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Hilma af Klint, De tio största, nr 9, Ålderdomen, grupp IV, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Upcoming Exhibitions at Moderna Museet in Malmö and Stockholm
A Japanese pioneer in an electric dress, a search for a new way of living, and history writing, power, and fiction in an explosive combination—Moderna Museet continues to present art from every angle. The icing on the cake is the opening this spring of a comprehensive exhibition of Hilma af Klint at Moderna Museet Malmö.


Sensing Nature from Within
28.9 2019-8.3 2020
Curator: Joa Ljungberg

The natural world, from which humanity has so thoroughly distanced itself, no longer exists, at least not in the same way or to the same extent it once did. This realization is starting to dawn on an increasing number of us, including many artists, and has resulted in a growing desire to reconsider old truths and seek out new ways of living and understanding the world. With the exhibition project Sensing Nature from Within, Moderna Museet Malmö wants to offer an artistic and philosophical sounding board for these existential explorations of our time. The project will combine an international art exhibition with an interdisciplinary program of lectures, discussions, and performances.

Participating artists: Ursula Biemann & Paolo Tavares; Cecilia Edefalk; Elisabete Finger & Manuela Eichner; Hans Hammarskiöld; Ingela Ihrman, Anne Duk Hee Jordan; Tuija Lindström, Hanna Ljungh; Hilde Skancke Pedersen; The Otolith Group; Shimabuku; Christine Ödlund.

The exhibition is shown in the Turbine Hall.

Merike Estna: Ghost of the future, filled with memories of past
26.10 2019-26.1 2020
Curator: Andreas Nilsson

Stepping into Merike Estna’s (b. 1980) installations is often an immersive experience where painting and sculpture meet performance, inviting the viewer’s participation. Merike Estna has discussed and tested the limits of painting as both idea and action over a long period of time. With her expressive style, the artist unites an abstract visual language that seems to be taken from our digital age with motifs from myths and folk tales. The exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö is the Estonian artist’s first solo exhibition in Sweden. It combines artworks from recent years with works created specifically for this context.

The exhibition is shown in the Right Gallery and the New Gallery.

Hilma af Klint
Curators: Iris Müller-Westermann and Milena Høgsberg

During the spring and summer of 2020, Moderna Museet Malmö will give its visitors an opportunity to become acquainted with the fascinating and ground-breaking Swedish artist Hilma af Klint in a comprehensive presentation. Among the highlights of the exhibition will be the series “The Ten Largest,” which with a monumental format and a color palette challenged the dominant canon of the day.

441 tanaka1956 600Atsuko Tanaka wearing her Electric Dress suspended from the ceiling at the 2nd Gutai Art Exhibition in Ohara Hall, Tokyo, 1956 © Kanayama Akira and Tanaka Atsuko Association

Atsuko Tanaka
14 September, 2019 – 16 February, 2020
Curator: Matilda Olof-Ors and Jo Widoff

Atsuko Tanaka (1932-2005) joined the Osaka-based radical art group Gutai in 1955. For a performance in 1956, she created “Denkifuku” (Electric Dress) – a costume consisting of hundreds of coloured light bulbs – which became one of her signature pieces. When Tanaka wore the dress on stage, it illuminated the room with pulsating light, like electrified blood rushing through her body. Body and technology were united in the hallucinatory light-play of the modern city.

This autumn, Atsuko Tanaka’s works are presented in an exhibition that explores her practice in depth, along with the playfulness of the Gutai group’s experimental and transcendental art.

The exhibition is shown in the left-hand gallery on Floor 2.

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd – Alias: CFR
14 September, 2019 – 16 February, 2020
Curator: Andreas Nilsson

Playful and multifaceted – Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s (1934-2016) artistic career spans nearly seven decades, several pseudonyms and most media. The exhibition focuses on the intricate installation and object group Kilroy (1963-1972) and on a series of large, expressive drawings the artist made after suffering a stroke in 1989, which forced him to switch from drawing with his right hand to his left. Alias: CFR includes 35-40 works from the Moderna Museet collection.

The exhibition is shown in the right-hand gallery on Floor 2. It was previously featured at Moderna Museet Malmö.

Mud Muses – A Rant About Technology
12 October, 2019 – 12 January, 2020
Curator: Lars Bang Larsen

The group exhibition Mud Muses – A Rant About Technology revisits the theme of art and technology and borrows its title from an installation by Robert Rauschenberg and an essay by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Historically, art and technology have been a cornerstone for Moderna Museet. In its early years, the Museum showed seminal exhibitions on man and machine. Mud Muses – A Rant About Technology explores this history once more and proposes new perspectives on it. A variety of works and projects are presented as exhibitions-within-the-exhibition in Mud Muses – A Rant About Technology, including the early-1970s Vision Exchange Workshop from Mumbai, several generations of cyber-feminists, and cosmograms from Marubo shamans.

Participating artists: Vision Exchange Workshop, Robert Rauschenberg, Branko Petrović, Anna Sjödahl, Charlotte Johannesson and Digitalteatern, Suzanne Treister, Soda Jerk feat. VNS Matrix, Ian Cheng, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Armando Mariano Marubo, Paulino Joaquim Marubo and Antônio Brasil Marubo, The Otolith Group, Lucy Siyao Liu, Primer, CUSS group, Jenna Sutela, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Anna Lundh.

The exhibition is shown on Floor 4.

Aris Fioretos
25 October, 2019 – January 2020
Curator: Aris Fioretos
It all started with an obituary. One day, Aris Fioretos discovered that an archivist at the National Board of Health had died at a very old age, leaving no kin. He wouldn’t have given Iris Frost another thought if her name had not been similar to that of a minor character in his first novel. Out of curiosity, he contacted the newspaper and obtained the phone number of the person who had submitted the obituary. When they met, it turned out that not only had the deceased read his novels about how the brain, genitals and heart informed the perception of mankind that emerged in the early-20th century, but had also commented on them.

In “Atlas”, published this autumn, these medical history notes are presented in an edited version, highlighting characters that are far less fictional than Fioretos would have his readers believe. Coinciding with the publishing, Moderna Museet opens an eponymous exhibition. In collaboration with gewerkdesign in Berlin, Fioretos has recreated the book’s textual universe, hovering between fiction and cultural history.

The exhibition is shown in The Pontus Hultén Study Gallery.

Walid Raad
Let’s be honest, the weather helped
15 February - 10 May, 2020
Curator: Fredrik Liew

Walid Raad (b. 1967 in Chbanieh, Lebanon) began his artist career in the late 1980s and has worked primarily on three major projects since then: The Atlas Group, Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut), and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow. In these projects, he challenges his audience with documentary stories featuring a mixture of real and fictional elements. Walid Raad creates documents that he wishes already existed, that he longs for, or fears. This gives rise to a testing of the conditions for historiography, power, reality and fiction.

Documents and archives are essential to Raad’s artistic practice, but oral accounts and a new performance in the intersection between lecture, guided tour and theatre also have a central role in this retrospective exhibition. The subjects Raad focuses his projects on are closely linked to his own life story, growing up in Lebanon during the civil war, moving to New York where he still lives, and his evolving career in an expansive global art world.

The exhibition is shown on Floor 4.
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For more information, please contact:

Kristin Lundell, Press officer at Moderna Museet in Stockholm
+46 709 52 23 62

Sofia Alsterhag, Communicator at Moderna Museet Malmö
+46 734 22 87 39