Yesterday I visited Malmö Konsthall (Art Gallery). It was a spontaneous visit after having read that the Art Gallery was having an exhibition of selected works from their permanent collection. I think it is interesting to what different institutions go for. What they invest in. Some of the works are of course donated, but a large amount are bought, deliberately chosen as an investment for the future. It’s fascinating to look at when things were bought and what is considered of interest/cultural heritage/an investment.
The exhibition was inspiring. It was nicely arranged and even if it felt like you were almost bombarded by impressions and ideas it didn’t feel overwhelming. I thought it was a smart choice. Appropriate level of crowdpleasers and flagposts to attract the masses such as Warhole and Goldin and there were some gems which I recall from my childhood such as work by Anders Tonborg. Former Gallerist in Lund.
It was especially nice to see so many different ideas juxtaposed – without any apparent theme. I love seeing a collection taken out of its original context such as other works by the same author. It is way more interesting to see a work of art in isolation and read what it communicates in itself rather than what in its’ relation to the artists life or body of work.
I was particularly inspired by the work of Richard Long lying there on the floor. It was amazing. It awoke many different feelings of both beautiful and ugly natures depending on how you view it. At which distance for example. And you read it differently depending on if you see it from far away and are drawn towards it or if, quite literally, you stumble upon it.
It is a work donated by the couple Schyl. They obviously didn’t just have extraordinary taste, but also lots of room at home!
I often think that the practicalities of a piece of work are interesting to reflect upon. Are those stones arranged exactly in the same positions every time?
Malmö Konsthall is a grateful place to exhibit. There is plenty of natural light and even if it’s actually one big room there is a feeling of entering difference spaces and departments.
Your direction you choose to orientate yourself around the gallery becomes personal. It feels like you are walking around the way you’re meant to, but everyone walks a different way and views the pieces of work in different orders.
I really appreciate that as your journey doesn’t just become personal and stimulates conversation afterwards, but you also have physical space and won’t get stuck behind a someone who needs more time to take things in.
I might also add that the lunch in the restaurant was lovely and incredibly affordable.
On the way over to Triangelns tube I encountered an unmounted concrete staircase. I have never seen a staircase lying about like that!