We are living in times when art museums need to reconsider their activities, what they show and what they collect. Today, there is no longer one dominating centre for art in the way that Paris and New York once were; instead, differences between languages and traditions are bridged. The map is being redrawn, and Moderna Museet must keep up with all the artists who are perpetually on the move, between languages and continents, from one centre to the next.
In 2014, therefore, we are inviting international curators and artists for a series of lectures where they will share their perspectives and experiences of working with art on all the continents.
Our lecture series continues throughout 2014 and 2015, and the next speaker will be announced shortly.
Read "The Art in a Larger World" by Daniel Birnbaum & Ann-Sofi Noring
Camilla Carlberg, curator
Looking at history and today: A discussion around Ernest Cole´s photography
STOCKHOLM 31 MARCH 2015 AT 6.30 PM
Ernest Cole, No title, ca 1965
© The Ernest Cole Family Trust
In the Collection
The Moderna Museet collection holds some 70 photographs by the South African photographer Ernest Cole (1940–1990) on view from March in the permanent collection. He had to leave his country in order to publish the book House of Bondage in 1967, where he portrayed experiences of black people negotiating their lives through the racial segregation laws of apartheid. The book was immediately banned in South Africa and forcing Cole to spend the rest of his life in exile. In the beginning of the 1970s he visited Sweden and his work was displayed in exhibitions in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Through his colleagues in the group Tio fotografer (Ten photographers) parts of Ernest Cole’s photographs were later donated to the Hasselblad Foundation and Moderna Museet.
Anna Tellgren, Curator of Photography at Moderna Museet, presents Ernest Cole’s photographs. Rangoato Hlasane and David Andrew, from Wits School of Arts, give from their own practices a background to South African photography in the 1960s. The discussion is led by Anette Göthlund, Professor at Department of Visual Arts Education, Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm.
Rangoato Hlasane is lecturer at Wits School of Arts, a cultural worker, writer, illustrator, DJ and educator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a master degree from the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. He is the co-founder of Keleketla! Library, an independent and interdisciplinary library based in Joubert Park, Johannesburg. He has presented sonic talks at events such as the “10 Cities” public sphere symposium and concert in Kenya, “Year After Zero” conference in Germany and the education symposium of the 9th Bienal do Mercosul in Brazil.
David Andrew is an artist and professor at Wits School of Arts, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa. Professor David Andrew, PhD in 2012 from Wits University is also an artist. His interest in the artist-teacher relationship has resulted in a number of projects aimed at researching, designing and implementing alternative paths for the training of arts educators and artists working in schools. Current research interests include the tracking of histories of arts education in South Africa and southern Africa more broadly; a collaborative project mapping arts education policies and practices across the African continent.
Moderna Museet in collaboration with Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.
STOCKHOLM 27 MARCH 2015 AT 6 PM
In the Auditorium, admission free
Hou Hanru is a prolific writer and curator based in Rome, Paris and San Francisco. He is currently the Artistic Director of MAXXI (National Museum for 21st Century Art and National Museum of Architecture), Rome, Italy.
He received degrees from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in the 1980s and moved from China to France in 1990. After working as an independent curator and critic based in Paris, he became Director of Exhibitions and Public Program and Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies, at San Francisco Art Institute from 2006 to 2012. His main program at SFAI has been summarized in his book "Paradigm Shifts, Walter and McBean Galleries Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute" (2011, SFAI).
Hou Hanru has curated and co-curated around 100 exhibitions for last two decades across the world including: “China/Avant-Garde" (National Museum of Art of China, Beijing, 1989), “Cities On The Move" (1997–2000), The 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (Hong Kong, etc.) (1997), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Gwangju Biennale (2002), Venice Biennale (French Pavilion, 1999, Z.O.U. -- Zone Of Urgency, 2003, Chinese Pavilion, 2007), Nuit Blanche (2004, Paris), the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005), the 2nd Tirana Biennial (2005), The 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), "Global Multitude" (Luxembourg 2007), "Trans(cient)City" (Luxembourg 2007), EV+A 2008 (Limerick), "The 10th Biennale de Lyon" (2009), "By Day, By Night, or some (special) things a museum can do" (Rockbund Art Museum, Rockbund, Shanghai, 2010), "Power of Doubt" (PhotoEspagna 2010, Madrid, Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2011), “Dirty Realism, Liu Xiaodong in Hotan” (organized by Today Art Museum, Beijing, Urumqi, 2012, Beijing, 2013), “Zizhiqu – Autonomous Regions” (Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2013), etc. “If you were to live here…” – The 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, New Zealand, May – August 2013. “Open Museum Open City”, Oct.-Nov. 2014, MAXXI, Rome, Italy.
He is a consultant for numerous cultural institutions (museums, foundations, collections, etc.) internationally including Deutsche Bank Collection, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, Times Museum, Guangzhou, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, Power Station of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, etc. He frequently contributes to various journals on contemporary art and culture and lectures and teaches in numerous international institutions including “Flash Art International”, “Art in America”, “Yishu”, “Art Asia Pacific” and “LEAP” while serving as jury member for art prizes including the recent “Hugo Boss Prize Asia Art” and Venice Biennale of Architecture (2014), etc.
His books include “Hou Hanru”, (Utopia@Asialink, and School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, 2014), “On the Mid-Ground” (English version published in 2002, by Timezone 8, Hong Kong, and Chinese version published in 2013, by Gold Wall Press, Beijing), “Curatorial Challenges” (conversations between Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, in “Art-It magazine” as “curators on the move”, Japan, 2006-2012, Chinese version, Gold Wall Press, Beijing, 2013), etc.
Okwui Enwezor, 2014. Photo: Max Geuter
STOCKHOLM 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT 2 PM
Contemporary Art between the near & the far
In the Auditorium, admission free
Okwui Enwezor is born 1963 in Calabar, Nigeria. Director of Haus der Kunst, Munich and Artistic Director of Visual Arts of 56th Venice Biennale, 2015. He is founder and an editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He lives and works in Munich and New York.
Okwui Enwezor has curated exhibitions in many different countries, at the major biennials and at the most prominent art museums. He was the artistic director of Dokumenta 11 in 2002, where he was the first non-European to be appointed to that position. He is on the jury of some of the most prestigious international art awards and is a member of numerous boards and curator teams. In his work, Okwui Enwezor has consistently promoted globalisation in relation to local roots. His field of interest comprises African, Asian, European, North and South American 20th and 21st century art and contemporary art from the African continent and contemporary artists from the African diaspora. He studies and writes about the diaspora and migration, post-colonial modernism, and architecture and urbanism in post-colonial cities on the African continent.
In his lecture at Moderna Museet Okwui Enwezor will talk about his approach to curating, how A Larger World is constantly present in his work, and how institutions can incorporate more global thinking in their work with exhibitions and collections.
STOCKHOLM 8 MARCH 2014 AT 2 PM
In the Cinema, admission free
Fulya Erdemci is a curator and writer based in Istanbul. Erdemci is the curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial and was the curator of the 2011 Pavilion of Turkey at the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale. She was the Director of SKOR (Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte) Foundation for Art and Public Domain in Amsterdam between June 2008 - September 2012.
Abstract, Fulya Erdemci
Biography, Fulya Erdemci