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Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, The Photographer, 2015. © Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff
2021 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö
Exhibitions featuring Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Laurie Anderson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Leonilson and Zvi Goldstein meet presentations of pictorialism and expressionist modernism from the collection. And Moderna Museet Malmö has extended the Hilma af Klint exhibition. Welcome to 2021 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö.

Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff
Alternative Secrecy
13 February – 9 May 2021
Curator: Anna Tellgren

In spring 2021, Moderna Museet presents the exhibition Alternative Secrecy with Annika von Hausswolff (b. 1967) – from now on called Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff. The exhibition looks back, while positioning itself in the present, and highlights the scope of an artistic oeuvre that has challenged and fascinated a large and initiated audience for thirty years. Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff’s art has been acknowledged and analysed in countless publications, and she has continuously developed her ideas in many projects. Alternative Secrecy comprises some one hundred works from her entire career and a few recent pieces made especially for this presentation. Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff was also invited to select works from the Moderna Museet collection. These will be shown as a separate part of the exhibition and in dialogue with the artist’s own works.

Drawn 1975–1993  
22 March – 23 May 2021
Curator: Krist Gruijthuijsen

José Leonilson (1957–1993) created his personal and poetic vision in times of political and social change in his native Brazil. In the mid-1980s, he was one of the leading artists within Geração 80 (80s generation), rediscovering a "joy of painting" in the years following the end of Brazil’s military dictatorship. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Leonilson’s work in Europe and presents a selection of 250 works, from the artist’s early paintings to the introspective embroidery from the last years of his life. When Leonilson was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991 his works, which resembled a diary, revealed his deteriorating health and a preoccupation with death.

The exhibition is produced by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Malmö Konsthall and Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 
Fly In League With The Night
12 June – 5 September 2021
Curator: Matilda Olof-Ors

In the summer of 2021, Moderna Museet will host the first major retrospective exhibition of British artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977). Fly In League With The Night features around 80 paintings and works on paper. The presentation spans over the artist's entire career – from her graduation show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2003 to the present day.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye makes figurative paintings based on a variety of source material. Working in oil on canvas or coarse linen, developing a language through mark-making, colour, scale, and composition has been central to the development of her practice. The characters she constructs are suggestions of people created of the artist’s memories and imagination, and influenced by images, drawings, and photographs. The intentionally ambiguous characters seem to exist in a timeless state where the past, present and future converge, and their individual narratives are left to be constructed by the beholders.
The exhibition is organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.

Art and photography around 1900
19 June – 17 October 2021
Curator: Anna Tellgren

This exhibition is based on the rich collections of Moderna Museet and Nationalmuseum, with art and photography dating from the late 1800s to the First World War. During this period, pictorialism was a style that many prominent photographers worked in; it was inspired by impressionism, symbolism and naturalism. Pictorialism was the first international art photography movement, with many active practitioners throughout Europe and the USA. Sweden was on the periphery of this movement, but the style became popular here too among several influential amateur and professional photographers. This was a pivotal period in painting, where the younger artists who went abroad and were inspired by a freer approach broke with the more conservative academic painters. This exhibition will highlight works by famous photographers and painters from the years around the turn of the century.

Laurie Anderson 
9 October 2021 – 20 February 2022
Curator: Lena Essling

In autumn 2021, Moderna Museet presents Laurie Anderson (born 1947) – a legendary figure in American avant-garde art, experimental music and independent culture. Since her breakthrough in the mid-1970s, with performance and video works, Laurie Anderson has risen to prominence also as a writer, composer, and filmmaker. Listening, language and storytelling are essential elements in her interdisciplinary practice, which spans from philosophical and personal contemplations to activist interventions on burning political issues – including unexpected world hit O Superman (1981) referencing the Iran hostage crisis, and the multimedia installation Habeas Corpus (2015) on Guantánamo. Underpinning her practice is a drive to explore new forms of expression and media. In her most comprehensive European solo show to date, Laurie Anderson will explore the potential for presenting a narrative in the museum space. Here, earlier works meet new productions, in a reflection on time and being, silence and clamour.


Hilma af Klint
Artist, Researcher, Medium
Malmö, extended to 21 February 2021
Curators: Iris Müller-Westermann and Milena Høgsberg

Hilma af Klint – Artist, Researcher, Medium is a major presentation of the artist’s oeuvre in an exhibition comprising some 230 works and filling the entire museum space. Moderna Museet Malmö seeks to offer new insights into Hilma af Klint’s systematic explorations and interdisciplinary approach. After the unforeseen closure for more than two months, Hilma af Klint – Artist, Researcher, Medium could finally open on 16 June. As part of the Museum’s measures to prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus, the number of visitors is limited. On public demand, and to give more people the opportunity to see Hilma af Klint’s works, the exhibition has been extended to 21 February 2021.

The Man with the Blue Face
On the expressionist quest of early modernism
27 March 2021 – 31 January 2022
Curator: Joa Ljungberg

The Man with the Blue Face features Moderna Museet’s rich collection and presents seminal artists who contributed to the dynamic regeneration of art in the first decades of the 20th century. This exhibition includes key works by Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Helene Schjerfbeck, Vera Nilsson, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Tora Vega Holmström and many others. The featured artists all share an experimental approach to the potential of colour, lines and composition to express different moods, emotions and existential thoughts. Naturalistic depiction did no longer feel sufficient; instead, artists wanted to explore the inner dimensions of the mind and reach for a deeper experience of reality.

Zvi Goldstein
27 March – 29 August 2021
Curator: Iris Müller-Westermann

This spring’s main exhibition in the Turbine hall is with Zvi Goldstein (b. 1947), who, for many years, has highlighted contemporary art from the periphery of traditional Western art history. Zvi Goldstein was born in Romania, but has lived in Jerusalem since the late 1970s and considers this to be his artistic and intellectual home.
The exhibition highlights Zvi Goldstein’s unique artistic practice, which spans a multitude of theoretical perspectives, including discussions on the climate, botany, ethnography and eschatology. Works from the latest decades are shown together with a new, monumental installation presented here for the first time.

Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff
Alternative Confidentiality
Malmö, 25 September 2021 – 27 February 2022
Curator: Anna Tellgren

This exhibition will be shown at Moderna Museet in both Stockholm and Malmö. For details, please see the programme for Stockholm.

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