Lena Svedberg (1946–1972) is best known for her contributions to the Swedish underground magazine Puss 1968–74, but her short oeuvre comprised infinitely more than that. For the 1969 Biennial in Paris she created the work Mr Aldman – Superhero of the Universe.
Lena Svedberg. Photo: Anders Petersen
The story about Aldman is a remarkable analysis of the world in the form of a comic book about the Middle East as a local arena for global interests – political as well as economic and religious. Noam Chomsky and an oil pipeline leads the antihero of the work to a market place where representatives of the USA, USSR, Israel, the Palestine, Egypt, France, South Africa, Ethiopia and others are conspiring. Then, as now, a sordid battle for power and money is raging all over the world.
Mr Aldman – Superhero of the Universe consists of 57 drawings and collages, making it Lena Svedberg’s biggest and most complex work. Although it has been in the Moderna Museet collection since 1970, the work is still unknown to the general public; it has not been shown for nearly 40 years due to its deteriorated condition. After restoration the work is now ready to be rediscovered and in connection to the exhibition it is also published as a comic book by Galago/Moderna Museet. Together the book and exhibition is a close study of the fascinating work which enriches the whole ouvre of the artist.
Curator: Fredrik Liew
Moment - Lena Svedberg
FRIDAY 16 MAY 2014 AT 18-20
At 6.30 pm, Fredrik Liew presents the exhibition and introduces Olav Westphalen who performs his work Desert Dreams (2007). The introductory talk and performance will take place outside the exhibition. Limited seating.
Admission free. Please use the main entrance.
Moderna Bar will be open until 11 pm, for the book release for Lena Svedberg - Herr Aldman Superhero av världsalltet (Lena Svedberg – Mr Aldman, Superhero of the Universe), published jointly by Moderna Museet and Galago. The bar opens at 5 pm. The release party starts at around 8 pm. The party is hosted by Galago.