Four outstanding destinations to visit in Scandinavia
Superkilen Nørrebro, Copenhagen
Quite possibly, the best place in the world to meet up with somebody right now is Copenhagen, where one of the world's most ambitious urban park projects – Superkilen – has been implemented in the neighborhood of Nørrebro. The artists' group Superflex, in cooperation with the architecture firms BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and TOPOTEKI, put together a project (begun in 2005) with the objective of creating an urban area with such a powerful identity that it would surely spur global repercussions. During the period of the project's implementation, its creators took into account the contingencies of today's era of globalization, so, to ensure the realization of their grandiose intentions, they commissioned a cultural-historic study. As a result, instead of the usual park rubbish bins, benches and shrubbery, the creators used and adapted various ordinary objects taken from more than 60 world cultures.
These objects have been either specially remade as life-scale replicas, or were purchased and transported to Nørrebro – and have now been integrated into unique expositions in the urban environment. In this way, Superkilen's accessibility has been increased not only by its ubiquitous bike paths, but also by these artifacts of societal memory – which, when synthesized into this unifying landscape, are like little hooks upon which any world citizen can get caught up in for a moment. Construction began in 2009 and was concluded this spring, indicating a job well done. Now the landscape of Copenhagen has been complemented with an urban design space of high artistic quality; it consists of three sections – Red Square, Black Market and Green Park. With its cafes, music and sports activities, Red Square represents life in a quintessential modern city, while Black Market is a classic park square with a fountain and benches, and Green Park is ideally suited for pic-nicks, sports and dog-walking.
Eddie Adams “Speak Truth To Power” Fotografiska, Stockholm October 26 – November 25, 2012
There are certain figures who, because of their convictions and works, over time become the voice of a collective societal and historical conscience. These are the defenders of human rights, many of whom have been arrested, tortured and even executed, but at the same time, have also become spiritual and inspirational leaders, as well as teachers, to many followers. To get a closer look at who these people were and are, the Stockholm museum Fotografiska is featuring an exhibition of photographs, titled Speak Truth to Power,by photojournalist Eddie Adams (1933-2004); it will be showing through November 25. Thanks to his candid photographs, Adams gained heroic acclaim – in 1968, he risked his life in Vietnam when he took a picture of an official shooting a handcuffed prisoner. The shocking image, which later won Adams the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, caused such an uproar that it is attributed as one of the reasons for halting the pointless war actions in Vietnam. Alongside pictures of the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and other world-famous peace messengers, the exhibition contains images of lesser-known individuals from Hungary, Liberia, India, Pakistan and other countries, in which the fight for human rights is still ongoing. The works on view in the show, along with interviews conducted by Kerry Kennedy, were published in the year 2000-published book, Speak Truth To Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark. Just like the book, the touring of Eddie Adams' photographs is being sponsored by one of the world's largest human rights organizations, the Robert F. Kennedy Center.
Jonas Dahlberg “Hall of Mirrors” Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg November 2, 2012 – January 6, 2013
The video artist Jonas Dahlberg (1970) is one of Sweden's most well-known contemporary artists, both on a local and global scale. He gained widespread popularity with installations featuring his “infamous” video cameras set up in public toilets (Safe Zones No. 11, 2006). However, his works are not about challenging, or making fun of, society, but rather about human consciousness and the fine layers that make up the illusions this this consciousness creates. Viewing Dahlberg's works is like meeting yourself in some specific, artist-created environment. Dahlberg is interested in the game of hide-and-seek that goes on in the human mind – which can make reality unreal, and vice versa – thereby revealing the melancholic pleats of appearances. This sort of experiment can be done on your own senses by visiting Gothenburg's main art venue, Göteborgs Konsthall, from November 2 through January 6, which is when Dahlberg's solo show, “Hall of Mirrors”, will be on view. The works exhibited have been made from recordings featuring people's subjective memories about architecture. In all, seven video works and one audio piece make up the show, including Dahlberg's latest creation – Shadow Room (2011).
Emil Nolde “In Search of the Authentic” Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo October 12, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Good, classic modernism, in the shape of works by one of Germany's greatest expressionists – Emil Nolde (1867-1956) – can be seen at Oslo's National Museum of Art (Nasjonalmuseet), where the exhibition “In Search of the Authentic” is going on through January 30, 2013. The painter's signature was his energetic and coarse brushstroke, as well as his expressive choice of color, beginning with golden yellow and ending in tonal gradations of maroon. Nolde chose religious themes, portraits and landscapes as subjects, but it was his grotesques and primitively-handled erotic motifs that would have seemed especially emphatic and exotic to viewers in his day. Nolde's work was based on a deep interest in a truthful and simple life, but his painting also attested to an interest in new, nontraditional and modern forms of expression.