September 2, 2013 - Bonniers Konsthall - Art of Memory
September 2, 2013

Art of Memory

Alina Szapocznikow, Cendrier de Célibataire I (The Bachelor’s Ashtray I) , 1972. Polyester resin and cigarette butts. Courtesy The Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski / Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris. Photo: Fabrice Gousset.

Art of Memory
4 September–24 November 2013

Bonniers Konsthall
Torsgatan 19
SE-11390 Stockholm
Hours: Wednesday–Friday noon–7pm; 
Saturday–Sunday 11am–5pm

T +46 (0)8 7364248

A series of solo exhibitions with Tarek Atoui, Gerard Byrne, Ann Böttcher, Cecilia Edefalk, Raqs Media Collective, Hans Rosenström and Alina Szapocznikow

At Bonniers Konsthall, Haunted Palace, Jewish Museum, Music and Theatre Library, Observatory Museum, Stockholm Public Library, Strindberg Museum and Vasaparken

Art of Memory is a series of exhibitions at Bonniers Konsthall and at surrounding museums which, along with lectures and publications, seek to encompass today’s notions of memory and history, and also to offer alternative narratives about the past. The art gallery will display three separate exhibitions, which both amplify and refract one another. Gerard Byrne, Cecilia Edefalk and Alina Szapocznikow relate very differently to how individual and collective memories shape our lives. The passage of time, however, becomes one point of connection between them. Gerard Byrne recreates overlooked moments of contemporary history. Cecilia Edefalk allows the ghosts of history to appear by showing a series of paintings surrounded by their own history: the studies and documentation from previous places where they have appeared. Alina Szapocznikow’s sculptures and drawings from the 1950s until her death in 1973 tell the story of the body’s often painful memories. Simultaneously, her exhibition evokes the memory of an artistic practice by displaying material from her private archives, films of her working in the studio, photos of pieces that no longer exist, and documentation from the exhibitions, such as the one at Lunds Konsthall in 1977.

Along with the gallery’s three exhibitions, works are displayed at surrounding museums in Vasastan in Stockholm, at places which hold the past and who participate in creating our view of history. Hans Rosenström’s sound piece takes the listener from Vasaparken to Judiska Museet to the Public Library. He makes associations with the role of place during ancient times in the art of memory, while also starting a discussion about technologies for memory in our digital age. At the Observatory Museum, Ann Böttcher is showing the creation of a pictorial world by sight in her detailed pencil drawings, while Raqs Media Collective, at the same museum, is thinking about shifts in time and place, such as lost star constellations. Tarek Atoui is creating a sound piece based on EMS’s (the Electronic Music Studio’s) archives at the Music and Theatre Library, and Cecilia Edefalk’s four-year-long conversation with August Strindberg is playing as text at the Strindberg Museum.

A part of the autumn lecture series is a collaboration with the research program Time, Memory, Representation, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The exchange between art, literature and research has, since the start of Bonniers Konsthall, been a way to deepen the program. The anthology that will be published in conjunction with Art of Memory is a collaboration with Albert Bonnier´s Publishing House with contributions from artists, writers and researchers.

With the support of Culture Ireland, Electronic Music Studio (EMS), Finnish Institute, Institut français de Suède, Polish Institute and Stockholm stad.

The exhibition A state of neutral pleasure by Gerard Byrne is organised by Whitechapel Gallery, London in collaboration with Bonniers Konsthall.

International symposium 
September 4, 2–7pm
Speakers are Ina Blom, Gerard Byrne, Victoria Fareld, Dan Karlholm, Trond Lundemo, Raqs Media Collective, Johan Redin, Anda Rottenberg, Hans Ruin

This symposium will present artistic as well as theoretical aspects on recent transformations in historical consciousness. The invited speakers will not only revolve around what we remember today, but also why and how, and how that is configured in the artistic field as well as in the science of humanities and history in relation to society at large. Invited speakers are artists and researchers taking part in the project and lecturers who has contributed to the field Memory studies.

Collaboration with the research program Time, Memory, Representation ( funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. With the support of Polish Institute, Stockholm.

Read more about the speakers and program here.

For more information about the exhibition and the programme, please visit For press images, visit Bonniers Konsthall’s image bank on mynewsdesk.

For further information, please contact contact Sofia Curman, Information Officer at Bonniers Konsthall: sofia.curman [​at​], T +46 8 736 42 66.

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