Architectural models are often made as instructions, to explain. In Truls Melin’s work, his undying childhood interest in modelbuilding has the opposite purpose, or rather, non-purpose. Here, there are no instructions for the viewer; on the contrary, it is noted that nothing is rational. His shapes, colors, motifs could be interpreted as representing the imagination, the will and the limitless possibilities.
Truls Melin, Aspirant, 1989, on display in “Strangely familiar” one of our 19 new displays that will open in the Collection this year. #ModernaMuseet#TrulsMelin
The tapestry “Achtung” was made for a scandalous exhibition at Kulturhuset, Stockholm, in 1976, with Charlotte Johannesson and her husband, Sture Johannesson. The personal ID number in the tapestry referred to a debate at the time challenging the government’s growing influence through collection of personal data. As a result of public concern about personal data storage the Swedish Data Protection Authority was established in 1973, as the world’s first government body of this kind.
Charlotte Johannesson, Achtung, 1976, is on display in” A room of one’s own” – one of our 19 new displays that will open in the Collection this year. #ModernaMuseet#CharlotteJohannesson
Colourful, large, rotating women called ”Nanas” and black machines greet the visitors as they approach the museum. Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely originally created their large sculpture group, Le Paradis fantastique, for the Montreal World Exposition in 1967, but the sculpture was given its permanent home by the Moderna Museet when it was donated by the artists. #nikidesaintphalle#jeantinguely#modernamuseet
Irving Penn developed a minimalist focus on form and surface early on in his career – a style he continued to refine and never really abandoned. Photographs of flowers and other objects have been likened to modern still-lifes. Irving Penn is on display in the Collection.
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Damien Hirst, ”Unknown Pharaoh”, 2015, in the Astrup Fearnley Collection.
This work is by Juliana Huxtable, artist, poet, performer and DJ, born in 1987. Huxtable explores the intersections of race, gender, queerness and identity in her works by using a diverse set of means to engage these issues, including self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, nightlife, music, writing, and social media.
Jeff Koons is known for his neo-pop art, such as "Michael Jackson and Bubbles" from 1988. The work belongs to his Banality series and portrays the celebrated American pop star holding the chimpanzee Bubbles on his lap, based on a press photo. The triangular composition of the sculpture was inspired by Michelangelo’s ”Pietà” in the Vatican, and Koons himself has referred to Jackson as a modern Christ figure. The work is made of gilded porcelain, a material that for many years was reserved for royalties and aristocrats but today is used for mass-produced ornaments and knick-knacks.
Olav Christopher Jenssen is a Norwegian artist. For nearly 30 years, he has created series of abstract paintings exploring the floating line, as well as a corporal engagement within the process of painting, constructing balanced structures in a dialogue with art history. With great sensibility and skilfulness, he approaches and withdraws from representation, flirting with landscapes and cityscapes, or signs of nature, combined with personal traces.
As you probably know, Moderna Museet recently hosted the exhibition “Gilbert & George – The Great Exhibition”. In September the exhibition will be shown at Astrup Fearnley, including this work from the their collection. The artist duo Gilbert & George have worked together since the late 1960s, and their work often address issues that concerns them personally. A number of large panels builds up Gilbert & George’s recognizable photographs. This expression was established in a time when there were technical limitations on how to print large colour photographs. Today Gilbert & George make use of the many technical innovations within photo treatment, but they stay true to the use of panels as a signifying artistic signature. Gilbert & George, “Yell”, 1992. (This is a museum swap. Experience works from a museum in our neighbour country. Today we switch Instagram with @astrupfearnley!) #MMAFMswap#gilbertandgeorge#astrupfearnleycollection#astrupfearnleysamlingen#MuseumSwap#AstrupFearnleyMuseet#AstrupFearnley#ModernaMuseet@AstrupFearley
Through their materiality and aesthetic, books were the first support for Anselm Kiefer’s artmaking, and writing every day in a journal has made it possible for the artist to reflect on his work and to engage in research that is closely connected with his thinking. The work ”Zweistromland/The High Priestess” is an enormous bookshelf made of lead combined with historical and cultural references. Its main topic refers to the ‘Cradle of Civilization’, Mesopotamia, which in German is called ‘Zweistromland’. The ’high priestess’ personifies wisdom, just as a book collection can be a metaphor for stored wisdom.
”Beautiful, amore, gasp, eyes going into the top of the head and fluttering painting” is part of Damien Hirst’s series of Spin Paintings, which are made by pouring paint onto rotating, circular canvases. After having made Hirst place in the British art scene as an emerging artist, he gained his first international acclaim at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Yet it was ultimately by winning the 1995 Turner Prize with the work, ”Mother and Child Divided” that he embossed on the global contemporary art map.
This sculpture is a casting of Carles Ray’s former lover, artist Jennifer Pastor, but the white aluminium sculpture is far more than merely a portrait. The figure is a perfect aesthetic object that functions as a commentary to a thousand years of the Western tradition of sculpture and, at the same time, stands as an empty, idealised representation of a real person.