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Moderna Museet - Malmö

Exhibition Detail
Scandinavian Pain
Curated by: John Peter Nilsson
Gasverksgatan 22
SE-211 29 Malmö

May 3rd, 2013 - August 25th, 2013
May 3rd, 2013 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 Scandinavian Pain , Ragnar KjartanssonRagnar Kjartansson, Scandinavian Pain ,
© Courtesy of the artist & i8 gallery and Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York
+46 8 5195 5200
Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday 11-18 Wednesday 11-21
neon, installation
In the coming summer season, the City of Malmö will highlight contemporary art with the arts festival Malmö Nordic 2013. As a part of this initiative, Moderna Museet Malmö will be featuring a unique encounter between Ragnar Kjartansson and Edvard Munch.

In his paintings, drawings, videos, music and performances, Ragnar Kjartansson (born 1976, in Reykjavík) expresses a lyrical gloom combined with subtle humour. His performances involve the same action being repeated over and over again, to generate a situation that is both hopeless and comical.

“Scandinavian Pain” is an eleven-metre long, pink neon sign that Kjartansson originally installed on the roof of a barn in for the Momentum 2006 Biennial. Living in the barn for a week, he acted out the stereotypical figure of the suffering, Nordic artist through various pictures and actions.

This neon work now belongs to the Moderna Museet collection, and Kjartansson will be installing it on a newly-built barn inside Moderna Museet Malmö for the “Malmö Nordic 2013” festival. Inside the barn are works by Edvard Munch that will probably appear in a new light. Ragnar Kjartansson himself will also participate in various ways, as a melancholy jester.

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