Per opens his first statue exhibition in May

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STOCKHOLM – Art is not just short for Arthur it seems after all. In the footsteps of Marie Fredriksson, Per will open an art exhibition of his own in May, coincidentally with the re-release of “The World According to Gessle.” We have previously seen Per’s drawings in the “Mazarin” album booklet and he even created a painting for an auction in 2003, but this exhibition will be something completely different. It’s entitled, “The Art According to Gessle.”

“I’ve always liked the classic Greek statues. Michelangelo’s David and all that, you know. I even have a couple of antique statues in my house,” Per says to The Daily Roxette. “So I thought, what the heck, why shouldn’t I get my hands dirty and try to re-create that magnificient style. It’s not that popular these days, but I don’t think I need to worry about that, do I?” Per says with a crooked smile.

Per has transformed a room in his house in Halmstad into a studio where he works exclusively with Ferrara marble imported from Italy. Like all the great masters, he actually has an assistant doing much of the actual sculpting. Per provides direct supervision and instruction.

Per will be interviewed about these new works on Kulturnyheterna on SVT2 at 19:00 CET today. The program is also broadcast on SVT Play on the Internet.

Editor’s Note: As many of you guessed from the Dateline… this was indeed our April Fool’s joke. Thanks to Jastrow for the photo!  – LEO

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