Konstmuseet i Norr's exhibition Samla & visa (Collect & Display) examines the meanings and functions of collecting by starting from the art museum's own mission as a permanent and preserving institution within changing times. The exhibition provides an insight into the challenges that a museum of contemporary art faces in its work, and discusses how, what and why museums collect and display.
The exhibition includes not previously exhibited artworks from the museum's collection and three newly commissioned works.
The exhibition also asks what other collections and collectors are present in Norrbotten County and the Barents Region.
Parts of the exhibition will be completed on site in central Kiruna so that visitors can take part in the creative process. The exhibition will thus offer behind-the-scenes insight into all parts of the art museum's assignment.
ARTISTS & artworks
Matilda Kenttä was born and raised in Kiruna. In the autumn of 2020, she graduated from the TXT (textile) department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she is based.
In Kenttä's practice, weaving is central and a metaphor for women's work and a method of indulging in the time-consuming. The loom is an instrument for re-evaluating ideas about automated work, productivity and laziness.
In the artwork Sju omvävnader (Seven Re-weaves), Kenttä starts off by taking apart rag rugs collected from Kiruna's locals and, with the help of her loom, she puts them together into new stories, in a series of large-scale textile works.
The work is created publicly on Arent Grapegatan 27, in Kiruna’s city centre, Tue–Sat 10AM–6PM, March–June 2021, and will be shown in its completed state at Konstmuseet i Norr when the museum re-opens physically. You can follow the project in our digital channels.
Anders Kristensson has a degree in photography from Fotohögskolan in Gothenburg and is based in Malmö. He has worked as a photographer for 30 years. His interest in the people of Norrbotten and the sub-mountain landscape was sparked during a month-long portrait photography trip in the county in 1992. Since then he has regularly returned to Norrbotten to cover stories about the forest, the agriculture, the mines and the people of the sparsely populated areas.
SAMLANDE I NORRBOTTEN
In the project Samlande i Norrbotten (Collecting in Norrbotten), Kristensson creates a series of documentary photographs of collectors and collections in Norrbotten.
Kristensson's work with the project will be shown in our digital channels and the finished photographs will be exhibited at Konstmuseet i Norr when the museum re-opens.
Anastasia Savinova is an artist from Sverdlovsk and Samara in Russia who has lived and worked in Umeå, Sweden, since 2013. With a background in architecture and design, she uses a variety of artistic media in her creative process, where she experiments with shapes and materials.
WE SWIM IN ONE WATER / ACT IV, OCEAN BLUE
Savinova contributes to the exhibition with an installation in which she imagines a cabinet of curiosities of the future, consisting of new and strange creatures that have arisen after man impacted the natural order. The audience will see the creatures in Savinova’s cabinet of curiosities come to life and are invited to reflect on the taxonomy of the new species.
The work with the installation We Swim in One Water / Act IV, Ocean Blue is shown in our digital channels and the finished artwork will be exhibited at Konstmuseet i Norr when the museum re-opens.
FROM THE ART MUSEUM COLLECTION
New purchases and older artworks from the Konstmuseet i Norr's collection are presented in rounds and illustrate the various parts of an art museum's work and assignment. Artists represented in the art collection include:
Anders Sunna, Panu Ruotsalo & Helmi Remes, Lotta Kvist, Pilar de Burgos, Roger Metto & Lukas Göthman, Irja Bodén, Johan Bergström, Bolatta Silis-Høegh, Carola Grahn and Cooper & Gorfer.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the art museum's premises remain closed to visitors. The exhibition Samla & visa will therefore initially open digitally on 19 March. The art projects will be communicated partly via the art museum's digital channels and partly through an interactive art project that is carried out publicly in the city centre of Kiruna, following the guidelines for COVID-19 prevention.
Update: The exhibition opens in Kristallen on 17 August 2021.