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Illustration: Jesper Waldersten
Foto: © Astrid Lindgren/Jesper Waldersten/Astrid Lindgren Aktiebolag

Exhibitions

The Brothers Lionheart Astrid Lindgren Jesper Waldersten

May 25–September 16, 2018
Gallery 5

Crusty is sick and is about to die. Crusty is afraid, and to comfort him his big brother Jonatan tells him about Nangijala, the paradise where people go when they die. Here, Crusty and Jonatan will meet again. "But you could live until you’re 90!" Crusty protests. But Jonatan tells him that 90 years in Nangijala feels like two days on earth.

But it’s Jonatan, not Crusty who has to wait in Nangijala. A fire breaks out in their house, and Jonatan sacrifices his life to rescue Crusty. Shortly after, Crusty also goes to Nangijala, and the two brothers Lionheart are reunited in the Cherry Valley. But Nangijala is not all idyll. The nearby Thorn Rose Valley has been invaded by the evil Tengil, and the people there are tormented by his soldiers. Those who dare rebel against Tengil are thrown in the Katla cave, to be eaten by Tengil’s cruel dragon Katla.

Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart, from 1973, is a story about the battle between good and evil. Together, Jonatan and Crusty fight for the victory of good, and this turns out to be a battle of life and death, against repression and tyranny, for freedom and love. This classic book is now being published in a new edition, with dark and bright illustrations by the artist Jesper Waldersten that give a new, deeper resonance to Astrid Lindgren’s story about The Brothers Lionheart. "You should never be too explicit. Never too in your face, so to speak. So my images convey the gut feeling and the heart of the matter. That’s what I think Astrid wanted them to do. And to sow a seed," says Jesper Waldersten.

In the exhibition The Brothers Lionheart Astrid Lindgren Jesper Waldersten, kids and grown-ups meet the characters of the story and experience the balance between good and evil, black and white. It gives us opportunities to think about things like death, and why we sometimes feel like a piece of dirt. Welcome to an exhibition about love, hate, sorrow, solidarity, oppression, and the difficulty of being human.

The exhibition was produced by Kulturhuset City Theatre, with material from Jesper Waldersten and Astrid Lindgren Aktiebolag. 

Guided tours at. 15:00 on Sundays (in English)

June: 24/6
July: 8/7
August: 12/8, 19/8 & 26/8
September: 9/9 & 16/9

In Swedish

Being Alexander Lervik, designer

April 6–August 5, 2018
Gallery 3


Foto: Helén Pe

Being Alexander Lervik, designer is the major design exhibition at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in 2018, opening April 6. Alexander Lervik, based in Stockholm and with the world as his workplace, is celebrating 20 years in his profession.

Humour, innovation, passion, rebellion and intensity. With his conceptual approach, new inventions and unexpected collaborations, Alexander Lervik has developed a unique formal idiom.

The exhibition Being Alexander Lervik, designer is the first presentation of Alexander Lervik’s entire output, featuring more than 200 items. Here, we enter a world of functional and often surreal objects, such as handles that help you find your way home, and chairs that are seemingly impossible to sit on. Objects created with the ambition to prompt new experiences, impressions and uses.

"I love innovations! My favourite magazine is [the popular science magazine] Forskning & Framsteg, and get a buzz from finding new solutions within the fields where I work", says Alexander Lervik.

Guided tours at. 15:00 on Sundays (in English)

July: 1/7 & 15/7 

About Alexander Lervik

Alexander Lervik (b. 1972) has been a product designer for 20 years. He works with some of Sweden’s and the world’s top producers in design, including Designhouse Stockholm, Ateljé Lyktan, Johanson Design, Skandiform, Adea in Finland and Moroso in Italy. He studied at Beckmans College of Design.

The exhibition is produced by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

In Swedish

VIDEO ART IN PLATTAN

IN RELATION TO THE EXHIBITIONS OF ALEXANDER LERVIK AND JESPER WALDERSTEN

April 21–August 16, 2018
Plattan (Lower Ground Floor)


Inner Pond, 2003. Lina Selander

In connection with the exhibitions this spring in Gallery 3 and Gallery 5, Being Alexander Lervik, Designer, and The Brothers Lionheart Jesper Waldersten Astrid Lindgren, we are showing video-based works relating to their thematical contents – stories, fairy tales, architecture and everyday objects.

The video works stretch from early abstract experiments, to how the messages in advertising for basic everyday shopping affect our lives. But also how one of the most useful pieces of home furniture, the chair, has its own life, portrayed in the video as a picture of ourselves. Lina Selander’s suggestive projection on the floor sets triggers imagination and playfulness and lends itself to contemplation and exploration by our youngest visitors.

In relation to Jesper Waldersten’s new interpretation of Astrid Lindgren’s book The Brothers Lionheart in Gallery 5, the video comment on contemporary stories and memories. We encounter the hard-working maid in the wealthy 1930s household, with a new-fangled AGA cooker, and the cricket Gunnar, who wants to be accepted for who he is and eventually finds a way thanks to an unexpected encounter. And a slice of nature in the form of spruce and pine that slowly floats past the viewer, as thoughts and memories fade away.

Diagonalsymfonin, 1924
Viking Eggeling                           
8:00, stum        

Sparloop, 2000–2002
Gunilla Klingberg                        
11:30 min, stum

Happy Days, 2015
Daniel Westlund                        
3:17, ljud

Granar och tallar, 2009
Lars Hedelin                                
5:14, stum

…nästan som en i familjen, 2007
Astrid Göransson                       
10:16, ljud

Vem är Gunnar? – en könslig historia, 2004
Tilda Lovell                                  
5:00 min, ljud

Inner Pond, 2003
Lina Selander                               
6 min loop, ljud, projektion på golvet

In Swedish

ROBERT DOISNEAU – the poet of the Paris suburb

September 7–November 25, 2018
Gallery 5


Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville, Paris 1950
Robert Doisneau © Atelier Robert Doisneau

For many years, Robert Doisneau (1912–1994) has been regarded as the portrayer par excellence of mid-20th century picturesque Parisian life. He is the visual genius who captured those simple fleeting moments of beauty that could convey a whole story.

After the Second World War, Doisneau began working for the image agency Rapho. Photo journalism was booming; photographers took on a new role, and he was able to make photography his occupation, his craft.

Even if Doisneau primarily worked on assignments, he was always looking for momentary scenes to capture. Like when the couple in La Baiser de l’hôtel de ville (1950) were asked by the shy Doisneau if he could photograph them after seeing them kiss in a Paris street. The embrace was arranged, but the kiss was authentic.  

Doisneau later became a freelance photographer, and he had plenty of opportunities to portray many artists and writers and night life in Paris. But he lived in the suburbs, and these "abandoned areas with their grey-green vacant lots" remained his favourite setting. This was his true habitat, in the anthropological sense, far from any picture postcard aesthetics.

With tenderness, Doisneau photographed the hidden life of Parisians and saw himself in the pictures he took. In the raw, banlieue environment, he built his own scene, giving a setting, light, narrative and poetic aura and finely-tuned melancholia to the most quotidian reality. And these are the pictures that are the core of Doisneau’s oeuvre.

Robert Doisneau – The Poet of the Paris Suburb is the first exhibition in Sweden featuring his photography.

The exhibition is produced by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and diChroma Photography, Madrid.

In Swedish