Clarification concerning Moderna Museet vis-à-vis World Art Day
18 April, 2012
The theme of World Art Day, organised by the Swedish Artists’ National Organisation (KRO), was the fight against censorship and for freedom of expression, and artists from Sweden and abroad contributed with important aspects. Modena Museet sympathises entirely with this cause. Moderna Museet accepted the invitation to take part in the World Art Day, since the Museum is a forum where freedom of speech, censorship and the freedom of art should be discussed.
Moderna Museet understands and respects that people find the pictures and video clips from World Art Day upsetting, especially when they are shown out of context. The intention of KRO and Makode Linde was to draw attention to and discuss today’s racism, not to reinforce it. Moderna Museet is naturally against any form of racism.
Moderna Museet wants to continue to be the most obvious place for debates where art and artists focus on critical issues in contemporary society.
On Sunday, 15 April, World Art Day was organised by the International Association of Art (IAA), and the Swedish Artists’ National Organisation (KRO). Moderna Museet's contribution was to provide a venue for a seminar and for KRO’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. KRO had invited a number of Swedish artists to bake cakes for the anniversary party. As part of the World Art Day activities, a panel discussion was also organised on the topic of “The fight against censorship, and the freedom of art".