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Double Bind Player

Double Bind Player, 2012 Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet


Come to the finale and see art in the borderland between painting and performance, attend performances, take part in discussions and voice your questions! Art, music, talk, discussion, bar and DJs.

Explosion! Painting as Action, Moderna Museet’s major summer exhibition, is soon ending. Thousands of people from all over the world have seen it. The fascination for performance art appears to be growing, along with interest in its history and its position in the hierarchy of art.

This exhibition was produced by Moderna Museet and will tour to Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. We are therefore especially pleased that three Catalan artists will be present at our finale: Ignasi Aballí, Àngels Ribé, and Eulalia Valldosera. Explosion! was the first exhibition in Sweden in which these artists have participated. They will present their own works and discuss different aspects of concept, composition and action, with freelance curator Martí Manen.

John Cage is one of the artists featured in the exhibition. He would have been his 100 on 5 September. The composers and pianists Eva Sidén and Bunita Marcus, New York, will contribute an insightful music programme and a discussion on his music. Eva Sidén, Birgitta Muhr, visual artist, and Jens Hedman, sound artist, will jointly perform their concert installation Double Bind Player at Moderna Museet on 1-9 September. Bunita Marcus collaborated for many years with the musician Morton Feldman. She was also a close friend of John Cage. She has received several awards for her music and has composed pieces for the Kronos Quartet, Aki Takahashi, Xenakis Ensemble, and many others. Between 1985 and 1990, she produced the Salon Concert series, together with the artist Francesco Clemente in New York City.

Artists connected to Fylkingen will create installations and give concerts and performances as part of the week-long celebration of John Cage at Moderna Museet and in the Bucky Dome. Participating artists: Robin McGinley, Kent Tankred, The Great Learning Orchestra and WOL, which consists of the artists Wenche Tankred and Lovisa Johansson.

Curators, events: Catrin Lundqvist and Karin Malmquist. Curator, exhibition: Magnus af Petersens. Assistant curator: Matilda Olof-Ors. Guest producer: Fylkingen/Per Åhlund.


Moderna Museet, 10 am to 6 pm

10 am to 6 pm Robin McGinley 33 1/3. John Cage, 1969. A music installation for 12 record players and some 300 records. In public areas on the ground floor. Admission free.

3.00 pm to 3.45 pm: Eva Sidén performs Playing Double Bind, A public case… version inspired by Cage), for piano, electronics and mechanical instruments, and talks to Bunita Marcus, composer and pianist, about John Cage and his art. Where: In the concert installation Double Bind Player, at the far end of the Moderna Museet’s permanent collection rooms. Please show your museum ticket at the entrance to the concert installation. Language: English

3.45 pm to 4.00 pm: Break

4 pm to 5.30 pm Ignasi Aballí, Àngels Ribé and Eulalia Valldosera show their works and discuss concept, composition and action in relation to traditions in painting/performance with the curators. Where: In the Explosion! exhibition. Please show your museum ticket at the entrance to the Explosion! exhibition. Language: English

5.30 pm to 7.00 pm: Break Bloms Bar in the garden will be open!

In the Bucky Dome and on the Terrace, 7 pm to midnight

Kent Tankred

Reversed “I have nothing to say and I am saying it” /John Cage
A new performance, based on an interview with John Cage from 1972. Kent Tankred processes the interview by fragmenting the text and changing its order. The processing is performed live. Where: The Bucky Dome. Admission free

The Great Learning Orchestra

Imaginary Landscape I-V
These pieces were composed by John Cage in 1939, 1942, 1942, 1951 and 1952.
The Great Learning Orchestra is a network in which musicians from different areas can meet to explore music with a focus on listening.
The GLO was initiated in 1999 by Leif Jordansson and Pelle Halvarsson, and the full Orchestra consists of more than 100 musicians.
Where: The Bucky Dome. Admission free


A performance in the spirit of John Cage:
A musical score for sounding materials and motion is created by a random visuals generator. The composition is performed instantaneously, live and unplugged. The performance-duo WOL consists of the artists Wenche Tankred and Lovisa Johansson. Their work is visual, sounding, and playful.
Where: The Bucky Dome. Admission free

DJs Lise-Lotte Norelius and David Bremer play pieces by Cage and others.
Where: The Terrace.

Sponsored by the Japan Foundation, Institut Ramon Llull, and the Austrian Embassy.

In collaboration with Fylkingen, MDT, Dansens Hus, and EMS.

More about this exhibition