Dave Hullfish Bailey
Sieverts Ingo Vetter
Lisa Le Feuvre
"What Is to Be Done?" focus on Mario Merz in a show of sculptures and installations made of wax, glass, metal, wicker, wood, photography and neon. The group show "Kirunatopia" is an exhibition of international and Swedish artists' works on the city of Kiruna. On view a variety of film material by artists, activists, filmmakers, philosophers and political groups from Disobedience Archive (The Parliament) and illustrations by Bjorn Berg.
Mario Merz / What Is to Be Done
20 June - 30 September 2012
curated by Lisa Le Feuvre
As one of the inaugural exhibitions at new Bildmuseet, we exhibit a large retrospective by Mario Merz (1925-2003). This is the first comprehensive presentation by the Italian artist in Sweden since the Moderna Museet show in 1983.
Mario Merz was a key-figure in the Arte Povera movement during the 1960’s and 1970's. Arte Povera questioned many of modernism's artistic conventions and artists who took part in the movement were interested in the role of art as part of everyday life and applied the usage of cheap and readily available materials.
The exhibition Mario Merz / What Is to Be Done? focus on Merz as an innovator in the field of sculpture and display sculptures and installations made of wax, glass, metal, wicker, wood, photography and neon.
The exhibition is curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and co-produced by Bildmuseet and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds where the exhibition premiered in the autumn 2011.
Image: Mario Merz, Objet Cache-Toi (1968). © Mario Merz and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Photography Helge Mundt
Kirunatopia / In the Shadow of the Future
20 June - 28 October 2012
curated by Kim Einarsson, Konsthall C and Brita Täljedal
Twelve artists' works based on a town in transition. What processes is a community and its inhabitants undergoing when land areas disappear and new areas are created? What memories disappear and what future images are created?
Kirunatopia / In the Shadow of the Future is an exhibition of international and Swedish artists' works on a city in transition.
The town of Kiruna is situated on top of one of the largest iron ore deposits in the world. The town was founded as a modern project at a time when Norrland was named "Land of the Future" in view of its natural resources. Today the mining has caused cracks in the ground which make the town face a historical transformation – its center has to be moved.
During 2010 and 2011, artists Lara Almarcegui (Rotterdam), Agneta Andersson (Kiruna), Geir Tore Holm (Skiptvet), Dave Hullfish Bailey (Los Angeles), Lina Issa (Amsterdam), Ingela Johansson (Stockholm), Søssa Jørgensen (Skiptvet), Britta Marakatt-Labba (Upper Soppero), Boris Sieverts (Cologne), Ingo Vetter (Bremen) och Florian Zeyfang (Berlin) were offered work- and research time in Kiruna in a project by Goethe-Institut Schweden. For the first time on display, Bildmuseet present the results of their investigations.
The exhibition also features work by artist and filmmaker Liselotte Wajstedt. The still image is from her forthcoming documentary "Kiruna - Rymdvägen" which will premiere during the exhibition period.
The exhibition is installed around a copy of a wooden construction, built after a century-old photograph by Borg Mesch. The original probably served as a protection against the wind when balloons were launched to perform measurements of the ground. Here, in the exhibition, it symbolizes the modernization and colonization of the North.
Kirunatopia / In the Shadow of the Future is curated by Kim Einarsson, Konsthall C and Brita Täljedal, Bildmuseet. The exhibition is a co-production between Bildmuseet, Goethe-Institut Schweden and Konsthall C, in cooperation with Kiruna City Council and Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University.
Disobedience Archive (The Parliament)
20 June - 2 September, 2012
Disobedience Archive (The Parliament) is a user’s guide to the geography of civil disobedience, from Italy 1977’s social struggles to global protests, through to the current insurrections in the Middle East and the Arab world.
Disobedience Archive is an ongoing, itinerant atlas of the various contemporary resistance tactics: from direct action to counter-information, through constituent practices and forms of bio-disobedience. It accommodates a variety of film material by artists, activists, filmmakers, philosophers and political groups.
The selection of films is organised in eight chapters: the first is about the 1977 demonstrations and riots in Italy, followed by sections on social changes around the Berlin Wall, the social upheavals in Argentina in 2001, the anti-globalization movement’ developments from 1994 onwards, experimental forms of education, community and urbanism, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, political and activist work in the former Eastern Bloc, the effects of 09/11 and a new section dealing with events surrounding what has come to be called the Arab spring.
For this iteration the Disobedience Archive occupies The Parliament by Céline Condorelli, a structure specially commissioned for the Flexihall on the ground floor of Bildmuseet.
The archive includes material from 16 beaver, Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée (AAA), Mitra Azar, Gianfranco Baruchello, Bernardette Corporation, Black Audio Film Collective, Copenhagen Free University, Critical Art Ensemble, Dodo Brothers, Marcelo Expósito, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Rene Gabri and Ayreen Anastas, Grupo de Arte Callejero, Etcétera, Alberto Grifi, Ashley Hunt, Kanal B, Mosireen, Wael Noureddine, Margit Czencki / Park Fiction, Oliver Ressler and Zanny Begg, Joanne Richardson, Roy Samaha, Eyal Sivan, Hito Steyerl, The Department of Space and Land Reclamation, Mariette Schiltz and Bert Theis, Ultra-red, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Dmitry Vilensky and Chto Delat? and James Wentzy.
Marco Scotini is a curator and director of the Visual Arts Department at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan. Céline Condorelli is an artist based in London.
Björn Berg / Not a Day Without a Line Drawn
20 June - 2 September, 2012
Björn Berg (1923-2008) is the artist behind some of Sweden’s best known and most beloved book illustrations.
Björn Berg is known for the illustrations in Astrid Lindgren’s books about Emil in Lönneberga and Alf Prøysen’s books about Mrs. Pepperpot. This exhibition focuses on Björn Berg’s fairytale world, but he also illustrated history books and was for many years active as reportage artist at daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Helena Vejbrink 46 90 7869073, 46 73 8019073 email@example.com
Opening June 20, 2012
Umea universitet, Ostra Strandgatan 26
Opening hours: tue - sat 12.00 - 16.00, sun 12.00 - 17.00, monday closed