Beck & Jung (Holger Bäckström and Bo Ljungberg)

Scandinavian (1939–1997 and 2007)

About the artist:

Beck & Jung was the Swedish artist duo Holger Backstrom (1939-1997) and Bo Ljungberg (1939-2007). Beck & Jung is known among other things for the artwork Hello patient at the entrance to Huddinge Hospital and the mass produced ashtray Ultima with grids in checkered profile, which existed in many public buildings. Most famous are the variations of the three-dimensional grid in rainbow colors, which they designed as a test print for an early inkjet printers. These images (color cubes) were also sold as paintings. Beck & Jung's first solo exhibition was at Lunds Konsthall 1967. The duo had already in 1966 started using the mainframe as an artistic medium. Image print options were limited at this time and the artists were forced to use radskrivarens default font to form the first primitive images. Despite technical difficulties and skepticism from colleagues and critics' side, they saw the great potential extension of the graphical image. During the 1970 - and 1980's, they worked mainly up images of Lund University computer center. The black and white images, they then took out was printed with stylus printers or pen plotter. From 1973 worked Beck & Jung mainly with pictures in color, and the same year they showed their first computer-generated color images of Youth Biennale in Paris. Color graphics series Chromo Cube, Tebtunis, Dragon and Dendra are all produced using the Lund University data center inkjet, "The Color Ink Jet Plotter". The process is described in detail in the duo's book Chromo Cube from 1980. Data images are usually presented in the form of prints, such as lithographs or serigraphs, but they have also been used by artists as sketches for easel pictures and larger embellishments. In the studio in Lund had Beck & Jung Macs and a Canon CLC 800 color laser printer that could print directly on acid-free paper graphics. When artists reviewed and approved the photos, numbered and signed the limited edition. Color laser images from the series Shoowa, Mini Flag, Color operator, Signal and Dendrabanan are produced in this way. Beck & Jung painting and experiment with computer-generated images was recognized around the world, especially in the U.S. where they have had a dozen solo exhibitions. They have over the years also performed monumental decorations in Sweden and abroad. During the early 1970s, was designed also ashtray Ultima from bildalfabetets foundations. This sold over a million copies [citation needed]. In autumn 1996, they performed an extensive ornamentation of Studentlitteratur Education Center in Lund. They also, on behalf of the Courts Administration, stood for the artistic decoration of the court premises on Klippans District Court. In 1996, they participated in several group exhibitions and had solo exhibitions at Galerie including Edward in Trelleborg. During the spring of 1997, they had a solo exhibition at Gallery Rackargården in Kalmar. During the summer, they showed a suite of new data generated images at International Poster Triennal'97 in Cracow in Poland and last show together was "Computer Arts" which was shown at the Museum der Stadt Gladbeck in Germany. In conjunction with the exhibition "Beck & Jung-Data Arts Pioneers" was published in 2009 the book with cheerful greetings - Beck & Jung. Museums and University Collections Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden Art museum Malmo Museum, Sweden Röhss Museum Gothenburg, Sweden Viking's Art Museum, Helsingborg, Sweden Ystad Art Museum, Sweden Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Finland Bibliotheque National, Paris, France Bundner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland Copper-Hewitt Museum, New York, N. Y. USA Franklin Furnace, New York, N. Y. USA Gentofte Art Library, Denmark Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany Milwaukee Art Museum, WI. USA Museum für Kunst, Lübeck, Germany Museum of Art, Cholet, France Museum of Modern Art, Budapest, Hungary Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Calif. USA Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Calif. USA Städtische Museum, Freiburg, Germany Tessin Institute, Paris, France The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan The Pratt Art Collection, New York, USA Wilhelm-Haak-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany Gruenenbaum, UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif. USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mass. USA University of Karlsruhe, TH, Germany University of Paris VIII, France University of Roma, "Guido Castelnuovo", Italy Vrije Universiteit A.I.Lab Brussels, Belgium Working in the public environment (selection) Corner Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1984 Svaleboskolan, Veberöd, Sweden, 1984 M / S Queen Elizabeth II, U.K., 1984 Forest Nursing Home Bargains, Bastad, Sweden, 1984 Lundabygdens Savings, Lund, Sweden, 1984 Ball AG, W-Berlin, Germany, 1985 Tycho Brahe School, Helsingborg, Sweden, 1986 Forskarbyn Ideon, Lund, Sweden, 1986 Salman Trust, Saduz, Liechtenstein, 1987 Stock Exchange Building, Malmö, Sweden, 1987 DMG, Dental Materials, Hamburg, Germany, 1987 K-Konsult, Lund, Sweden, 1988 GARO AB Gnosjo, Sweden, 1988 Tetra Pak Ltd, Wrexham, U.K., 1988 Palm Color, Hamburg, Germany, 1989 Bygghälsan, Malmo, Sweden, 1989 Tnuva, Tel-Yosef, Israel, 1989 Lamberet, Saint-Cyr-sur-Menthon, France, 1989 Pharmacy Stork, Eslöv, Sweden, 1989 Tetra Pak, Lund, Sweden, 1990 HemoCue, Angelholm, Sweden, 1990 Urbanization Kv. The milk, Umeå, Sweden 1991 Canon Swedish AB, Malmo, Sweden, 1992 Tnuva, Tel-Yosef, Israel, 1993 Delta Desserts Plant, Athens, Greece, 1993 Parmalat, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1994 Flight Management School, F5 Ljungbyhed, Sweden, 1994 Astra Draco, Lund, Sweden, 1995 Klippan District Court, Klippan, Sweden, 1996 University Press, Lund, Sweden, 1996 Cubes in Flux, 1972, south facade of the center house in Linerovägen, Vikingavägen in Lund, 1972

Beck & Jung (Holger Bäckström and Bo Ljungberg)

Scandinavian (1939–1997 and 2007)

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About the artist:

Beck & Jung was the Swedish artist duo Holger Backstrom (1939-1997) and Bo Ljungberg (1939-2007). Beck & Jung is known among other things for the artwork Hello patient at the entrance to Huddinge Hospital and the mass produced ashtray Ultima

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