Mikael Olsson (photographer)

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Born1969 (age 54–55)
Lerum, Sweden
EducationPhotography and Film
Alma mater
  • Göteborgs University
  • Brooks University
  • Photographer
  • Artist
  • Actor
Known forKnown for his book Södrakull Frösakull

Mikael Olsson (born 1969 in Lerum, Sweden) is a Swedish photographer, artist and actor. He is known for his book Södrakull Frösakull[1] with photos of the summer home of modernist designer Bruno Mathsson (Steidl 2011)[2] and collaborations with filmmakers such as Luca Guadagnino, fashion designer Jun Takahashi, artist Ai Weiwei and author Péter Nádas. Olsson participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale’s Main Exhibition 2018.[3]


The Department of Photography and Film, Göteborgs University, Sweden (1993-96). Brooks University of Photography,Santa Barbara, CA (1995).


As a student Olsson started a decade long collaboration with Gothenburg Film Festival, resulting in several books for the festival.[4]

He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, in Sweden and internationally, published two books with Steidl verlag[5]; acted in Palme d'Or winner The Square by Ruben Östlund (2017), Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria (2018)[6] and Isaac Julien's Lessons of the hour (2019).

In 2018 Olsson participated in Venice Architecture Biennale’s Main Exhibition in Giardini.

Amongst his clients are New York Times' T Magazine.[7]

Olsson’s photographs from the set of Suspiria are printed on the collection by Jun Takahashi of Japanese label UNDERCOVER LAB 19AW WOMENS "SUSPIRIUM" [8]


In his book Södrakull Frösakull (Steidl, 2011) Mikael Olsson investigate ideas about perception and representation. The book comprises a work that is a photographic interpretation of Bruno Mathsson's two private houses.[9]


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Södrakull Frösakull (Steidl 2011)



  • Södrakull Frösakull at House of Sweden, Washington DC (2012)[10]
  • Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University, New York (2011)[11]
  • Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (2010)[12]
  • Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (2009)[13]
  • Mikael Olsson's film KOSTA 3:30 (in collaboration with Andreas Roth. Sound Carsten Nicolai) has been screened at CINEORAMA, Düsseldorf (2012)[14]
  • Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (2009)[15]
  • DOKU.ARTS, Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin (2007)[16]
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006)[17]

Group shows

  • Participated in 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale’s Main Exhibition in Giardini.[18]
  • Gathered Fates, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (2015)
  • Platsens själ, Artipelag (2012)[19]
  • STENA15, Göteborgs Konstmuseum (2011)[20]
  • Momentum Design, Momentum Kunsthall Moss and From the Collection, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (2010);
  • Instabilt, Kulturhuset, Stockholm and Bildmuseet, Umeå (2004)
  • Insight-Out, Kunstraum Innsbruck; Kunsthaus Baselland; Kunsthaus Hamburg (1999)
  • Speed of Life, Uppsala Konst- museum (1998).


KOSTA 3:30 in collaboration with Andreas Roth. Sound Carsten Nicolai (2006) [21]

SALLE 2:118 SIRI with Jakob Marky (2011)[22]


The Square Ruben Östlund (2017)[23] Suspiria Luca Guadagnino (2018)[24] Lessons of the hour Isaac Julien (2019)[25]

In the media



  1. https://www.svd.se/ett-liv-fangat-i-gliporna
  2. https://steidl.de/Books/Soedrakull-Froesakull-0515284049.html
  3. https://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/2018/partecipants/kieran-long-johan-%C3%B6rn-james-taylor-foster-arkdes-petra-gipp-mikael-olsson
  4. https://www.mikaelolsson.se/index.php?id=199
  5. https://steidl.de/Artists/Mikael-Olsson-0226283248.html
  6. https://www.gp.se/kultur/kultur/svensk-konstn%C3%A4r-spelar-mot-tilda-swinton-1.11124862
  7. https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2016/08/01/t-magazine/luca-guadagnino-milan-home-interior-design.html?searchResultPosition=7
  8. Collection.https://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/43580/1/undercover-jun-takahashi-suspiria-aw19-collection-tilda-swinton-cult-movie
  9. https://steidl.de/Artists/Mikael-Olsson-0226283248.html
  10. https://www.sfoto.se/f/mikael-olsson-house-of-sweden-washington-dc/
  11. https://mtwtf.com/arthur-ross-architecture-gallery
  12. https://nordenhake.com/exhibitions/2010/soedrakull-froesakull
  13. https://www.hasselbladfoundation.org/wp/sv/utstallningar/tidigare-utstallningar/
  14. http://www.doku-arts.de/archive/2007/en/program/films/kosta.html
  15. https://www.hasselbladfoundation.org/wp/sv/utstallningar/tidigare-utstallningar/
  16. http://www.doku-arts.de/archive/2007/en/program/films/kosta.html
  17. https://www.modernamuseet.se/stockholm/sv/utstallningar/siri-derkert/filmer-i-utstallningen/
  18. https://arkitekten.se/nyheter/petra-gipp-stor-utstallning-venedig/
  19. https://artipelag.se/utstallning/platsens-sjal/
  20. http://www.gallerimagnuskarlsson.com/news/jens-f%C3%A4nge-stena-15-g%C3%B6teborgs-konstmuseum-sweden
  21. (2006)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7287058/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_2
  22. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9092288/?ref_=nm_knf_t3
  23. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4995790/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  24. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034415/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  25. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10905726/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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