Painting with man and woman

Cecilia Edefalk, Another Movement, 1990-99 Photo: Prallan Allsten

Conditioned Movement

Works from the Moderna Museet Collection

26.2 2022 – 29.1 2023


Moderna Museet Malmö’s 2022 collection exhibition, entitled Conditioned Movement, examines universal and existential themes such as time, movement and materiality in relation to museum conservation work. The exhibition, a cooperation between the museum’s curator Andreas Nilsson and the artist duo of Gideonsson/Londré, features several rarely shown works dating from the middle of the nineteenth century to today, presenting them in new dialogues.

Conditioned Movement probes the idea of a museum collection that exists in an intermediate state between dormancy and exposure, one in which objects and bodies laden with content are resurrected at periodic intervals. The works in the exhibition animate various stages of human activity and subtle gestures that open many potential paths through transformations that seem to offer a glimpse of the infinite on the horizon. The material and the underlying ideas are just as likely to be rooted in the highly personal as in the broadly universal. In a collection that brings together a variety of artistic expressions and concepts, surrealism meets logic and natural science meets the fantastical.

In addition to serving as co-curators, the artist duo of Gideonsson/Londré has also contributed a new work of art that is based on the role of the conservator. Gideonsson/Londré traces, transforms, and illuminates the often unseen preservation work that goes on behind the scenes at a museum. That work is transformed into a ritual and introduces a temporality in which the dead are brought together with the living. The work has both static and performative components, and it activates the exhibition over time.

Curators: Andreas Nilsson and Gideonsson/Londré

The exhibition is presented in the Left Gallery

Map of Moderna Museet Malmö
Map of Moderna Museet Malmö


Picture in green and black
Wolfgang Tillmans, Freischwimmer 180, 2011 Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022
Photo of sculpture that looks like a lizard
Katja Novitskova, Approximation (Pinocchio lizard), 2014 Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet
Photo of installation with furniture
Mark Manders, Room, Constructed to Provide Persistent Absence, 2001–02 Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet
Painting with two feet as shoes
René Magritte, Le Modéle rouge, 1935 Photo: Maria Winsö/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022

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