Migration: Traces in an Art Collection
11 October 2019 – 23 February 2020
How have artists related to migration over the past 150 years? We can find some of the answers in Malmö Konstmuseum’s own collection, which includes artists with different experiences of migration.
This exhibition is partly based on events that took place in Malmö Konstmuseum’s current premises in spring 1945, when the building were rapidly filled with refugees from Nazi concentration camps who were brought to Malmö thanks to the White Bus operation. The museum’s director, Ernst Fischer, then decided to convert the museum into a refugee camp, provinding hundreds of beds. The event was portrayed by the artist Sven X-et Erixson. But some of those who lived in the museum also left drawings behind. Works on paper showing both the horrors and friendships of life in the concentration camps.
The exhibition includes works spanning from the 19th century to today, by artists who have lived or worked in exile, or who have been politically engaged in migration issues. Classics by such names as Gerhard Nordström, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Peter Weiss and Lotte Laserstein are shown alongside artists, including a group of Latvian 1930s paintersand contemporary works by Runo Lagomarsino and Sahar al-Khateeb, which comment on notions of migration in our globalised society.
The exhibition is a collaboration with Tensta konsthall.
Curators: Maria Lind and Cecilia Widenheim