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Runo Lagomarsino, Air d'exil (we smoke for the dead, we store for the dead, but they are not dead), 2019 Photo: Andrea Rossetti.

Runo Lagomarsino

Wins the Sculpture Prize 2019

12.11 – 22.12 2019


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With precise and poetic displacements, Runo Lagomarsino creates frictions in his works between language, materiality and history writing. Runo Lagomarsino has developed a practice that is both close to and distant from conventional sculpture; his work lies in exploring art’s traditional forms and how they can be expanded. See the exhibition of the recipient of the Sculpture Prize 2019, awarded by the Friends of Moderna Museet.

Runo Lagomarsino, born 1977, describes his practice: “What I am trying to achieve is to construct frictions between language, iconography and the prevailing narratives. In my work, I look for the cracks, the blind alleys, from which I can tell different stories, from which we can learn, and especially where we can read he past and name the future… This requires change, not merely to the contents, but also to the form in which conversation is held; new systems, new ways of telling a story, must be produced.”

Runo Lagomarsino has been featured at the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim (New York), Reina Sofía (Madrid), Malmö Konsthall, the São Paulo Biennale, the Dallas Museum of Art, and LACMA (Los Angeles).

The Sculpture Prize Jury, 2019

The 2019 jury consisted of Lena Josefsson, chairperson of the Friends of Moderna Museet, Ebba Matz, artist, Marti Manen, curator and director of Index Foundation, Nils Forsberg, journalist, and Fredrik Liew, curator at Moderna Museet.

The Jury’s statement

“Runo Lagomarsino is an artist whose works offer a multifaceted picture of what working with sculpture can include. With careful attention to the material, but without ever ignoring its conceptual aspect, Lagomarsino shapes his narrative, acutely aware of the significance of political positionings. He oscillates between temporalities and identities and perceives art as a unit of time and space in a historic context. A sentence written on a baggage carousel, sand poured out in front of a Greek sculpture at a museum, material confronted with a colonial past. In his practice, Lagomarsino incorporates power and geography, mythology and national identity, objects and memories, invisible situations and opportunities for diverse dialogue.”

The Sculpture Prize is one of Sweden’s major artist awards.

The Friends of Moderna Museet Sculpture Prize – the K. A. Lind Honorary Award is one of Sweden’s major artist prizes and has been presented biannually since 1950. The Award was founded by the textile artist Sigrid Lind in memory of her parents. Members of the Friends of Moderna Museet nominate practising artists, and a jury selects one of the nominees, awarding the winner the sum of SEK 300,000, an exhibition at Moderna Museet and a specially-produced publication. Previous Sculpture Prize winners include Elis Eriksson, Lars Englund, Ulf Rollof, Ann-Sofi Sidén and Johanna Gustafsson Fürst.

Curator: Fredrik Liew


Free admission

Award ceremony and opening

Tuesday 12 November 2019, st 18.30

Award ceremony and talk between the winner, Runo Lagomarsino, and the curator Fredrik Liew. The bar is open. The newly-published catalogue about Runo Lagomarsino will be available at a special price during the evening. Welcome!

The exhibition is on floor 4

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Award ceremony: Runo Lagomarsino

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