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Why Exhibit?

Date: Friday 27 November 2009
Time: 3-6 pm
Place: the Project Room, Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor

How can the artist experiment with the exhibition as a medium, as production of (a) subjective and collective space of meaning, when images, books, websites, time based media and events seem to fulfill the expectations and desires of a contemporary information-flow society in more appropriate ways? And how does the exhibition relate to the demands of a globally distributed art production?

Iaspis has, together with Stockholm-based artist and Professor Hinrich Sachs, invited a small number of artists, curators and critics with practices that reflect on the exhibition as format, as well as the exhibition as a space for production of subjectivity, knowledge and interpretation.  We want to explore the exhibition as form in relation to a contemporary situation where specific perspectives behind exhibitions often are ignored or left behind in favor of cultural agendas. Agendas defined by entertainment value, educational theme-orientation, managerial ideologies or other institutional logics.

In order to set off a productive conversation in a studio-talk-ambiance, rather than a panel setting, a small number of key-speakers will present individual reflections during the day, sharing their personal take on how they work with and think about the exhibition as a format today.


Anselm Franke, writer and curator, director of Extra City, Antwerpen
Matts Leiderstam, artist, Stockholm
Hinrich Sachs, artist and writer, Basel/Stockholm
Milou Allerholm, critic and freelance writer, Stockholm
Cecilia Widenheim, director of Iaspis

“Agents provocateurs“: 
Edwin Janssens, artist, Edinburgh
Barnaby Drabble, curator, Zürich
Philippe Pirotte, director of Kunsthalle Bern

Artistic intervention by Carl Palm, artist in residence at Iaspis, autumn 2009


Anselm Franke
“A Theatre Without Subjects, or, What Happens to the Third House?”

- A presentation that discusses the ongoing transformation of the implicit scripts of the institutional exhibition in the light of its position within the 'modern constitution' (B. Latour)
Anselm Franke lives in Brussels, Belgium. He is director of the Extra City Centre for Contemporary Art in Antwerp. Curatorial projects include Territories  (Berlin, Malmö, Stockholm, New York, Tel Aviv/Ramallah, Rotterdam, 2003-2005) No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs At Night  (Berlin, Antwerpen, 2006-2007),  Mimétisme (Extra City, 2008), and Manifesta 7: The Soul, Or, Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls, Trento, Italy, 2008 (with Hila Peleg). He has worked at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin and frequently organized projects in theaters experimenting with formats of public presentations. He co-founded, co-curates and advises the Forum Expanded of the International Film Festival Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Peter Friedl, Smadar Dreyfus and Guy Tillim and an exhibition of the drawings of Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.
Franke writes for several magazines, such as Grey Room, Pictogram and Metropolis M, and is a guest lecturer at the ao HISK, Ghent and the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. He is currently writing a PhD at Goldsmiths College London.

Hinrich Sachs
” A few thoughts on a parallel development: artists who create exhibitions”

Hinrich Sachs is an artist and a writer born in Osnabrück, Germany, since 1999 he lives in Basel, Switzerland. Since 2007 he is professor of Fine Art at The Royal University College of Fine Arts  in Stockholm.

Projects and exhibitions include A Fantasy for Allan Kaprow, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt (2009), Say it isn’t so, Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany (2007) and Black Market Worlds at Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, LIT, and ICA in London (2005). He has exhibited in venues such as the Luckman Gallery in Los Angeles, Marres Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Contemporary Art Center Riga, Kunsthalle Basel and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Selected texts comprise Moving. Prospects for a Myth of the Modern, in: An Invention of Allan Kaprow for the Moment, ed. Pirotte/Oeghoede, Kunsthalle Bern, 2009, Hydra, the Chicken and the Egg in Goldin+Senneby: Headless, ed.Burke/Goldin+Senneby, The Powerplant, Toronto and Copyright zu versteigern in: dérive, Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, Heft 23, Vienna, 2006.

Matts Leiderstam
In conversation with Cecilia Widenheim, director Iaspis

Matts Leiderstam was born in Gothenburg, lives and works in Stockholm. He holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Malmö Art Academy. He has an extensive teaching experience, has exhibited in various international contexts and has an extensive biography.

Leiderstams most recent exhibitions comprise Gallery Kalhama & Piippo, Helsinki and Salon muzeja savremene umetnosti /Salon Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (2008),  Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2007) He has had solo shows at a.o. Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, DCA – Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall and Minetta Brook at Cedar Grove, The Thomas Cole, National Historic Site, Catskill NY. Recent group shows include The Mountain Show, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, Seen, Unseen, Scene, Centré d’Art Passerelle, Brest, The Third Guangzhou Triennial – Farwell to Post-Colonialism, Guangzhou, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel.

Milou Allerholm
“The Exhibition”

Milou Allerholm is a free lance writer and art critic in Dagens Nyheter.
She is currently a lecturer in art history at The Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm and at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.

Jonatan Habib Engqvist, project manager


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Photo: Jean Baptiste Beranger 

Cecilia Weidenheim introducing Carl Palm´s artistic intervention.

Photo: Jean Baptiste Beranger 

Anselm Franke

Photo: Jean Baptiste Beranger 

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