Migration: Traces in an Art Collection
11 October 2019 – 23 February 2020
How have artists related to exile and migration over the past 150 years? Searching for traces in the collection of MalmöKonstmuseum, we can find some answers to this question.
One point of departure is the period shortly after the end of the Second World War. The location is Malmö Museum, 1945. The newspapers wrote about the Red Cross’s white buses that had helped survivors make it to Sweden. These survivors were placed in temporary refugee shelters in Malmö - but more spaces were needed. In response, the museum director Ernst Fischer decided overnight to shut down the museum’s regular activities in order to help the newcomers with hundreds of sleeping spots. Many of those who lived at the museum left drawings there that depicted life in the concentration camps. These are shown in the exhibition alongside Sven X-et Erixon’s work that also describes the event.
The exhibition presents over 100 years of migration stories. The earliest work dates back to 1881 and describes a time in which around 1,3 million Swedes emigrated to America. From this point we follow the passage of history up to current times, with artists who have either lived or worked in exile, or who have worked politically on the theme of migration. Big names such as Gerhard Nordström, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Peter Weiss and Lotte Laserstein are shown side by side to, among others, a group of Latvian painters from the 1930s whose work has not been showcased in over 50 years. To tie together this complex history, contemporary pieces are also shown, which comment on images of exile and movement in today’s globalised world.
Curators: Maria Lind and Cecilia Widenheim.
The exhibition is a collaboration with Tensta konsthall.
Jānis Aižēns, Meriç Algün, Muhammad Ali, Sahar al-Khateeb, Albin Amelin, Pia Arke, Kārlis Baltgailis, Maja Berezowska, Carlos Capelán, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Eduards D Dzenis, Ewa Einhorn & Jeuno JE Kim, Sven X-et Erixson, Öyvind Fahlström, Jörgen Fogelquist, Luca Frei, Leon Golub, Jāzeps Grosvalds, Isaac Grünewald, KW Gullers, Maxime Hourani, Marija Induse-Muceniece, Charlotte Johannesson, Björn Jonson, Eduards Kalniņš, Käthe Kollwitz, Jakob Kulle, Kusmievkowa, Runo Lagomarsino, Lotte Laserstein, Lars Laumann, Franco Leidi, Per-Oskar Leu, Ludolf Liberts, Milda Liepiņa, Janis Karlovic, Liepinš, Lage Lindell, Sven Ljungberg, Egon Møller-Nielsen, Sirous Namazi, Endre Nemes, Gerhard Nordström, Jānis Plēpis, Vilhelms Purvītis, Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts, Jānis Rozentāls, Ninnan Santesson, Uga Skulme, Vassil Simittchiev, Jadwiga Simon-Pietkiewicz, Niklāvs Strunke, SUPERFLEX, Olle Svanlund, Jānis Ferdinands Tīdemanis, Valdemārs Tone, Paola Torres Núñez del Prado, Birgitta Trotzig, Ulf Trotzig, Tage Törning, Konrads Ubāns, Sigismunds Vidbergs, Peter Weiss, Adja Yunkers, Jacques Zadig, Richard Zariņš, Birgit Åkesson, Anders Österlin.