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Exhibition: ‘A Way of Life – Swedish Photography from Christer Strömholm until Today’ at Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden

Exhibition dates: 1st February – 18th May 2014

Curator: Anna Tellgren, curator of photography, Moderna Museet.

 

Another posting on an eclectic subject that this blog likes to promote, this time on Swedish photography. A subject that I know very little about…

Marcus

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Many thanks to the Moderna Museet Malmö for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

Kenneth Gustavsson. 'Berlin' 1983

 

Kenneth Gustavsson
Berlin
1983
© Kenneth Gustavsson Estate

 

Tuija Lindström. 'Pia' 1983

 

Tuija Lindström
Pia
1983
© Tuija Lindström

 

Martin Bogren. 'No title'. From the series 'Lowlands' 2011

 

Martin Bogren
No title
2011
From the series Lowlands
© Martin Bogren

 

Martin Bogren. 'No title'. From the series 'Lowlands' 2011

 

Martin Bogren
No title
2011
From the series Lowlands
© Martin Bogren

 

 

“Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) is a predominant figure of Nordic photography and has inspired generations of young photographers. His images of the transsexuals of Place Blanche in Paris is some of his most known work. Included in the exhibition are photographers that have followed in the footsteps of Strömholm. Works, taken from the Moderna Museet collection, by photographers such as Yngve Baum, Agneta Ekman, Ann Christine Eek, Gunnar Smoliansky and not least Anders Petersen, who has most prominently carried on the Strömholm legacy.

“This is an exciting exhibition not only due to its extensive selection but also because we are experimenting with intersecting three separate exhibitions into one entirety,” says John Peter Nilsson, Director, Moderna Museet Malmö. The exhibition also highlights three contemporary photographers. J.H. Engström (b. 1969) has been seen as a successor to Christer Strömholm and Anders Petersen, his Tout va bien is the newest series to be featured. Anna Clarén (b. 1972) is just like Engström part of a generation of photographers that emerged in the late 1990’s. In her bright colour photos we meet people and spaces close to the photographer. Martin Bogren (f. 1967) is the third contemporary photographer, he is active in Limhamn and his series Lowlands (2011) tells a personal tale, in black and white, about a small village in the Skåne countryside.

“It’s fantastic to be able to show an important part of Swedish modern photography history using the Moderna Museet collection. Martin Bogren, Anna Clarén and JH Engström are all three contemporary photographers that are good examples of how strong and exciting the Nordic photography scene is right now,” says Anna Tellgren, curator of the exhibition.

The title of the exhibition comes from a quote taken from a lecture by Christer Strömholm. He explains that “… for me, working with photographic images is a way of life. When I think of it, and when I look carefully at my images, all of them, each in its particular way, are nothing but self-portraits, a part of my life.” That approach has shaped all photographers represented in the exhibition. Several self-portraits, portraits of friends and some portraits of Christer Strömholm can be found in the selection.

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Featured photographers
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Yngve Baum, Martin Bogren, Stina Brockman, Anna Clarén, Dawid, Ann Christine Eek, Agneta Ekman, JH Engström, Nan Goldin, Neil Goldstein, Catharina Gotby, Denise Grünstein, Kenneth Gustavsson, Walter Hirsch, Gerry Johansson, Rune Jonsson, Eva Klasson, Nina Korhonen, Tuija Lindström, Anders Petersen, Håkan Pieniowski, Marco Plüss, Inta Ruka, Ulf Simonsson, Gunnar Smoliansky, Christer Strömholm, Lars Tunbjörk, Odd Uhrbom, John S. Webb

Press release from the Moderna Museet Malmö website

 

Anna Clarén. 'No title'. From the series 'Holding' 2006

 

Anna Clarén
No title
2006
From the series Holding
© Anna Clarén

 

Anna Clarén. 'No title'. From the series 'Holding' 2006

 

Anna Clarén
No title
2006
From the series Holding
© Anna Clarén

 

Christer Strömholm. 'Hotel Central, Paris' 1951/1981

 

Christer Strömholm
Hotel Central, Paris
1951/1981
© Christer Strömholm/Strömholm Estate

 

Christer Strömholm. 'Hotel Central, Paris (Self-portrait)' 1951/1981

 

Christer Strömholm
Hotel Central, Paris (Self-portrait)
1951/1981
© Christer Strömholm/Strömholm Estate

 

Christer Strömholm. 'No title' 1963/c. 1985

 

Christer Strömholm
No title
1963/c. 1985
© Christer Strömholm/Strömholm Estate

 

Anders Petersen. 'Marlene' from the series 'Café Lehmitz' 1967-1970/1986

 

Anders Petersen
Marlene
1967-1970/1986
From the series Café Lehmitz
© Anders Petersen

 

JH Engström. 'No title' from the series 'Tout va bien' 2014

 

JH Engström
No title
2014
From the series Tout va bien
© JH Engström

 

JH Engström. 'No title' from the series 'Tout va bien' 2014

 

JH Engström
No title
2014
From the series Tout va bien
© JH Engström

 

 

Moderna Museet Malmö
Gasverksgatan 22 in Malmö

Moderna Museet Malmö is located in the city centre of Malmö. Ten minutes walk from the Central station, five minutes walk from Gustav Adolfs torg and Stortorget.

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday 11-18
Wednesday 11-21
Mondays closed

Moderna Museet Malmö website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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