Leif Elggren, ”A Dormitory for Celebrities”

Leif Elggren
Leif Elggren, Bed, 2011, image: Galleri Niklas Belenius

Leif Elggren is unavoidable in Scandinavia: Not only is he known for his profound oeuvre of sound pieces and performances, his collaborative spirit (see his work with Thomas Liljenberg and their DIY initiative Firework Edition), and his insight into the absurdities of power and privilege but the artist also owns a specific style marked by his use of yellow and black, a color combination that he has claimed as his domain since 1977. More »

Virlani Hallberg, Solo Exhibition

Virlani Hallberg
Virlani Hallberg, Receding Triangular Square, 2012, image: Galleri Riis

Born in Jakarta, the Berlin- and Stockholm-based artist Virlani Hallberg draws attention to the boundaries between individual and collective trauma, and how violence affects individuals in a long-term fashion – sometimes hindering, other times transforming those involved. More »

Viktor Rosdahl, ”Outskirts”

Viktor Rosdahl
Viktor Rosdahl, The Wedding, 2013, image: Christian Larsen

In “Ytterstad / Outskirts” Viktor Rosdahl includes more human figures and visages than in previous exhibitions and employs a tone which seems more reverent than before. More »

“Sunbathers”

Sunbathers
David Douard, S1CK 54LIVA, 2013, image: 1857

In Oslo, summer is full-on, accompanied by the hedonistic joys brought on by a tenacious sun that hardly ever sets. More »

Chris Burden, Solo Exhibition

Chris Burden
Chris Burden, B-Car, 1975, image: Magasin 3

Given that chris Burden has not shown at Magasin 3 since 1999, one might expect a more comprehensive exhibition than this. What one instead encounters is a focus on select pieces that express the American artist’s interest in personal freedom and man’s desire to move freely without constraints – making the impossible possible through sheer will. More »

Katarina Löfström, Solo Exhibition

Katarina Löfström, A Void, 2013, image: Katarina Löfström

In Katarina Löfström’s third solo exhibition at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, one is cajoled by both the comfort of repetition and sensory parameters related to any given reality. Perception, after all, is adaptable and even, at times, restrained. Human beings are able to train themselves to hone attractive skills and master talents through trial and error. More »

Ulrik Samuelson, ”After Nature”

Ulrik Samuelson, Installation View, 2013, image: Lars Bohman Gallery

Though this exhibition—an interplay between paintings, installation, and sculpture—is Ulrik Samuelson’s first at the gallery, the Swedish artist has for decades made work with a distinctive style that also characterizes his public commission at the Kungsträdgården metro station. More »

”Beyond Good and Evil”

Søren Thilo Funder, Sal Paradise, 2012, image: Den Frie

”Beyond Good and Evil,” an exhibition named after Nietzsche’s philosophical treatise on phenomena such as how cultures lose sight of creativity and are responsible for their own demise, is part of the Copenhagen Arts Festival and shares its theme with other exhibitions, public artworks, performances, lectures, and screenings in the festival. It appears useful to slide between viewing this exhibition as both an end in itself and as a supplementary chapter of the festival’s thematic inquiry into “community.” More »

“(I)ndependent People”

Ulrika Sparre and Steingrímur Eyfjörð, The Leyline Project, 2012, image: Ulrika Sparre

Displaying collaborations and artist initiatives from twenty-nine collectives including some one hundred participants, “(I)ndependent People” works against the tendency of biennials to promote the lone artist. While no collective functions without individual will, the unmapped terrain between the solitary artist and artist group seems a primary theme here. More »