photo of three people sitting on construction of planks

Adele Essle Zeiss, Statholit, 2018 Photo: ©Adele Essle Zeiss Bildupphovsrätt 2022

Adèle Essle Zeiss

Statolit

18.2 – 3.9 2023

Malmö

Opens in 14 days

“Statolit” is an installation and performance for three dancers that will be performed several times throughout the exhibition period. “Statolit” is shown here as a counterpart to the exhibition “Lars Englund – Under Construction”. A dialogue across generations is established in the museum between different artists with an interest in movement and balance.

Statolit was first performed in 2018 at Galleri Mejan in Stockholm and is included in the collection of Moderna Museet. Adèle Essle Zeiss makes use of simple materials—three long wooden planks placed horizontally in the space, a sack of cement strapped to one end of each. On the other end of each plank sits a dancer whose body is balanced by the counterweight of the sack. Any little movement changes the elevation of the plank, setting it in motion. A dialogue across generations is established in the museum between different artists with an interest in movement and balance.

Adèle Essle Zeiss poses the question “Where do we perceive the border to be between movement and stillness?” She goes on to describe the work: “The dancers are assigned to sit still, but every now and then to perform a controlled, collective movement upward or downward. The planks serve as amplifiers. They enlarge small movements of the dancers’ bodies and transmit them out into the space.”

A documentation will complement the installation when the dancers are not present. Information on performance dates will be added.

Curator: Elisabeth Millqvist

The installation is presented at the Loading Dock

Map of Moderna Museet Malmö
Map of Moderna Museet Malmö

Calendar events

round sculpture made of metal threads
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Curator guided tour of “Lars Englund – Under Construction” and Adèle Essle Zeiss’ “Statolit”

More about this exhibition