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.