In the swedish artworld, Peter Johansson is known as one of the most active contemporary artists. His colorful and seemingly popular works provoke and challenge the viewer to question traditional norms, values ??and identities. And he does it with a humorous and somewhat crazy twist that is appreciated - mostly. His sliced and packaged copies of the traditional swedish wooden souvenir horses, his cultural center in a small town called Nässjö, repainted into a mosque, has amused and concerned. The greatest indignation was in the German city of Munster, when he placed three drinking nazi associated skinheads in a red house boat.
The Örebro audience know him mostly through the sculpture, "Untitled" where the name Johansson, similar in proportions and font to the famous Hollywood sign, is climbing on " a former slag heap in Kumla which is now a sculpture park.
Peter Johansson has since the University of Art in Stockholm in the early 90's until the early 2000's worked with the Swedish self-image. Thereafter, he was in an artistic duo named Peter Johansson / Barbro Westling whose crowing cuckoo appeared on the outside of Örebro Castle for the Open Art 2011. In cooperation with Barbro Westling he continues with exhibitions planned for 2013 and 2014, among others in the Värmland Museum and Jönköping County Museum, but in 2012, Peter is making two major exhibitions, a newly produced larger effort including directory for the Zorn Museum in Mora with opening 15 December and Hoppla! (Giddy up!) now beginning at Örebro Konsthall.
Örebro Konsthall looks forward to show Peter Johansson on a large scale. He will not only use the gallery's two floors but also a square (Järntorget), where the design and content are displeasing the citizens of Örebro.