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Walid Raad, Sweet Talk Commissions (Solidere: 1994–1997), 2018. Film still. Courtesy the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut / Hamburg © Walid Raad

Walid Raad

Let’s be honest, the weather helped

15.2 – 10.5 2020

Stockholm

Opens in 19 days

This Walid Raad retrospective features documents and scenarios that he either wishes existed or fears are already in existence. We also meet the artist himself in a comprehensive performance work.

Walid Raad began his artist career in the late 1980s and has worked primarily on three major projects: The Atlas Group, Sweet Talk: Commissions, and Scratching on things I could disavow. These projects are closely linked to his experiences of growing up in Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon, moving to New York, and having an emerging career in a globally expansive art world.

Raad engages how violence affects bodies, minds, culture and tradition. In his photographs, videotapes, sculptures, texts and mixed media installations, Raad proceeds from historical events to imagine seemingly ludicrous, bizarre, and wondrous situations and documents.

The exhibition is retrospective, but not chronological. Works from Raad’s major projects are presented side by side in an unprecedented way, opening up for new approaches to his oeuvre and the themes he explores.

Walid Raad is one of the most celebrated contemporary artists. His works have been shown at documenta and the Venice Biennale, and he has had major solo exhibitions at museums all over the world. Raad’s innovative artistic practice has been widely recognised and awarded, not least for his highly unique performances, or “Walkthroughs”, as he calls them. Walid Raad was born in 1967 in Lebanon. He currently lives in Medusa, in upstate New York.

Walid Raad, Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres (Still from Presentation), 2018 ONASSIS, Athens 2018. Photo: Elina Giounanli
Walid Raad, Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres, 2018 © Elina Giounanli / Walid Raad

Performance with the artist

Meet the artist Walid Raad in a unique performance. The work interweaves historical, political, economic, cultural and philosophical threads into a narrative that is dizzying, imaginative, and illuminating. We recommend you to experience Walid Raad’s art at one of his walkthroughs. The performance is held on 23 occasions.

”Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres” is a 75-minute performance, which Raad refers to as a “walkthrough”. It accompanies the exhibition, and comprises lecture-style presentations, video screenings, and walks in the exhibition spaces. Thematically, Walid Raad concentrates on the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. His inquiry leads him to engage World War I, arts education, insurance, sweat, and the history of tall buildings.

Walid Raad will, in addition to the performance, hold five guided tours of the exhibition. The curator of the exhibition, Fredrik Liew, also gives special guided tours regularly. All guided tours and performances are listed in the calendar.

Read more about the performances and get your ticket here: Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres

Curator: Fredrik Liew

Admissions

Admission: 150 kr
Reduced admission: 120 kr (for seniors and students)

Free admission for those 18 and under and Friends of Moderna Museet.

Guided tour with Walid Raad (in English): 150 SEK, admission to the exhibition included the same day.
Performance with Walid Raad (in English): 180 SEK, admission to the exhibition included the same day.

”Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres”

Meet the artist Walid Raad in a unique performance. The work interweaves historical, political, economic, cultural and philosophical threads into a narrative that is dizzying, imaginative, and illuminating. ”Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres” is a 75-minute performance, held on 23 occasions. It is a part of the exhibition.

Read more: Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres

Holiday event from 4 and up

25 February–1 March 2020

All children from 4 and upwards are welcome to the Workshop for activities during the school break. We start with a guided family tour of the exhibition ”Walid Raad: Let’s be Honest, the Weather Helped”. Afterwards, we create in the workshop. From 4 and up, in the company of an adult. Tickets available at the information desk same day. No pre-booking. Welcome!

Dates and times can be found in the calendar: Holiday event: Walid Raad

School visit

Welcome to visit the exhibition with you school class! To avoid double bookings for guided tours, please contact our booking office in good time and notify us of the date of your visit. E-mail: booking office

Free admission for:

  • School classes with pupils under the age 18 (with a teacher)
  • Accompanying teachers and assistants
  • SFI-classes

Book a guided tour or workshop

Combine your museum visit with a guided tour or an inspiring workshop session. We have different workshops for pupils 13 years and older, and 4–12 years old.

Book a guided tour and/or workshop

Read more about school visits: School

The exhibition is on the 4th floor

Images

Walid Raad, Appendix 137_106, 2018 Courtesy the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut © Walid Raad
Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, Let's be honest, the weather helped_12 Belgium, 1998, 2006 Courtesy the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut © Walid Raad

Calendar events

  • Performance
  • Recommended

Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres

In English

  • Guided tour
  • Recommended

Walid Raad with curator Fredrik Liew

In Swedish

  • Performance
  • Recommended

Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres

In English

  • Performance
  • Recommended

Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres

In English

  • Guided tour

With Walid Raad

In English

  • Guided tour

Walid Raad: Let’s be Honest, the Weather Helped

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

Walid Raad with curator Fredrik Liew

In Swedish

  • Guided tour

Walid Raad: Let’s be Honest, the Weather Helped

In English

  • Guided tour

Walid Raad with curator Fredrik Liew

In Swedish

  • Family Sunday

Tour and workshop, 2–6 years

In Swedish

More about this exhibition