Filmstill from "Black and Blue"

Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection

30.9 2023 – 8.9 2024

Stockholm

The collection

In “Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection”, the work of American artist and filmmaker Rashid Johnson is in conversation, confrontation, and sometimes collusion with the collection of Moderna Museet. Each room in the exhibition (and the garden) stages an encounter based on the personal, political, and art historical relationships that Johnson holds in his practice.

Buy ticket

Adult: 150 SEK
Senior/student: 120 SEK
Annual Pass: 375 SEK

Free admission for those 18 and under and Klubb Moderna

Free admission on Fridays at 18–20

Guided tours

Join us for a guided tour of “Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection”.

The tour lasts for about 45 minutes. Admission ticket to the museum is required.

Dates & time in the Calendar

Exhibition Guide

Listen to Rashid Johnson’s playlist with songs to accompany you through the garden and the seven rooms of the exhibition.

Seven Rooms and a Garden: Audio guide 

Read about some of the artworks from the Moderna Museet collection featured in the exhibition.

Seven Rooms and a Garden: Texts

Watch a conversation between Rashid Johnson and curator Hendrik Folkerts.

Seven Rooms and a Garden: Video

Thinking-in-Action

Read a conversation between Rashid Johnson and cultural critic Kevin Quashie.

”Thinking-in-Action: A Conversation between Rashid Johnson and Kevin Quashie” (pdf)

For Rashid Johnson, abstraction is a source of life. In his “Bruise” and “God” paintings, the abstract mark is an expression of a spiritual or psychological journey. His monumental installation “Home” (2023) finds form for Black intellectual and cultural histories, in sheabutter sculptures, books, and the growth of plant life. His film “Black and Blue” (2021) is an abstract self-portrait through daily, intimate acts that together describe a life.

In all the works and interventions in “Seven Rooms and a Garden”, Johnson explores the gesture of abstraction as an art historical lineage, a political necessity, or a personal appeal.

We invite you to meet Rashid Johnson — through Soufiane Ababri, Etel Adnan, Karel Appel, Louis Armstrong, Kevin Beasley, Lee Bontecou, Snežana Vučetić Bohm, Louise Bourgeois, Tony Cokes, Lena Cronqvist, Jean Dubuffet, Cecilia Edefalk, Esra Ersen, Elliott Erwitt, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Jean Fautrier, Samuel Fosso, Sam Francis, Ellen Gallagher, Herbert Gentry, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Marcia Hafif, David Hammons, Every Ocean Hughes, Toshimitsu Imaï, Asger Jorn, Tadeusz Kantor, On Kawara, Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt, Klara Lidén, Lee Lozano, Henri Matisse, Ernest Mancoba, Santiago Mostyn, Barnett Newman, Maia Cruz Palileo, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Melissa Shook, Cauleen Smith, Sun-Ra, Salman Toor, Cy Twombly, Ruben Valentim, Stanley Whitney and Andy Warhol.

See more from the conversation at the Exhibition Guide.

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson
Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson
Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson

Images

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson
Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson
Bruise Painting “Dexterity” hung on a white wall
Rashid Johnson, Bruise Painting “Dexterity”, 2023 Photo: Mattias Lindbäck/Moderna Museet © Rashid Johnson
Installation view over the exhibition room "Witness"
Installation view, "Witness" Photo: Mattias Lindbäck/Moderna Museet To the left: Janus Fleuri, Louise Bourgeois, 1968
© The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY/Bildupphovsrätt 2023. To the right: Bruise Painting "Song for Charles", Rashid Johnson, 2023 © Rashid Johnson

Calendar events

An adult is helping a child with it's craft
  • Drop-in,
  • Drop-in

The Sports Break: Abstraction, Colour and Music

An adult is helping a child with it's craft
  • Drop-in

The Sports Break: Abstraction, Colour and Music

An adult is helping a child with it's craft
  • Drop-in

The Sports Break: Abstraction, Colour and Music

An adult is helping a child with it's craft
  • Drop-in

The Sports Break: Abstraction, Colour and Music

An adult is helping a child with it's craft
  • Drop-in

The Sports Break: Abstraction, Colour and Music

An adult is helping a child with it's craft
  • Drop-in

The Sports Break: Abstraction, Colour and Music

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In English

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Kids in the Workshop
  • Family Sunday
  • In Swedish

Tour & workshop 7–18 years

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In English

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In English

Seven Rooms and a Garden

Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
  • Guided tour
  • In Swedish

Seven Rooms and a Garden

More about this exhibition