September 30, 2011 - Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art - Two new exhibitions
September 30, 2011

Two new exhibitions

Left: Cosima von Bonin, “Hermit Crab in Fake Royère,” 2010.
Right: Marijke van Warmerdam, “Wind,” 2010.

presentations from the collection

Cosima von Bonin, Per Kirkeby
and Tal R
September 24, 2011–June 10, 2012
Curator: David Neuman

Marijke van Warmerdam
September 24–December 11, 2011
Curator: Tessa Praun

Frihamnsgatan 28
SE-115 56 Stockholm
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Starting in fall 2011, Magasin 3 will dedicate two galleries to annual exhibitions featuring works from the permanent collection. These presentations will provide the opportunity for recollections and reflections upon artists that Magasin 3 has followed over the years.

The first presentation begins with a group of works by Cosima von Bonin, a Cologne-based artist. In her imagery, we encounter creatures and objects that seem to have escaped from a kindergarten. Larger than life they sit perfectly poised as if at the beach or on the ocean floor upending all preconceptions. Although Cosima von Bonin has been included in group shows at Magasin 3, this is the first solo presentation of her works in Scandinavia, and includes an exciting new acquisition.

The second gallery is a meeting between two celebrated Danish artists: Per Kirkeby and Tal R. Both have previously been featured in solo exhibitions at Magasin 3, yet this new context places their paintings and sculptures side-by-side in an encounter that lends itself to visual rapture and existential analysis.

Museum Magasin 3 exhibitions are created by the curators at Magasin 3. These first presentations are curated by museum director David Neuman assisted by Bronwyn Griffith, Assistant Curator of Collection Research.

The exhibition is open during fall season 2011 (September 24–December 11) and spring season 2012 (January 12–June 10).

Magasin 3 has published a full color catalogue in newspaper format for the exhibition. Content: A facsimile of a drawing by Tal R.
Texts by David Neuman, Director of Magasin 3, John C. Welchman, Professor of Modern Art History at University of California, San Diego, and interviews with curators Richard Julin and Sara Källström. The catalogue is handed out to all museum visitors. It will also be distributed in 70 venues around Sweden together with the magazine Artlover.


During fall 2011, Magasin 3 presents a selection of film works by the Dutch artist Marijke van Warmerdam. In absence of any clear beginning or end, seemingly insignificant events are expanded into poetic abstractions. Leaves carried by the wind, milk dripping into a glass of water, a bunch of flowers vibrating in a bicycle basket or white jet trails across the sky–the meditative simplicity of the films bestows upon the viewer a moment of stillness and titillating wonder based in the everyday.

In the exhibition at Magasin 3 swirling air is what connects three films that are otherwise totally independent works. Blondine (1995) is a close study of a woman drying her long hair. The hair drier blows her locks in circular motions. Wave (2006) documents a mule standing in a field of grain that sways rhythmically in the wind while the mule swings its tail. In Wind (2010) leaves and litter are blown through an industrial zone. The movement of the camera as it follows bits of plastic, feathers and dry leaves emphasizes the passage of the wind through an otherwise deserted area.

Curator Tessa Praun explains: “The absence of any real action gives a sense of timelessness that is a welcome contrast to the hectic pace of everyday life. At Magasin 3 the chosen films, which are all silent, are shown on digital projectors for the first time. The mechanical hum of the film projector is absent making the visual experience in the room even more intense.”

Marijke van Warmerdam (b. 1959) lives and works in Amsterdam. Since the early 1990s she has worked primarily in 16mm and 35mm film. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale and at institutions such as Wiener Secession, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, ICA in Boston, CCA in Kitakyushu, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Her collected works can be seen at a large touring retrospective beginning at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam this fall. Later on the exhibition will travel to Serralves Museum in Porto and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.

The exhibition was realized with the financial support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

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