Friday, March 4, 2016

Hanna Jedvik: Gothenburg is no art city, alas! – Göteborgs-Posten

Is art city of Gothenburg? And how is it in this case? Today begins GP’s cultural and entertainment editors to look at Gothenburg as art city from different perspectives. First on the culture pages Hanna Jedvik Noting that while the art exhibitions in Stockholm, this boiling does not take the train to Gothenburg to be stirred and touched. “Gothenburg is no art city.”

The city of Gothenburg Art. Taste the words. Art City. Gothenburg. It gives a guess not many associations in the average consumer culture in the kingdom’s second city. Concepts such as Music City of Gothenburg sounds familiar to the ears of both västkustbor as locals, since nowhere more or less famous pops orchestras and artists have put Sweden and the world at his feet. Add then events Way out West and venues as Nefertiti, Concert Hall, Jazz Hall, Pustervik and Sticky Fingers. Or indeed that big sports arena as an evening in June can be filled with 69 000 people and a sing-along that never wants to end.

Back to the City of Arts Gothenburg. Perhaps you’re thinking that now reads at an enthroned yellow brick building at the top of the Avenue. For some of the city’s inhabitants are Gothenburg Museum more known for its facade where Göteborg Christmas projected in the December darkness than for its artistic and historical content.

However, there is one inside. Although many do not come anymore into the house than the Hasselblad Center, which was built while the entrance doors with their gates of bronze and iron, designed by artist Pål Svensson in 1996, was put into the ground for the arts would come closer to its citizens. Whoever then climb the winding stairs can enjoy a considerable amount of artwork in the form of mainly paintings and sculptures from 1400- onwards. Although there is space for contemporary art in the recent exhibition catalogs, currently represented by, for example, the Finnish photographer Esko Männikös exhibition Time flies . But mainly it is the history of art at the heart of the Art Museum.

How is it then to the contemporary art? I talk to people I meet in different contexts. What are they thinking about Gothenburg as art city? The majority noted that they never or rarely see any exhibitions in Gothenburg. There tend to be the most that you check out the Hasselblad Prize Laureate, is a quick I get the consumers of culture that I ask in my vicinity. But I met also by some measure of disappointment when it comes to breadth and range once it is bigger names in the news.

A Saturday in in January, it is quite a lot of people inside the Hasselblad Center when I was strolling around among the Hasselblad Laureate Wolfgang Tillmans hard and documentary images from a seedy Berlin. Upphäftade photos on the wall seemingly without much fuss. Inside the dark in the video room crammed on a bench to take Tillman’s evocative film where image and music become one unit. A fairly large crowd pressure is also in the collection of portraits in the Art Museum’s exhibition Olof Sager-Nelson and his contemporaries . Maybe it’s because it is on this day is free entry during Culture Night. Maybe not. Now Gothenburg artist Annika von Hausswolff moved in instead. And that’s refreshing.

When I talk to artists sketched a similar picture emerges. Resignation. There’s nothing for artists in Gothenburg. At least not when it comes to the larger institutions, most seem to agree. Inside the Gothenburg Art Hall, which will be the city’s arena for contemporary art, it has long echoed desolately empty in anticipation of the spring exhibition signed Magnus Bärtås, who had the opening of the day. There is nothing strange in itself, it has been the construction time period.

What’s the more remarkable is that the Art Hall echoes even in the broader sense. Occasional gleams with exhibitions we remember and who dare to put Gothenburg on the art map, but often goes a lot beyond what the institution of the outdated building engaged. Lately there have been so-called participants driven activity which, in the form of a printing workshop and various workshops.

Since a long time it has been clear that the Kunsthalle have to move, not least because the Hasselblad Center should be in there. And its director Michael Nanfeldt even elect culture Strategic Officer of the municipality, has stated that it needs new premises in order to perform its duties in terms of contemporary art. A process that has been ongoing for the past five years. Meanwhile, it appears that the visions of what the Kunsthalle really should accommodate absent.

It may sound hard, as if I that is not even art critics to sit here and say Gothenburg as a city of art at the ankles. Then it may be appropriate to point out that this has been done by others before me. In a panel discussion about art city of Gothenburg during the Culture Festival, in association Adas directing, gathered a collection of knowledgeable people so that Elin Wikström, artist and principal at Gothenburg Art School, Kjell Caminha, Benny Cruz, Britta Kleberg, and Omid Delafrouz – all of artists with different approaches and experiences. Worthless was the unanimous opinion of the panel and the audience, according to a summary of Ada’s website where further writes:

Self Centered, stressed, introverted, superficial, anxious and tired. Low self-esteem. Very arenas for sports even though more usually art and culture. Gothenburg is no art city, but there is hope – but it is a lengthy process that begins at the grassroots level. The city lacks a nerve – it needed more conflict and discussion. Open up studios and workshops, going to art openings and talk about just the art (and not the weather). Replace any that maintain large institutions and educate decision-makers in the arts. “

While in Stockholm: artist Makode Linde is opening for its svårbetitlade exhibition at Kulturhuset. When I begin to write this text hails posts from the artist himself and many others in Facebookeventetet The Negro king’s return – OPENING! , created by Makode Linde.

His exhibition was followed by an extensive debate . The tours were before Marianne Lindberg De Geer to resign as art manager at Kulturhuset, then the anti-racist commentators raged. Just so this should contemporary work – it will be touch and excite. Last fall, you could see Anna Odell works Unknown Woman in the same cultural center and I have grämt me that I never managed to get there. And in Borås Art Museum is currently showing the exhibition publicized El hombre elastico by Peter Johansson.

Whenever I travel to Stockholm, I try to catch at least one art experience. At times, I plan my trips even after that. In recent years I have seen exhibitions and Cindy Sherman, Louise Bourgeois and Nils Dardel at the Museum of Modern Art. I was hoping until the last moment to catch up with Francesca Woodman that I wanted so much to see, but the moment was me, unfortunately, out of the hands of different reasons.

Photographic I have visited the exhibitions signed Anders Petersen, Sally Mann, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibowitz, and a couple more. I’ve seen Carl Johan de Geer at Prince Eugen Waldemarsudde and I have missed a lot more than what I have been able to take part in the royal capital.

I’ve been to Berlin specifically to see David Bowie ice at the Martin-Gropius Bau and been taken by storm by the British-German artist Tino Sehgal at the museum this summer. Of all these exhibitions that echoes in the rest of the country and the world are, in principle, none of them in Gothenburg. And when the Art Museum tackles the great artist is rarely an extent that impress or get others to recommend me a visit. It is true that I took with great enthusiasm an exhibition of Kraftwerk Röhss last spring. Right now is also the Lisa Larsson – six decades of pottery a certain allure. Similarly, the Red Sten Konsthall exhibition Tidvågor by the Finnish artist duo View Suonpää and Patrick Soderlund. But they would get me utomsocknes to travel here? Hardly.

It is something that made me when I try to express myself about Art City of Gothenburg. It is troublesome meaningless. Not even the World Culture Museum, which will appeal to a young audience, managing to keep pace with time and catch me. With a few exceptions, including Jens Assur’s photo exhibition Africa is a great country is.

All this gloom despite teeming with life, enthusiasm and a fervent commitment of the artist dresses. In early January, I visit Performencedagarna, Festival13, Konstepidemin. Outside the burning fires which brings with it a whiff of warm shelter in the premises filled by artistic performances of various kinds for two days. The festival is organized by the Gallery Art epidemic by Anna Carlson and Jill Lindstrom and is a clear example of the artist run art scene in Gothenburg at its best.

Another similar example, Gallery 54, also initiated and maintained by professional artists in order to show art that is not commercially viable. Likewise Gallery Box a few meters away on Citadel Street. When I return to Konstepidemin few weeks later I caught in the boiler room of the exhibition Shift & amp; Oro by Kristina Meiton and Monne Lindström. Even a few private galleries have a commitment beyond the price tags, which Thomassen and Mother’s Beanie is perhaps the most obvious examples.

So how can the Gothenburg who, besides two independent art schools, also houses the Academy of Fine Arts with education in fine arts at bachelor, master and master’s level, not taking better care of local, national and international artists? Suffice hardly a biennial biennial almost exclusively external artists from the rest of Sweden and abroad.

It hardly helps The Art Gallery is moving to new insolent premises as long as the vision of a seamless art city seems so monumentally absent. As long as no exhibition attracts art and culture enthusiasts, and art experiences is unusual among the city’s inhabitants are Gothenburg art town only a dream to quietly pray. And as long as the artists trained in this city is almost entirely dependent on private galleries and their own initiatives, it will rattle the plot continues every time someone breathes on Art City of Gothenburg.


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