Sture Johannesson

Sture Johannesson

Edited by Lars Bang Larsen

Distributed for Sternberg Press




“When the legend becomes a fact, print the legend”

In the sixties, Sture Johannesson's psychedelic posters upset both the Swedish authorities and the “serious” left wing with their delirious drug politics. His pioneering body of work developed throughout the seventies and eighties, capturing the zeitgeist of three decades. More importantly, Johannesson's posters, happenings, and experiments with new media – electronic as well as narcotic–demonstrated that the way authority programs society is more hallucinatory than any drug could ever be.

This book, part psychedelic philosophy, part biography, is the first to present Sture Johannesson's work in depth, documenting his affiliations with the “high” underground and the punk movement, his activism and his radical exploration of the relationships between art, politics, technology, and human consciousness.

Co-published with NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art

ContributorsLars Bang Larsen and Sture Johannesson


$27.00 T ISBN: 9780971119352 104 pp. | 9.25 in x 12.25 in 81 color illus., 31 b&w illus.

Not for sale in Europe or the UK.


Lars Bang Larsen

Lars Bang Larsen is an art historian and curator. He is coeditor of several volumes published by Sternberg Press, including Fundamentalisms of the New Order and The Phantom of Liberty.