This exhibition places the concept "idyll" into a context of Swedish literary history and popular culture by highlighting works from different periods. The idyll has been, and is, used to express a critique of modernity, by advocate alternative life styles and ways of organizing society.

Meet the authors Karl-Erik Forsslund (1872-1941), Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1973) and Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), the protest singer Bernt Staf (1945-2002) and the blogger Clara Lidström (1986-). These writers all share a number of basic genre traits, and they also illustrate how the idyll as a disrespected genre has adapted itself to the development of popular media outlets – from the novel to the blog via the LP-record.

Green waves and red cottages runs during the period of May 9th to October 19th 2019.

The exhibition is part of the research projectBack to the homestead. The idyll as a critical and aesthetic discourse in Swedish literaturefunded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond.


  • Ann-Sofi Ljung Svensson

The exhibition

Date: May 16th – October 15th, 2019

Location: Orkanen Library, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10

Exhibition webpage - in swedish