There is a misconception about art experiences in the summer. As we know the Venice Biennale opened a few weeks ago, but if there is no way to take that trip to southern Europe this summer here is a guide to art experiences in the north: Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Niki de Saint Phalle “The Girl, the Monster and the Goddess” Moderna Museet, Stockholm April 20 – December 1, 2013
Tala Madani “Rip Image” May 25 – October 27, 2013
Modern Museet has several worth-seeing shows. The exhibition The Girl, the Monster and the Goddess explores the Niki de Saint Phalle’s iconography through the three different characters that reoccur in her work. Throughout her career, she has always returned to the personal scars and traumas that had once made her choose to become an artist. In the film Daddy, and in the artist book The Devouring Mothers, she is portrayed as a child, trying to cope with the father who abused her. With the help of imagination and mythology, Niki de Saint Phalle managed to keep her own inner demons at bay while combining both private and universal issues of gender, power and powerlessness.
In Moderna Museet’s series Moment we meet Tala Madani’s Rip Image. She works with paintings and animations of myths of masculinities and this is her most comprehensive museum exhibition to date. In her work, Madani discusses the social and political challenges of our contemporary global society. There is a contrast between humour and seriousness in her artistic renderings of veritably ritualistic, often absurd situations that oscillate between the figurative and the abstract. Complex structures and emotional layers are added on each other until the given outcomes are annulled.
Klas Eriksson. “Performance Away Day”. Photo: Per Larsson
Klas Eriksson “So, I hit him with a brick” Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar June 1 – August 25, 2013
Kalmar Konstmuseum in the south of Sweden is showing solo exhibition with Stockholm based artist Klas Eriksson, So, I hit him with a brick. Eriksson works with references to different subcultures, in this case especially the culture that surrounds the supporter culture, in order to illuminate the role of the individual in the collective motion. The exhibition also includes a catalog, designed as a fanzine in collaboration with Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, philosopher and co-worker in tsnoK & Lacuna.
The KaviarFactory’s facade sign is a permanent installation piece by German artist Michael Sailstorfer
Per Barclay and Marie Bovo “Lofoten – Different Lights” KaviarFactory, Lofoten Starting from June 9, 2013
Like a wave across Northern Europe, first with Louisana in Denmark and Artipelag in Sweden, yet another privately financed kunsthalle has opened in a natural setting. It has taken its name from the fact that it is situated in an abandoned caviar factory in the northern part of the Norwegian archipelago, Lofoten. KaviarFactory opened June 9, 2013 with Per Barclay and Marie Bovo. They are showing monumental photographic works produced in Lofoten in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The exhibition is called Lofoten – Different Lights. Also, an exhibition comprising selected works by local artist Rune Johansen is shown on the second floor.
Installationshot from: Gardar Eide Einarsson “Versuchsstation des Weltuntergangs” at Bergen Kunsthall. Photo: Thor Brødreskift
Gardar Eide Einarsson “Versuchsstation des Weltuntergangs” Bergen Kunsthall, Oslo May 23 – August 15, 2013
In connection to the annual Bergen Music Festival an artist is chosen each year to have a solo exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall and this year, in the sixtieth edition, Gardar Eide Einarsson has been selected to be the Festival Artist. In the show, entitled Versuchsstation des Weltuntergangs, we are met by an apparently impenetrable wall of coded messages and decontextualized visual signs taken from art history, popular culture and subcultures. The works are enlarged or abstracted until they run the risk of being emptied of their original meaning. They are also often minimalistic, but not only in their black-and-white execution, or in certain formal similarities to minimalism and geometrical abstraction, but according to art-historical tradition: they are also seen as a calculated restraint that make the works almost mute or non-communicative. Under this surface there is an intricate weave of information.
“Munch 150” Nasjonal Museum and Munch Museum, Oslo June 2 – October 13, 2013
After much debate it is finally decided that a new Munch museum will be built in Oslo. To celebrate this and the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch the National Museum and the Munch Museum have a collaborative show called Munch 150. The exhibition is arguably the most ambitious presentation of Munch’s art ever and comprises 220 paintings with the greatest number of Munch’s key works in modern times. Highlights of the exhibition include near-complete reconstructions of The Frieze of Life (1902) and The Reinhardt Frieze (1906–1907).
Goran Hassanpour, “Towel of Babel”, 2011. Photo: Vegard Kleven
The 7th Momentum Biennial Moss, Norway June 22 – September 29, 2013
The biennale in Moss has, since its beginning in 1998, presented art and artistic ventures in a Norwegian and Nordic context. The main venues are Momentum kunsthall and Galleri F 15, but other additional locations have been included as well. This year Power Ekroth and Erlend Hammer have been invited to curate the biennale, which will consist of two separate parts, each with its own exhibition title and group of artists. Ekroth’s Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast advocates a romantic thought about contemporary art being worth something beyond an economical value, or a simple marker of social stand. The exhibition challenges the visitor to stop for a second and think about what art means to society. Artists include Hassan Khan, Gabriel Lester, Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen, Jan Christensen, Loulou Cherinet and so on.
Erlend Hammers exhibition is entitled Dare 2 Love Yourself and is a group exhibition where the artists have been invited on the basis that their work function well together. Some works are now presented in Norway for the first time, or in a new context where they get to play against other works. Other works were produced especially for this exhibition. It has also been based on a dialogue between the artists and the curator. Artists include: Bjarne Melgaard, Ane Graff, Matthew Antezzo, Sex Tags and so on.
Tara Donovan Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk February 8 – July 28, 2013
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is not only showing a Half-a-Wind Show retrospective with Yoko Ono (open until September 29th). In their contemporary program Lousiana has also displayed American artist Tara Donovan. Her works are built up in the exhibition space or carefully adapted/matched to it. They challenge our conventional ideas of proportion and our experience and interpretation of the things we sense and navigate amongst. Donovan experiments with materials and with the human sensory system.
John Kørner “Caught” HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning April 4 – September 22, 2013
JohnKørner’s Caught highlights and investigates central themes in his oeuvre. With exuberant childish colours he addresses major challenges that concern us all. While Caught incorporates works from all parts of the artist’s career, it also explores an overarching theme of imprisonment. This has interested Kørner for some time. In order to delve into this new problematic, the artist makes full use of central older works as well as new ones produced specifically for this show. A central element in the exhibition will be a life-size prison cell that the artist has designed for HEART and which will serve as a platform for a deeper engagement with Kørner’s body of work.