The battle of the city – theories and currents of ideas on the public space of the city from a landscape perspective

Tuesday 7 February, 19:00 hrs.

Free admission. This invitation is for you and one guest.

Landscape architect Thorbjörn Andersson has followed the development of ideas concerning public space, city and landscape for many years. His role has been that of an editor, critic/writer and, not least, practitioner. This year he will publish articles in several Scandinavian magazines where he tries to capture contemporary directions in public city space, which increasingly has become the focus of politics, arts and economic development in the global society.

Afterwards a discussion will follow with magazine Arkitektur’s editor-in-chief Dan Hallemar. The moderator will be Tomas Lewan from the Art Critics Association.

A bar serving light food will be open all evening, from 18:30 to 23:00. Address: Konstnärsklubben, 2nd floor, Smålandsgatan 7, Stockholm. Ring door bell marked “Konstnärsklubben”.

The Critics’ Salon is arranged by the Swedish Art Critics Association in collaboration with the Tuesday Club – the meeting place for artists in Konstnärshuset (the Artists’ House) on the first Tuesday of every month.

The Critics’ Salon will be held in Swedish.

Free Art? Artistic education at the University College of Arts, Craft and Design; the Royal Institute of Art and Valand School of Fine Arts, from the 1960s until today

Wednesday, November 23, 18:00–20:00 hrs.

The Auditorium of Konstakademien (The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts), Fredsgatan 12 in Stockholm.

Since 1977, artistic education is part of the university system. How did practical and strongly individualized art schooling fit into an academically oriented organization? How has the distinctive character been maintained and what are the implications of the introduction of academic master’s and PhD degrees? Art life has changed and the traditional ways of teaching have been renewed. For a long time, the schools were also dominated by men, both as students and as teachers; what did the power structures look like and how have they changed?

The seminar will illustrate Swedish artistic education from the 1960s up until today. The evening will open with Marta Edling, senior fellow in art history at Uppsala University, presenting her book Fri konst? Bildkonstnärlig utbildning vid Konsthögskolan Valand, Konstfackskolan och Kungl. Konsthögskolan 1960-1995 (Free Art? Artistic education at Valand School of Fine Arts, the University College of Arts, Craft and Design and the Royal Institute of Art 1960–1995). Then Annika Öhrner, scholar at Uppsala University and head of Valand School of Fine Arts 1996–2000 and Johan Widén, professor at KKH 2000–2010 will talk with Marta Edling about some of the themes in the book, and the evening will end with an open debate with the audience. Moderator: Niclas Östlind, curator and arts faculty doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg.

Free admission

The Swedish Art Critics Association in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts

The talk will be held in Swedish.

Feminist strategies for a pluralistic art scene. The Swedish Art Critics Association Critics’ Salon visits the Tuesday Club

Tuesday, 1 November, 19:00 hrs. Free admission. This invitation is for you and one guest.

Feminism, in different shapes, has had great importance in the last 40 years for rewriting art history and for exhibiting art in new ways. Malin Hedlin Hayden and Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe have gathered texts by a number of internationally prominent curators, art historians and artists, to discuss feminisms, in plural, in the art world. The book “Feminism is still our name. Seven essays on historiography and curatorial practices” (2010) is the starting point for an evening on feminist strategies for a more pluralistic art scene.

Malin Hedlin Hayden and Jessica Sjöholm Skrubbe, both active scholars at the Department of Art History at the Stockholm University, will be talking to Patrik Steorn from the Swedish Art Critics Association.

A bar serving light food will be open all evening, from 18:30 to 23:00. Address: Konstnärsklubben, 2nd floor, Smålandsgatan 7, Stockholm. Ring door bell marked “Konstnärsklubben”.

The Critics’ Salon is arranged by the Swedish Art Critics Association in collaboration with the Tuesday Club – the meeting place for artists in Konstnärshuset (the Artists’ House) on the first Tuesday of every month.

The Critics’ Salon will be held in Swedish.

Realism – does it exist? A talk about dreams of the 2000s on true realism and the multi-directed realisms of contemporary art. The Swedish Art Critics Association visits the Tuesday Club.

Tuesday, 4 October, 19:00 hrs. Free admission. This invitation is for you and one guest.

An interactive evening of talks will be opened by Jessica Kempe, art critic at daily Dagens Nyheter, who will be joined by Mats Arvidsson, longtime art critic at Sveriges Radios Kulturredation (Swedish Radio Culture Desk), and artist Sissel Wibom. A starting point will be the new issue of art magazine Konstperspektiv: Radikalrealister? (Radical Realists?). A slide show will be featured.

A bar serving light food will be open all evening, from 18:00 to 23:00. Address: Konstnärsklubben, 2nd floor, Smålandsgatan 7, Stockholm. Ring door bell marked “Konstnärsklubben”.

The Critics’ Salon is arranged by the Swedish Art Critics Association in collaboration with the Tuesday Club – the meeting place for artists in Konstnärshuset (the Artists’ House) on the first Tuesday of every month.

The Critics’ Salon will be held in Swedish.

To portray vulnerability

Wednesday, 28 September, 16:30–18:30 hrs.

Studio 3, 3rd floor, Kulturhuset (Culture House) Stockholm, Sergels torg. Free admission.

Tina Enghoff’s photographs tell of consequences of the Danish immigration policy. The exhibition at the Stockholm Culture House, entitled “I am nothing,” is an artistic project as well as a contribution to the debate on human rights. In connection to the exhibition a discussion series will be arranged in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Memorial Fund, to address the questions the works deal with. The exhibition is open 30 June through 9 October, 2011.
On 29 September, there will be a discussion on how to portray vulnerability and how art and policy can work together to affect public opinion.

How to balance between the desire to tell a story and the integrity of the people portrayed? Does vulnerability put the artist in a position of greater responsibility? On what conditions can art be political?

Also participating, apart from Tina Enghoff, is artist Anna Odell, whose degree project “Unknown woman” created a huge debate on psychiatric care and art; journalist and filmmaker Svante Tidholm, who portrayed a brothel in Berlin in the documentary “Like a pasha”; and artists Dror Feiler and Gunilla Sköld Feiler who created their own platform in the gallery Tegen2, currently with the exhibition “In the face of risk.”

Moderator for the talk will be Sophie Allgårdh, art critic in Svenska Dagbladet, author and, 2006 through 2010, editor of art magazine Paletten.
The Stockholm Culture House in collaboration with the Swedish Art Critics Association.

The debate will be held in Swedish.

Open talk on art criticism in a growing region

Malmö Konsthall (Malmö Art Hall), 14 September 2011, 19:00–21:00 hrs. Free admission.

Opening speakers:
Linda Fagerström; art critic, PhD in art history, lecturer in Cultural Sciences and Design Theory at K3, Malmö University
Elena Tzotzi, curator, Signal Center for contemporary art, Malmö
Dan Jönsson, art critic, Dagens Nyheter
Moderator: Thomas Millroth; art critic, art historian and curator

The art life changes. In southern Sweden and in Denmark it expands, looking for new expressions and locations. The Malmö Art Academy has gained great importance. Artists from all over the world move here, the relations with Copenhagen and Berlin tend to grow stronger. New galleries open while artist-driven initiatives are strong.
What is the role of criticism in daily papers in this process?
How does the criticism reflect new and old art?
Is criticism a part of the discussion on art?
And the classic question returns: for whom do we write criticism?

This evening, our talk on art criticism will focus on Skåne. The idea is for the talk to be open to the audience. We have specially invited art critics, artists, gallerists and museum people. We would like an evening with an animated and interesting discussion. Therefore, we have no actual panel, but have chosen a few interesting opening speakers. Elena Tzotzi represents an active gallery and a meeting place in an alternative art scene, Linda Fagerström has a perspective that comprises gender as well as a historic view of the importance, design and contents of criticism. Dan Jönsson has great experience as a culture journalist in newspapers and radio.

The evening is arranged by the Culture Desk of Sydsvenskan in collaboration with the Swedish Art Critics Association and Malmö Konsthall (Malmö Art Hall).

Torsten Jurell on China: the art scene and varied projects

Tuesday 6 September, 19:00 hrs. Free admission. This invitation is for you and one guest.

Torsten Jurell has rented an art studio in Beijing for five years. Recently he returned to Stockholm after four months in Caochangdi – one of several villages in Beijing where artists from all over the world congregate. Artist Ai Weiwei has his studio in Caochangdi, where he also designed the big art galleries located at a walking distance from the 798 Art District. During these five years, Torsten Jurell has worked on an “underground project.” Several times along the way he has held exhibitions with parts of the work in Beijing, in 798, at the Museum of East Asia in Stockholm in 2010, and now he finishes the whole project with a big exhibition, “Beyond the Underground,” at the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg this fall. (See also the presentation in Paletten No. 3-4, 2010.)

Torsten Jurell will talk about what makes him travel to China. He will show pictures of works by himself as well as by Chinese colleagues, and tell us about his impressions and experiences from the Chinese art scene.

A bar serving light food will be open all evening, from 18:30 to 23:00. Address: Konstnärsklubben, 2nd floor, Smålandsgatan 7, Stockholm. Ring door bell marked “Konstnärsklubben”.

Arranged by the Tuesday Club – the meeting place for artists in Konstnärshuset (the Artists’ House) on the first Tuesday of every month, in collaboration with the Swedish Art Critics Association.

The talk will be held in Swedish.

Lecture by Hal Foster Creaturely Cobra, Animal Jorn.

Thursday 14 April 2011, at 18.30

About the Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914–1973)

In the Auditorium, Moderna museet, Stockholm
Admission free

Introduction by Daniel Birnbaum

Hal Foster is an American art critic and art historian, born in Seattle in 1955 and a professor at the department of art and archaeology, Princeton University, since 1997. He is currently a Siemens Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Foster has had a seminal influence on our understanding of postmodernism and its relationship to modernism, most recently in his extensive textbook, Art Since 1900. Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (2004), co-written with Rosalind Krauss, Yves-Alain Bois and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh. As early as in 1983, Foster published a number of ground-breaking essays in The Anti-Aesthetic. Essays on Postmodern Culture, now regarded as a standard work on postmodernism. Foster began his career as an art critic in 1970s New York, working mainly for Artforum and Art in America, where he was part of the editorial team between 1981 and 1987. In 1990, he presented his dissertation on surrealism at New York City University, later published as Compulsive Beauty (1993).

Since 1991, Foster is co-editor of the magazine October, together with his former tutor Rosalind Krauss and others. He is the author of numerous influential books, including Recodings. Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics (1985), The Return of the Real. The Avant-Garde at the End of the Century (1996), Design and crime and other diatribes (2003) and Prosthetic Gods (2004).

In collaboration with Södertörns Högskola and Svenska Konstkritikersamfundet.

1960s debate on arts and crafts and design in Sweden. The Critics’ Salon of the Swedish Art Critics Association visits the Tuesday Club

Tuesday, 5 April 2011, 19:00

In the 1960s, industrial designers were criticized for being immoral junk makers, and artisans for supplying the bourgeoisie with exclusive status symbols. What was art, handicraft or politics? Free embroideries, rugged silver, new clay, glazing or oil paint; the artistic genres were eroding. The difference between utility goods and free art was erased while the Duchamp aesthetics claimed it was the observer who decided what was art. Arts and crafts attracted much attention at Liljevalchs and the National Museum, but still remained marginalized. Cilla Robach structures and close reads the debate on this bewildering period in her thesis “The Liberation of the Form” from 2010.

Cilla Robach, design historian and curator at the National Museum since 1998, will relate the debate on arts and crafts and design in the 1960s. Afterwards there will be a discussion with the author of the book, former professor of design history at Konstfack Kerstin Wickman and the Swedish Art Critics Association chairman Christian Chambert.

A bar serving light food will be open from 18:30.

Address: Konstnärsklubben, 2nd floor, Smålandsgatan 7, Stockholm. Ring door bell marked ”Konstnärsklubben”.

The evening is arranged by the Swedish Art Critics Association in collaboration with the Tuesday Club – the meeting place for artists at Konstnärshuset (the Artists’ House) on the first Tuesday of every month.

This event is held in Swedish.

POSTMODERN: New languages in art: the philosophies of the ’80s

Saturday, 26 February, 15:00

Place: The Auditorium of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Philosophy and theory gained great influence on the creation of art and on the interpretations of visual arts in the 1980s. Jean Baudrillard, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Fredric Jameson, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan and Jean-Francois Lyotard were obvious references in the discourse. In art academies a gradual switch took place from teaching technical skills to concept-based knowledge. Today it is difficult to tell theory from practice.

Conversation: Sara Danius, professor of aesthetics at Södertörn University; Lars O. Ericsson; philosopher and art writer; Gertrud Sandqvist, professor of art theory and history of ideas at the Malmö Art Academy; Cecilia Sjöholm, professor of aesthetics at Södertörn University; Kim West, editor of Site and Oei.

Moderator: Daniel Birnbaum, museum director at the Moderna Museet.

Follow-up gathering: Deconstructed Piano Music. Piano bar with Eva Sidén who, among other things, will perform Om Om, 5 Minimalistic Piano Pieces and Small talks with melodies from the 80s.

More information: www.modernamuseet.se/sv/Stockholm/Program/Programserie-Postmodernt/

Moderna Museet together with Södertörn University and the Swedish Art Critics Association.

The conversation will be held in Swedish.