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CURRENT PRESS MATERIAL
Anders Sunna – Illegal Spirits of Sápmi
Malmö, 28.10 2023 – 14.1 2024For the first time since its acclaimed premier showing at the 2022 Venice Biennale, “Illegal Spirits of Sápmi” will now be on view at Moderna Museet Malmö. In this monumental work of art, artist Anders Sunna captures his family’s fifty-year conflict with the Swedish state.
The piece measures approximately twenty meters in length, and the story is chronicled in five chapters that span from the 1970s to the present, with one large painting per decade. The paintings are inserted into a wooden construction (built by the artist’s brothers) that also holds an archive of the many lawsuits the family has been involved in. Visitors are invited to browse among the binders, which include thousands of documents.
Sami life and Sami culture have been struck hard by colonization and racist abuse. The spreading of racial biological theories in the first decades of the 20th century, not only spurred the oppression of Sami culture, but also helped to legitimize the claiming of land and natural resources. In the art of Sunna, this chapter in Swedish history forms the background of more recent conflicts, with roots in the 1971 Reindeer Husbandry Act and how it came to be interpreted.Conflicts that have brutally marked the artist’s entire childhood.
To put it very short, the Sunna family considered it unreasonable that they were forced to care for landowners’ reindeer without commensurate compensation, in exchange only for the right to graze the landowner’s property. And so, the they loudly protested. After many protracted conflicts, Sami villages came to be pitted against one another, herding rights was revoked, the family experienced severe harassment, and their reindeer were forcibly relocated.
“I remember how worried my mom was when my dad and his brothers were in the reindeer forest. She went around the house getting increasingly stressed the more time passed and they still hadn’t come home, worrying whether they would at all come home or be found shot. During the worst period, it was really that bad” (From the artist’s remarks on the painting Area Infected).
“Illegal Spirits of Sápmi” was exhibited for the first time during the Venice Biennale of 2022. The Nordic Pavilion had then been transformed into the Sami Pavilion, with Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara, and Anders Sunna as participating artists. The project, which was undertaken at the behest of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway, highlighted in an innovative and powerful way the indigenous Sami culture and the land area of Sápmi, spanning across parts of the Nordic nation-states of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and also including a fraction of Russia.
In 2022, “Illegal Spirits of Sápmi” was acquired to Moderna Museet’s permanent collection. In conjunction with the exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö, there will be program of lectures and conversations with invited guests.
Curator: Joa Ljungberg
Seven Rooms and a Garden
Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection
Stockholm, 30.9 2023 – 8.9 2024In the exhibition “Seven Rooms and a Garden” the work of American artist and filmmaker Rashid Johnson is in conversation, confrontation and at times collusion with the collection of Moderna Museet. Each room in the exhibition – and a garden – stages an encounter based on the personal, political and art historical relationships that unfold in his practice.
Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago, USA) is recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation. In his paintings, sculptures, films, performances and photographs, he draws from his own biography, as well as numerous art and cultural histories, to compose searing meditations on being.
“Seven Rooms” and a Garden is the third chapter of the museum’s new collection display where artworks from Moderna Museet’s collection are presented in three lager shifting thematic exhibitions. Together the exhibitions plumb the depths of a variety of narratives from art history, replacing the earlier chronological format. Over time, the audience will thus encounter more works from Moderna Museet’s collection, which has one of Europe’s foremost collections of modern and contemporary art.
Installation views will be available from September 28, 2023.
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Malmö, 23.9 2023 – 3.3 2024Moderna Museet Malmö opens “Moki Cherry – A Journey Eternal” on Saturday, September 23, in connection with Malmö Gallery Weekend. The exhibition is the largest presentation to date of the artist’s works.
Moki Cherry – A Journey Eternal
23.9 2023 – 3.3 2024
Curators: Elisabeth Millqvist and Andreas Nilsson
The exhibition will be on display in the galleries on Floor 2
Moki Cherry’s colorful art unites painting, sculpture, textiles, and scenography. Everyday life and art are linked together; a musical instrument case forms the base for a painting, bags for packing are reworked into textile collages, and a philosophy with nature at the center is formulated in drawings. Moki Cherry herself commented on this transgressive approach with the description “the stage is a home, and the home is a stage.”
Her art could be included as an element of concerts in Paris, Copenhagen, or the Scanian countryside. By presenting her art outside of art galleries and theater stages, in places such as her own home, Moki Cherry dissolved hierarchies between public and private and between creator and viewer. Children, her own and others’, were both observers and collaborators.
– Moki Cherry’s multifaceted art continues to fascinate and to be relevant. Her brilliantly-colored idiom, engagement in her surroundings, how she encouraged participation and sought ways to be a parent and an artist at the same time. She shifted from the motto to ‘make a more beautiful world’ as a teenager to ‘life is my artwork’,” describe the exhibition’s curators Elisabeth Millqvist and Andreas Nilsson.
Moki Cherry was a practicing Buddhist for the better part of the 1970s, and Buddhist philosophy had a life-long impact on her. Her work was influenced by art and cultural histories as well as spiritual movements from both Western and Eastern traditions. Her extensive travels and international collaborations also inspired her work. The result is a multi-layered idiom inhabited by human and non-human creatures. Later works exhibit traces of Cubism and more abstract forms.
Monika Marianne Karlsson (1943-2009), better known by the name Moki Cherry, was born in Koler in Norrbotten. She grew up in Skåne and moved to Stockholm in 1962 to study fashion. In 1970, she moved with her family to Tågarp in northern Skåne and transformed a former school into the family’s home, which also served as a gathering place centered around music, theater, children’s activities, and art. With her husband, jazz musician Don Cherry, she established Organic Music Society (1966-1977). She enthusiastically describes their shared vision as the biggest thing to happen to the art scene since the Russian Ballet (1909-1929), a comparison that underscores their goal of integrated, interdisciplinary art (Gesamtkunstwerk) and a fusion of artistic genres. From the late 1970s, she split her time between Tågarp and New York.
Moki Cherry has a long history with Moderna Museet. In 1971, she and Don Cherry participated in the exhibition “Utopias and Visions 1871-1981”, where they were given the opportunity to create a total installation–a dynamic, living environment where music, art, and everyday life went on simultaneously. Moderna Museet Malmö’s exhibition title, “A Journey Eternal”, is taken from the publication that was produced in 1971. These are the last words in a meandering text by Moki Cherry in which she puts words to her holistic worldview.
Moderna Museet in Stockholm presented an exhibition with Moki Cherry in 2016. Since then, interest in her art has only increased, with several presentations in the USA; in 2021, a comprehensive publication by Blank Forms, New York features both Moki and Don Cherry with a particular focus on the boundary-crossing work that occurred under the name Organic Music. The exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö also coincides with the 50-year anniversary of Don Cherry’s album Organic Music Society, for which Moki Cherry designed the album cover.
“A Journey Eternal” is the most comprehensive presentation of Moki Cherry’s work to date and gives a broad picture of her oeuvre–from clothing, a hybrid of painting and textile applications, and her vision of interdisciplinary artwork and depictions of home and surroundings to activities intended for children. As an observation of the last element, this exhibition also includes a creative workshop.
Moki Cherry is also the subject of a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and is a part of a group exhibition at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Previous exhibitions include Malmö Konstmuseum (2018), and Marabouparken, Stockholm (2016); Landskrona Konsthall (2008), and solo exhibitions at Galleri Ping Pong, Malmö (1997) and Kristianstads Länsmuseum (1986). Internationally, her work has been shown at such institutions as Argos in Brussels (2022), Saint Peter’s Church in New York (1992), LAX 814 in Los Angeles (1979), and Centre Beaubourg Pompidou in Paris (1974).
Press viewing: Thursday, September 21 at 10.00 at Moderna Museet Malmö with curators Elisabeth Millqvist and Andreas Nilsson.
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VERNISSAGE WITH CONCERTS AND DJ:S DURING MALMÖ GALLERY WEEKEND
Friday, September 22
18.00 – 23.00
During the vernissage, five musicians, several of them with close connections to Moki Cherry, will join together in performance at the museum’s loading dock.
On stage: Christer Bothén (donso n’goni and bass clarinet), Mats Gustafsson (saxophone), Goran Kajfes (trumpet), Naima Karlsson (piano), and Ana Ruíz (piano). During the evening, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee will award its major music fellowship.
In the museum’s café, having once upon a time helped celebrate the museum’s opening, former record label friends Emil Broomé and DJ Tias are reunited behind the turntables with an eclectic set.
18.00 – 23.00
DJs: Emil Broomé & DJ Tias
Pink Sails (Rosa segel)
Swedish Modernism in the Moderna Museet collection
Stockholm, 17.6 2023 – 1.1 2025The exhibition Pink Sails highlights some of the imagery and styles that existed side by side in an era of major social change. Sweden was rapidly transforming from an agrarian society to an industrial nation – social reform and optimism about the future mixed with military armament and fears of an imminent world war. Pink Sails features selected works from the four first decades of the 20th century and the multifaceted field of art that is now known as Swedish modernism.
“Pink Sails – Swedish Modernism in the Moderna Museet Collection” is the second instalment in the Museum’s new themed presentations of its collection. The curator Matilda Olof-Ors borrowed the title from Ragnar Sandberg’s twilight scene Pink Sails from 1934.In the exhibition, visitors will meet some 100 works by Anna Casparsson, Siri Derkert, Sven X-et Erixson, Isaac Grünewald, Sigrid Hjertén, Bror Hjorth, Hilding Linnqvist, Vera Nilsson, Ragnar Sandberg, Otte Sköld and many other artists.
The Great Cosmic Mother
Stockholm, 13.5 2023 – 15.10 2023Monica Sjöö (1938–2005) was a Swedish-British artist, activist, writer and eco-feminist. Art, politics and spirituality are inseparable in her oeuvre, and Sjöö became a key figure in the British women’s liberation movement. With a deep commitment to women’s rights and environmentalism, she fought uncompromisingly for freedom from any form of oppression. This retrospective exhibition introduces visitors to works that were all created to promote social change, causing controversy and cries for censorship at the time. Their subject matter and messages are just as relevant today.
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Curators: Jo Widoff, Moderna Museet and Amy Budd, Modern Art Oxford
“Monica Sjöö – The Great Cosmic Mother” is organized in partnership with Modern Art Oxford, where it will be on view 18 November 2023–25 February 2024.
Lotte Laserstein — A Divided Life
Malmö, 6.5 2023 – 1.10 2023The ground-breaking German-Swedish artist Lotte Laserstein (1898–1993) is one of the art world’s most exciting recent rediscoveries. “A Divided Life”, which is on view in the museum’s great Turbine Hall, is the largest exhibition of Laserstein’s work to date in the Nordic Region.
Exhibitions in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Kiel have attracted broad audiences eager to explore this long-forgotten artist and have established a place for her in the history of twentieth-century art. However, these shows focused primarily on Laserstein’s work from the 1920s to the beginning of the 1930s—the period before she was forced to leave Germany and emigrated to Sweden. “A Divided Life” focuses as much on the multifaceted works she created in exile in Sweden as it does on those she made before leaving Germany.
Lotte Laserstein’s career as an artist began in Berlin in the 1920s. After graduating from the Academy of Arts there in 1927—as one of the first women to earn a degree—she quickly succeeded in making a name for herself in the city’s art scene. Laserstein captured the spirit of an era in scenes from her studio and portraits of cosmopolitan, emancipated women. At first glance, her work appears to share some of the characteristics of the movement known as the New Objectivity. But Laserstein did not exaggerate or caricature—instead, her work reveals an intimate realism that weaves together painting tradition with contemporary themes. The paintings she executed in Berlin, in which she depicts her life as an artist and shows us the many sides of the Weimar Republic’s modern “new woman,” are surprisingly current even today, particularly in light of the ongoing discussions around gender identity and queerness.
The success predicted for Lotte Laserstein and ascribed to her by German art critics in the 1920s ended abruptly in 1933 when the Nazis seized power. As a Jew, Laserstein was increasingly excluded from the public art world. Thanks to an invitation to show her work at the Galerie Moderne in Stockholm in 1937, she was able to get out of Germany with some of her most important works and come to Sweden, where she would spend the greater part of her working life. In Sweden, Laserstein was able to build a new life for herself as a portrait and landscape painter.
“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.
“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.”
Although Laserstein was able to complete a great many important portraits on commission—for clients that included well-known aristocrats, politicians, business leaders, and cultural figures—and although she was still able to make a living as an artist, her recognition in the Swedish art scene remained limited. It is likely that her unwavering commitment to realism during post-war decades dominated by abstraction played a role in preventing her from receiving a larger breakthrough in Sweden.
Lotte Laserstein described her life and her career with the words “My rescue to Sweden broke my life in two.” This division has shaped the structure of the exhibition. The first part is devoted to the artist’s time in Berlin, with key works that illuminate her artistic beginnings and early successes in the Weimar Republic. The second part features Laserstein’s years in Sweden.
“Lotte Laserstein: A Divided Life” will be on view at Moderna Museet Malmö from May 6 through October 1, 2023. The exhibition will then move on to Moderna Museet in Stockholm from November 11 through April 14, 2024.
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.
Support for this exhibition is provided by Mannheimer Swartling, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the Jacob Wallenberg Foundation. We thank also the Lotte Laserstein Exhibition Circle.
For more information, please contact: Alexandra Giertz, Communication Manager
Press preview at both Moderna Museet Malmö and Malmö Konstmuseum on Thursday, 4 May
On 4 May, Moderna Museet and Malmö Konstmuseum are inviting members of the press to a preview for the two upcoming exhibitions. The press event begins at Moderna Museet with a preview of the exhibition “Lotte Laserstein: A Divided Life” and continues later at Malmö Konstmuseum with a preview of the exhibition “Tal R & Mamma Andersson – Around Hill”. Transportation between the museums will be offered to journalists who wish to attend both presentations.
At 10.00 – Press preview at Moderna Museet Malmö for the exhibition “Lotte Laserstein – A Divided Life” attended by curators Dr. Iris Müller-Westermann and Dr. Anna Carola Krausse and by Museum Director Elisabeth Millqvist.
At 11.30 – Transport to Malmö Art Museum.
At 12.00 – Press preview at Malmö Konstmuseum for the exhibition in the presence of the artists Karin Mamma Andersson, Tal R. Museum Director Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg, and curator Marcus Pompeius will be in attendance.
Applications for admission to the press preview must be submitted no later than 2 May to Alexandra Giertz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Disa Torbjörnsdottir (Malmö Art Museum) at email@example.com.
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The 1980s in the Moderna Museet Collection
Stockholm, 28.2 2023 – 14.1 2024In the contradictory 1980s, several remarkable women artists emerged in Sweden and the Nordic region. “Sleepless Nights” revolves around them. The name of this exhibition was inspired by Teresa Wennberg’s large video installation “Nuit Blanche” (1983), incorporating 25 TV screens, a work that epitomises how artists were exploring new media and materials.
The art market was red-hot, the alternative art scene rebelled, the fear of HIV and AIDS was rampant, and the Cold War was coming to an end. This pivotal point between the politicised 1970s and the artistically terser 1990s left its mark on the Moderna Museet collection.
Exhibition programme 2023, Stockholm and Malmö
Stockholm Malmö, 1.1 2023 – 31.12 2023Welcome to Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö. Access the exhibition programme including one press image for each exhibition. In due time, every exhibition gets its own press release and selection of press images.
A new exhibition programme appearing in the collection galleries
Moderna Museet presents even more of its collection
Stockholm, 1.1 2023In 2023, we will open three new exhibitions with works from the Moderna Museet collection, one of Europe’s finest selections of modern and contemporary art. This vast treasure is presented in thematical exhibitions that explore different narratives in art history, instead of sticking to the chronological format.
Together, these presentations highlight art from the 20th century to today, reflecting the whole range of the collection. Classics, favourites and new acquisitions are the first thing visitors will see in the galleries, and in the Study Gallery downstairs everyone can choose what to see and request works from the collection.
Elisabeth Millqvist the new head of Moderna Museet Malmö
Malmö, 25.3 2022Elisabeth Millqvist has been working since 2011 as Co-director and Artistic Director for Wanås Konst. She will assume her position as Director for Moderna Museet Malmö on August 1, 2022.
At Wanås Konst, Millqvist has worked with site-specific international contemporary art. Under Millqvist’s leadership, new works of art have been added to the sculpture park by artists such as Igshaan Adams, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, William Forsythe, Yoko Ono, and Rana Begum. The artistic program has also been expanded to include dance and performance. In addition to her extensive experience in the art world, Millqvist has a strong academic background in art history and leadership. She has been sharing the role as Museum Director at Wanås Konst with Mattias Givell.
Gitte Ørskou is the Director of Moderna Museet
2.9 2019On June 13, Gitte Ørskou was appointed Director of Moderna Museet. She took up her position on September 2, 2019. Between 2009 and August 31 2019, Gitte Ørskou was the director of Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark. Before that, Ms Ørskou was curator and later head curator of ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. In addition to these roles, Gitte Ørskou has held several positions of trust, including chair of the Danish Arts Foundation.
Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet
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The Nordic Countries Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
Work in Progress: Joint Nordic Gesamtkunstwerk Inspired by Cantonese OperaA joint Nordic Gesamtkunstwerk is taking shape for the Nordic Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2024. The Swedish artist Lap-See Lam has been invited to create the idea and framework for the artwork. The artist Kholod Hawash from Finland and the composer Tze Yeung Ho from Norway join Lam in creating an experimental musical installation and performance inspired by an art form with a two-thousand-year history, Cantonese opera.
The Gesamtkunstwerk is an initiative by Moderna Museet in Sweden, in collaboration with OCA in Norway and Kiasma in Finland. The Nordic Countries Pavilion has been a joint project ever since the building, designed by the Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, was completed in 1962. The countries take turns hosting and 2024 is Sweden’s year to be responsible for the pavilion, under the leadership of Moderna Museet. Each project is decided on jointly in a Nordic committee.
Moderna Museet StockholmThe Moderna Museet in Stockholm is located on the city island of Skeppsholmen in a building designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, and was inaugurated in 1998.
Moderna Museet MalmöThe Moderna Museet in Malmö opened the 26 of December 2009 found in an old former electricity station. It war originally designed by John Smedberg in 1901, but has been transformed into a modern exhibition space by the Tham & Videgård Hansson Architects firm.
Published 22 October 2015 · Updated 11 January 2023