Art of Memory consists in a series of solo exhibitions hosted at Bonniers Konsthall and at surrounding museums in Stockholm. Bonniers Konsthall simultaneously displays three individual exhibitions, conceived as independent projects which dialogue with one another, offering the viewer a free play of cross-references and conceptual interactions.
Gerard Byrne, Cecilia Edefalk, and Alina Szapocznikow reflect differently on the complex relation between individual and collective memory, creating personal interpretations of the passage of time and of its elaboration. While Gerard Byrne focuses on overlooked moments of contemporary history through videos and photographs (like in Newsstands series, 2012-ongoing), Cecilia Edefalk shows a series of paintings (White Within, 1973-2013) accompanied by their own history, in the form of studies and documentation from the previous places they appeared: the artworks appear to have their own memory, their own past to preserve. Alina Szapocznikow’s sculptures and drawings, spanning from the 1950s until her death in 1973, appear as an archive of the body’s painful memories (Tumours Personified, 1971) and, simultaneously, of the relentless artistic practice which accompanies her daily life.
Other artists involved in the exhibition series are Tarek Atoui, Ann Böttcher, Raqs Media Collective (with the project Museum of Lost Constellations at the Observatory Museum), Hans Rosenström, who show their works about history, past, memory and time in various venues of the city, such as Haunted Palace, Jewish Museum, Music and Theatre Library, Observatory Museum, Stockholm Public Library, Strindberg Museum and Vasaparken.
The research program Time, Memory, Representation will focus on the exchange between art, literature and research. An anthology of texts will include contributions from artists, writers and researchers.
4 September – 24 November 2013