two women in front of painting

Lotte Laserstein, The curators Iris Müller-Westermann and Anna-Carola Krausse, 2023 Photo: Helene Toresdotter/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2023

Curator guided tour in “Lotte Laserstein – A Divided Life”

24.8 2023


Welcome to participate when one of the two curators of the exhibition, Iris Müller-Westermann, gives a guided tour of “A divided Life”, the exhibition with the pioneering German-Swedish artist Lotte Laserstein.

“A divided life”, which is presented in the museum’s Turbine Hall, is the largest exhibition of Laserstein’s art in the Nordics to date.

– For five decades, Laserstein produced an extremely comprehensive, thematic, and stylistically multifaceted collection of works that has only partially come to light in earlier shows, say the exhibition’s curators, Iris Müller-Westermann and Anna-Carola Krausse, and continue:
– In our exhibition, we ascribe to this period of Laserstein’s life and work the same status as the time she lived in Berlin. Through her representational commissioned portraits, expressive self-portraits, moving depictions of other emigrants, and landscapes and urban scenes, it is possible to discern what living in exile was like. Laserstein’s Swedish work raises questions about what it means to lose one’s own cultural and social milieu and be forced to establish roots in a new society. Against the backdrop of today’s global migration patterns, the works Laserstein created while in exile in Sweden provide an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue around these issues.

Curators: Iris Müller-Westermann, formerly Museum Director of Moderna Museet Malmö and now Senior Curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Anna-Carola Krausse, an art historian and Laserstein expert based in Berlin.