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MALMÖ ART MUSEUM@MALMÖ KONSTHALL
A selection from the City of Malmö’s art collections
7.12 2013 – 16.3 2014


Malmö Art Museum@Malmö Konsthall is a unique encounter and reflects the multi-faceted world we live in – one that is constantly changing and undergoing increasing social and environmental shifts on a global scale. Recent decades have seen revolutionary development including a changing global political power balance and the explosive growth of communications technology.

During these decades Malmö Art Museum has built up its collection of primarily Nordic contemporary art. This exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to experience parts of this collection in a dialogue with works from the Schyl Donation. Both collections reflect the most important international movements and trends in contemporary art and in the eras in which that art was created.

The exhibition presents works from the 1960s up until today and has three main themes: a changing world, rituals of everyday life and language and communication. While the art collections were being built up the map of Europe was being redrawn. The Berlin Wall fell and people were forced to re-evaluate the official version of history and encounter a changing world. The political tensions during and after the division into East and West blocs were depicted by many artists. A changing world leads to a changing daily life. A number of works focus on the rituals of everyday life – ones that people become accustomed to, inherit and sometimes resist. New rituals arise when the world and people’s living conditions change. How we process information is also constantly changing. The exhibition presents a number of works by artists who have explored the significance of language and our diverse ways of communicating.

M-salen is a special section of the exhibition where visitors are able to influence what will be exhibited. There are more than 500 works from the collections to choose between, from the 1910s to today. The exhibition in M-salen will be expanded gradually.

C-salen presents video works from the art museum’s collection.


Participating artists
Miroslaw Balka, Barton Lidicé Beneš, Joseph Beuys, Miriam Bäckström, Cecilie Dahl, Erik Dietman, Nathalie Djurberg, Ditte Ejlerskov, Marie-Louise Ekman, Andreas Eriksson, Elis Eriksson, Öyvind Fahlström, Gilbert & George, Felix Gmelin, Nan Goldin, Antony Gormley, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Jens Haaning, Annika von Hausswolff, Ane Hjort Guttu, Leif Holmstrand, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Annica Karlsson-Rixon, Mike Kelley, Edward och Nancy Kienholz, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger, Via Lewandowsky, Axel Lieber, Ann Lislegaard, Richard Long, Kristina Matousch, Tova Mozard, Sirous Namazi, Claes Oldenburg, Jón Óskar, Ola Pehrson, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Ride1, Viktor Rosdahl, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Vassil Simittchiev, Tove Storch, Johan Thurfjell, Rosemarie Trockel, August Walla, Andy Warhol, Dan Wolgers, Bill Woodrow and others.

Malmö Art Museum has one of Sweden’s most extensive collections of primarily Nordic art but also of international art, applied arts, and objects from the applied arts industry from the 16th century to today. The collection consists of about 40,000 works and has been built up thanks to generous donations and purchases. The museum actively collects Nordic contemporary art and every year lends a large number of works to exhibitions at museums and public art galleries in both Sweden and abroad. Malmö Art Museum is operated by the City of Malmö with the support of Region Skåne.

Inspired by Malmö Konsthall’s international exhibition activities, Karin and Jules Schyl donated in 1983 a small collection of international “classics” plus funds for the purchase of “newer, preferably avant-garde art from a diverse range of art movements.” The Schyl Donation reflects the most important movements and trends in contemporary art, above all from the most recent decades. The collection has grown quickly and currently contains more than 100 works, including some by many internationally known artists. Works from the collection are often lent to museums around the world.

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