May 17, 2018 - Malmö Konsthall - Siri Aurdal: Continuum
May 17, 2018

Malmö Konsthall

Siri Aurdal, 3D rendering, c. early 1990s.

Siri Aurdal
Continuum
May 26–August 26, 2018

Press preview: May 24, 11am–12pm
Opening: May 25, 6–9pm

Malmö Konsthall
S:t Johannesgatan 7
SE-205 80 Malmö
Sweden

www.konsthall.malmo.se
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Siri Aurdal
Continuum
May 26–August 26, 2018

Press preview: May 24, 11am–12pm
Opening: May 25, 6–9pm

Malmö Konsthall
S:t Johannesgatan 7
SE-205 80 Malmö
Sweden

www.konsthall.malmo.se
Facebook / Instagram

Continuum is the largest solo exhibition so far for the Norwegian sculptor Siri Aurdal (b. 1937, living in Oslo). It is also the artist’s first solo exhibition since 1980.

Siri Aurdal attracted a lot of attention with her sculpture Onda Volante in the Nordic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. The curator of the group exhibition Mirrored was Mats Stjernstedt, director of Malmö Konsthall. This summer the sculpture from the Nordic Pavilion will be shown in Malmö Konsthall along with a set of newly produced sculptures. These works constitute the first additions in over 30 years to a sculpture series that Siri Aurdal introduced in 1969, in her breakthrough exhibition Environments at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo. 

In this series of sculptures, Siri Aurdal staged the idea of modular use, of a sculpture system that is undergoing reconstruction. She combined this with radical notions concerning the relationships of art to architecture and to viewers, along with knowledge of the social context provided by the artwork. At this time, Aurdal was highly influenced by ideas and movements she had encountered during her travels through Europe in the early 1960s.

Malmö Konsthall will also be showing Interview (1968–2018), which has been rebuilt specifically for the open gallery space. For the presentation in Malmö, the work has been reinforced, and combined with Conversation (2018). The two works are made from transparent, tinted plexiglass, which leads the viewers through an illuminated room, between hanging mobiles and labyrinthine formations.

This choice of experimenting with new industrial materials–plexiglass and a kind of reinforced fibreglass-coated polyester, the latter produced for the Norwegian oil industry at the end of the '60s—is characteristic of Aurdal’s work at that time. The material is sawn in two in accordance with the original blueprints made by the artist, and is then combined into billowing formations resembling Moebius strips.

The attention that Siri Aurdal’s participation in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale received marked her arrival on the international stage. It was a confirmation that she is returning to work as an artist after a prolonged hiatus, a return that began when some initial, vital steps were taken in Oslo between 2013 and 2016.

Like Siri Aurdal’s work in general, the title of the exhibition, Continuum, suggests that a constant change is possible. The potential for change is determined by spatial conditions, by the opportunities and limitations presented by the architecture. Siri Aurdal’s intention of combining formal and geometrical decisions with social interaction was a unique approach in the Scandinavian art scene of the late '60s. Her ideas represented significant progress, and after a time of absence, they have returned to continue influencing people and being experienced by them.

Malmö Konsthall wish to extend a warm thanks to artist Eline Mugaas, Oslo, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Skissernas Museum– Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Lund, and the organizers of the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Moderna Museet, OCA-Office for Contemporary Art, Frame-Contemporary Art Finland.

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