Press Room


The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Meet Fia Backström & Andreas Eriksson prior to the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Press meeting in Stockholm on Thursday, 7 April, at 2.00 pm

At the 54th International Art Exhibition, Sweden will feature the Swedish artists Fia Backström and Andreas Eriksson at the Nordic Pavilion. Welcome to a press meeting, and hear the artists in a discussion with the curator, Magnus af Petersens.

Fia Backström and Andreas Eriksson are two of the most interesting and prominent Swedish artists of their generation. Both operate on a conceptual basis, while each engages in different methods and media, resulting in divergent projects. The works of both artists relate to Venice and la Biennale. Fia Backström’s work will be tied to the structure of national representation within la Biennale. Andreas Eriksson’s work relates to the Nordic Pavilion, which plays with the notion of indoors and outdoors, nature and architecture, with its two glass walls and trees growing indoors.

“I am delighted to have this unique opportunity to talk to Fia Backström and Andreas Eriksson. They usually live and work on different continents, and now they are meeting in Venice. Both artists have created new works for the Biennale, and this is our first opportunity to hear about their plans and ideas,” says curator Magnus af Petersens.

At the press meeting, Magnus af Petersens will be talking to Fia Backström and Andreas Eriksson about their oeuvres and la Biennale di Venezia. Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet, and Ann-Sofi Noring, co-director, will also be present. There will be a questions and answers session and opportunities to interview the artists.

Thursday, 7 April, 2.00 pm, in the Lounge, Moderna Museet Restaurant
RSVP for the press meeting by 6 April to:

To book interviews and for more information, please contact:
Kristin Ek, Press Officer
+46 8 519 552 81

The partnership between the three nations sharing the Nordic Pavilion in Venice – Sweden, Finland and Norway – will try a new concept for the next three biennials. The previous requirement that all three countries should be represented by artists will be set aside to enable solo exhibitions. Sweden, which is responsible for the Nordic Pavilion in 2011, will thus be presenting two separate projects.