Michala Paludan, The Mighty Indignation, 2014 © Michala Paludan

The Moderna Exhibition 2014

Society Acts

20.9 2014 – 25.1 2015


Twice before, in 2006 and 2010, Moderna Museet’s inventory of Swedish contemporary art, the Moderna Exhibition, has been shown at the Museum in Stockholm.

In autumn 2014, the third edition of the Moderna Exhibition will be presented at Moderna Museet Malmö. Unlike the two previous exhibitions, the selection has been widened geographically beyond Sweden, to include artists from a large part of the Baltic region.  The exhibition features 38 contemporary artists and artist groups from, or based in, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. A few historical elements will also be included. The widened geographical scope coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Baltic Exhibition in Malmö in 1914.

The title refers both to “acts” as in actions and to the verb to act. Several of the featured artists and works discuss or engage in performative practices where the distance between viewing and interacting is essential, and where issues of private and collective identities, political expressions and personal reflections are materialised. Language and migration, the boundary between private and public, and between fact and fiction, are other subjects that occur frequently in the exhibition.

A rich programme of performances, lectures and film screenings is planned in conjunction with the exhibition. All the featured artists will also be presented in an extensive catalogue.

Participating artists

AaBbPp, Patrik Aarnivaara, Emanuel Almborg, Cezary Bodzianowski, Maja Borg, Eglė Budvytytė & Bart Groenendaal, Zenta Dzividzinska, Ugnius Gelguda & Neringa Černiauskaitė, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Joachim Hamou, Maj Hasager, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Laura Kaminskaitė, Tadeusz Kantor, Essi Kausalainen, Agnieszka Kurant, Anna Lundh, Henning Lundkvist, Maija Luutonen, Björn Lövin, J.O. Mallander, Jonas Mekas, Miks Mitrēvics & Kristīne Kursiša, Kristina Norman, Michala Paludan, Lea Porsager, Emily Roysdon, Imri Sandström, Algirdas Šeškus, Janek Simon, Ola Ståhl & Terje Östling, Mika Taanila, Anna-Stina Treumund & Marju Mutsu, Ola Vasiljeva, Visible Solutions LLC, Tris Vonna-Michell, Mette Winckelmann.

Curator: Andreas Nilsson
Co-curator: Maija Rudovska
Assistant curator: Julia Björnberg

The Moderna Exhibition 2006

The Moderna Exhibition 2010

Free admission to the museum during the opening weekend, 20-21 September!

On Saturday at 3 pm, the curators Andreas Nilsson, Maija Rudovska and Julia Björnberg will hold a talk. On Sunday at 3 pm, the artists EvaMarie Lindahl and Lisa Nyberg invite you to A revelation that must be heard. This is a discussion between political activists, organisations and the audience, about the issues and facts that desperately need to be brought to the fore in society. Does art have the power to bring about change?

During the opening night, 19 September, Visible Solution LLC will perform Hoisting the Banner.


Zenta Dzividzinska
Ur serien Rigas Pantomima, Ca 1964–1967
© Zenta Dzividzinska
Łukasz Jastrubczak
Movement #4 (Fotodokumentation av skulpturlämnad i en öken), 2012
© Courtesy Dawid Radziszewski Gallery
Björn Lövin
Den kringgärdande fadern, 1988
© Björn Lövin. Foto: Moderna Museet/Albin Dahlström
Ugnius Gelguda, Neringa Černiauskaitė
Stillbild ur Last Time We Walked on a Frozen River, 2013
© Ugnius Gelguda/BUS 2014, Neringa Černiauskaitė

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