between 1986 - 2004, Mr. Nilsson also organised several exhibitions as an independent curator, among others he was curator for The Nordic Pavilion at The Venice Biennale 1999. At Moderna Museet he is in charge of the prgrammes and he has also been curating, among others, the Swedish quadrennial “The Moderna Exhibition 2006” (2006); “Olle Baertling - A Modern Classic” (2007); “Dalí Dalí featuring Francesco Vezzoli” (2009).Karin Hellandsjø, has her Master in art history from the University of Oslo. She worked as curator at the Henie Onstad Art Centre for almost two decades, during the 1970's and 80's, before joining the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo as their chief curator from 1988 till 2005. In March 2005 she came back to the Henie Onstad Art Centre as director. Hellandsjø has since the start of her career been involved in national and international museum work and collaboration, and has curated many major national and international exhibitions throughout the years. She is also a notable scholar on modern art, a lecturer and an active writer.