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Foto: © Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved.


Lee Miller – War and Fashion

September 8–March 4, 2018
Gallery 3

Who was Lee Miller? Undoubtedly a complex and extraordinary woman. After she died at the age of 70 in 1977, the wife of her son Antony Penrose found a hoard of pictures which Lee Miller had hidden away, repressed and ignored. She was recognised for her work as a war correspondent, photographically witnessing everything from the hell in the Nazi death camps to the liberation of Paris in 1944. In between, her life as a successful model, the muse of Surrealism, and Man Ray’s lover, was frequently in the media.

On the one hand a pragmatic, adventurous seeker of truth. On the other – according to conventional views – a (beautiful) source of inspiration for male artists. But Lee Miller was nobody’s belle, she was an independent, active woman, regardless of what she turned her attention to, be it the terrors of the Second World War or gourmet cooking.

She didn’t say much about her career as a fashion photographer, and neither did anyone else, since portrayals of war outshine narratives of fashion.  But nothing impacts on fashion as profoundly as wars. The destruction of war causes everyday situations that lead not only to change but also to renewal in fashion. Fashion is a litmus paper for its own era, revealing everything from social circumstances to ideas about the future.

This exhibition features several photographs that have never before been shown in public. The exhibition is produced by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

Guided tours on Sundays at 15:00 (in English)
December: 3/12, 17/12 & 31/12 (New Year's Eve – the gallery is open at 12–16)

In Swedish

Folk Music 2.0 – Swedish hip hop remixed

October 20–January 28, 2018
Gallery 5

If you look at pictures taken almost 35 years ago around Kulturhuset, Sergels torg, Kungsträdgården, Gallerian – it’s as if these places are changing every day. In the summers of 1983, 1984 and 1985, something new popped up on Sergels torg nearly every week. What happened? Hip hop happened.

Today, Swedish hip hop is not only a national phenomenon from Sápmi to Lund, but also an export and the subject of heated debate in the editorial pages and in parliament. But back in 1984, the epicentre of hip hop was Sergels torg, aka Plattan. The hip hop style exploded where the blue, green and red underground lines converged. The rest is history. Or rather: The rest is still to come, because hip hop culture is constantly remixed.

In the exhibition Folk Music 2.0 – Swedish hip hop remixed, Swedish 1980s hip hop meets the 21st century, showing the inherent versatility of hip hop culture. Before hip hop was established, there were no rules; today, when music rules YouTube and Spotify, the rules are rewritten by the hour. At Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, a few of Sweden’s most intriguing young creators, directors and artists give their take on some of the most popular tracks from the Swedish hip hop canon.

Their interpretations are works in their own right, physical remixes that convey the story of a culture in perpetual evolution.

The works in Folk Music 2.0 – Swedish hip hop remixed give an overview of a dazzlingly vibrant arts scene, a popular expression that has perhaps changed Sweden more than any other over the past decades. The music, the language, the style – but also the way hip hop has become a forum for new voices and issues of identity and politics – have made it into a force unparalleled since punk.

The exhibition features the most influential Swedish hip hop tracks ever, selected by an artistic team from the hip hop scene. The music is presented in installations, often with video as the main medium: From Neneh Cherry’s top-ten classics, via Mapei’s underground club hits, to Erik Lundin’s nationally acclaimed anthem, "Suedi".

Get over here, remix in progress.

A selection of the songs and artists featured in the exhibition.

Guided tours on Sundays at 15:00 (in English) 
November: 12/11
December: 10/12

In Swedish