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Siri Derkert, Självporträtt, 1915 © Siri Derkert / Bildupphovsrätt 2010

Siri Derkert

28.5 2011 – 4.9 2011


Siri Derkert (1888–1973) is a pioneer of Swedish 20th century art. Her early cubist paintings are attributable to international modernism, while her later work for the Östermalmstorg underground station (1965) in Stockholm marked a radical change in the notion of public embellishment.

For the first time since 1960, Moderna Museet is featuring Siri Derkert’s unique and multifaceted oeuvre in a major retrospective exhibition. Works from her youth, cubist paintings, fashion drawings from the 1910s, profoundly psychological portraits of children and adults, drawings and later experiments with materials such as concrete, iron strips and clay – all presented in a generous show that also highlights the life of Siri Derkert. Her works for public spaces often deal with the peace movement and feminism – issues that are as relevant today as they were for her generation.

Siri Derkert is famous for her energetic, personal and expressionist style. Her early works, especially those from her Paris years, reveal influences from cubism and fauvism. She also did figure paintings in grey tones and pastels, interiors and children’s portraits. Her exhibition Movements in All Directions, which opened on 27 April, 1960, was the first solo exhibition of a woman artist at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

In connection with this exhibition and a current research project at the National Library of Sweden, a series of seminars will be held on Siri Derkert and Carlo Derkert. Please see our website for more information. Organised jointly with the National Library of Sweden.

Curator: Annika Öhrner

The exhibition is produced by Moderna Museet.


Siri Derkert
Kvinna i vit dräkt, 1914
© Siri Derkert/BUS 2011
Siri Derkert
Nature Morte, 1915
© Siri Derkert/BUS 2011

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