The sculpture outside Moderna Museet Malmö
Leif Bolter, Pulsating System of Co-ordinates, 1969-1978 © Leif Bolter/BUS 2013. Photo: Linnea Svensson Arbab
In the plaza outside Moderna Museet Malmö, you will find the mighty Pulsating System of Co-ordinates, Leif Bolter’s six-metre sculpture weighing one tonne. This work, which belongs to the Moderna Museet collection, consists of navy-blue-and-white striped rotating plastic cylinders.
Leif Bolter (b. 1941) is a sculptor known for his many public works and embellishments, including the Memorial for Anna Lindh at Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm. Pulsating Coordinate System was shown for the first time in London in 1969, in Tokyo and Kyoto in 1973, and in Warsaw, Krakow, Helsinki and Turku in 1977-78. It was then on display at Moderna Museet on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm until the museum moved out of its old premises. When the new museum building was under construction, it stood in the museum’s temporary premises in the old tram hall on Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm.
“Leif Bolter's early oeuvre was inspired by scientific phenomena. On the one hand, his “Pulsating System of Co-ordinates” is a coherent, logical system of slowly rotating blue-and-white cylinders. On the other, we can perceive a horizontal movement in the sculpture. It appears to lift from the ground and to drill its way into infinite space. We are very happy to be able to show one of Moderna Museet’s most fantastic sculptures. It has been in storage for many years, but thanks to the Malmö Roads Administration and the Malmö Förskönings- och Planteringsförening (the Society for Aesthetic Improvement and Planting), it is now standing in all its glory outside Moderna Museet Malmö,” says John Peter Nilsson, museum director at Moderna Museet Malmö.