Öyvind Fahlström, Ade-Ledic-Nander II, 1955-1957.Moderna Museet Stockholm. Donation 1959 from Theodor Ahrenberg. Photo/Foto: TES.

The title of the exhibition (Party for Öyvind) quotes an invitation sent out by Patty and Claes Oldenburg, who in 1967 threw a party to celebrate Öyvind Fahlström’s birthday in New York.

Öyvind Fahlström (1928-1976) studied art history and archaeology in Stockholm and Rome. On moving to Rome in 1952 he immersed himself in the local art scene

In 1961 he travelled to the USA on a stipend together with his wife and collaborator, Barbro Östlihn. The couple’s first friends in New York were Patty and Claes Oldenburg. Fahlström, moreover, was able to take over Robert Rauschenberg’s studio and he , he experienced the rise of Pop Art and happenings at first hand. He stayed on in the city up to his death.  Öyvind met Tinguely in 1955 when the latter came to Stockholm for his first solo show in Sweden.

The exhibition shows the major works and the (artistic) life of the artist.