Bo Thomas Henriksson

Thomas Bo Henriksson was born 1964 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he also studied painting at the Royal College of Arts. After a 5-year stay in New York, he moved to Berlin in 2000. Since 2004 he is living and working in Werkhalle Wiesenburg Berlin. It was opened in 1896 as a new and modern homeless shelter by the Berliner Obdachlos Asyl Verein to accommodate the growing number of homeless people in Berlin. Designed by architects Töbelmann and Schmock, it was a partly self-sufficient facility with its own electricity supply and a 112m deep well. Quickly called ‘Die Wiesenburg’ amongst the homeless, it provided up to 21,000 short-term shelter places per month. New standards were set in this epidemic-prone city through modern metal beds, the disinfection and washing of clothes and the possibility to shower and bathe. The physician Rudolf Virchow, politician Paul Singer, industrialists including Borsig and Bolle and members of Berlin’s Jewish community. Here, people were treated for the first time humanely and with care. Unlike other municipal shelters, religious observance was not necessary, the police had no access and a man could stay here anonymously for up to four days a month.

In this magical place the most mysterious Swedish painter creates, ignoring the materialistic value of the contemporary art.
Henriksson’s paintings evoke the idea of the event horizon beyond which all else is unknown. They set the tone both stylistically and thematically for the other works in this show, which share explorations of the boundaries between order and chaos, the familiar and the enigmatic.

Thomas Bo Henriksson