22 FEBRUARY–19 JUNE 2014
ON INVASIVE GROUNDS
OUR INNER NATURE
Works from the Malmö Art Museum Collection
Ann Böttcher, Kajsa Dahlberg, Olafur Eliasson, Carl Fredrik Hill, Joachim Koester, EvaMarie Lindahl, Sivert Lindblom, Anna Ling, Gerhard Nordström, Henrik Olesen, Nina Saunders, Lars-Andreas Tovey Kristiansen.
PRESS PREVIEW: 20 February at 11 am
OPENING: 21 February at 5-8 pm
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Marabouparken art centre kicks off the spring season with two exhibitions in which conceptions of nature and naturalness in a roundabout way open the door to our fickle “inner nature”, which manifests itself in that which is accepted and that which is rejected, in history, culture, in our language and in our idea of ourselves.
On Invasive GroundsIn her solo exhibition On Invasive Grounds, artist Katja Aglert explores the widespread notion of a lost natural, primordial state, characterised by harmony and balance, which we strive to re-establish. In neon-based work and video installations, Katja Aglert traces the human hand in the proliferation of artificial light, explores the Arctic of male myths and the flora of the World Heritage site of Suomenlinna. Eventually a completely different idea about the earth’s original state emerges: a world that has always been, and continues to be, in perpetual flux, a world characterised by constant interaction between animals, nature and human beings, the latter of which may be regarded as the earth’s most invasive species.
Our Inner NatureWhile Malmö Art Museum is closed during the spring for renovations, its collection is presented in a new context and for a new audience, at Marabouparken art centre. With the point of departure in Marabouparken’s own history and what it can tell us about the ideals and the time in which it was designed, the exhibition presents works from the Malmö Art Museum’s Nordic collection in which nature, and that which is considered natural, are the elusive reference points of the beautiful and the normal, as well as of the threatening and the uncontrollable in our lives. The exhibition gathers twelve prominent Nordic artists whose works span the 1880s to the present day and reflects on the scope of the collection as well as its unique Nordic profile. Inner mental landscapes of a threatened and threatening nature encounter political landscapes in which nature is the site and the instrument for formulating territorial claims, national identities, norms and values. Via nature, the works reflect and comment on our civilisation and cultural history in which the concept of nature often starts and ends in our own hands.
PROGRAMME IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE EXHIBITIONS
AT MARABOUPARKEN ART CENTRE
3 APRIL at 6 PM BOOK RELEASE WITH KATJA AGLERT AND
AND LECTURE BY FEMINIST RESEARCHER LISA BLOOM
Release of the publication Winter Event- antifreeze, Winter Event- antifreeze, Winter Event- antifreeze, Winter Event- antifreeze published by Art & Theory, with the editors Katja Aglert and Stefanie Hessler. One of the contributors to the book, the American feminist researcher Lisa Bloom, will lecture on her ongoing project Climate Change and Contemporary Art of the Polar Regions: Gender after Ice, on how the threat of global climate change is reflected in contemporary art practices. Lisa Bloom is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Women at the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles. She is active both in San Diego and in New York.
23 APRIL at 6 PM RADICAL GARDENING
George McKay gives a lecture based on his book Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion in the Garden on how gardens and parks have been favoured by alternative, radical cultures such as music festivals, the peace movement and different kinds of political activism. McKay is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford, England.
Marabouparken är en institution som arbetar med den samtida konsten.
Det gör vi genom ett rikt och omväxlande program bestående av utställningar, seminarier, samtal, visningar och publikationer som ställer konsten i relation till andra sammanhang. Med samtidskonsten som utgångspunkt vill vi också synliggöra det offentliga rum vi verkar i, där Marabouparken som historiskt monument utgör ett naturligt avstamp.