Gävle Central Station
May 4–December 31, 207
Malmö Central Station,
March 17–May 31, 2017
Västerås Central station,
December 19, 2016–May 2017
Norrköping Central Station,
June 2, 2016–March 31, 2017
Culture and commerce. Private and public. Community. Isolation. Cities are full of contradictions. Public Space consists of reproductions of paintings in Nationalmuseum’s collections, printed on large banners and posted on the walls in railway stations around Sweden. Using various works of art as our starting point, we give you the opportunity to reflect on the issues concerning the city and public space.
Change or preserve? Urban space is constantly morphing. Technical advances and economic developments influence circumstances when cities are built. At the same time, ideas about what is worth preserving change. What some people perceive as modernisation, others see as uglification, void of historic value. What does your ideal city look like?
Provocative or proper? What can we accept in public places? Views on what is acceptable have shifted through history and among cultures. Violence, nudity, poverty, smoking, alcohol and emotional outbursts have been more or less permitted in different time periods. Here we display works that at various times have been regarded as controversial. How do we view them today?
Community and anonymity. The city. Crowded buses and bustling bars. A place for community and togetherness, but also exclusion and undesirable encounters. Who feels at home? Who is welcome? Who wants to hurry past as quickly as possible?
Bordering on the private. People showing off their homes to the public is nothing new. In the 18th century, the Swedish king fashionably invited guests to his bed chamber as he was being dressed. Today’s home decorating articles are matched by Carl Larsson’s 100-year-old paintings. He promoted both his art and home decorating ideals in books published around the world. Where do you draw the line between private and public?
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