Crossing Borders –
a collaboration with Swedavia

Crossing Borders features contemporary photographic portraits of internationally celebrated Swedes who have challenged and crossed borders in a variety of ways. The exhibition is on view Aug 29 - Oct 31 at Umeå Airport.

Images: Image: Eric Broms, Zlatan Ibrahimović, 2011. Peter Cederling, Therese Alshammar, 1998. Hans Gedda, Anne Sofie von Otter, 2006. Images are cropped.

Images: Eric Broms, Zlatan Ibrahimović, 2011. Peter Cederling, Therese Alshammar, 1998. Hans Gedda, Anne Sofie von Otter, 2006. Images are cropped.

August 29 – October 31, 2014

Crossing Borders is part of a joint project between Nationalmuseum and Swedavia to show art at airports in Sweden. The exhibition is on show at Umeå Airport  The exhibition has previously been on show at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The exhibition is open to all, even those who are not traveling from the airport.

Fourteen works are presented in the exhibition at Umeå Airport. This is a selecetion of the works exhibited at Stockholm Arlanda Airpirt earlier this year. In Umeå, a portrait of the author Torgny Lindgren taken by photographer Hans Hammarskiöld, is also included. Lindgren was born in Raggsjö and has described life in the Västerbotten area in many of his novels.

Across Borders

An airport is where people who travel across borders meet. The exhibition comprises portraits of Swedes who work or have become famous outside Sweden: musicians, writers, diplomats, businessmen, athletes, inventors, actors and researchers.

Their work takes them away from Sweden and also across borders that are not only geographic. It may involve breaking a world swimming record or changing our views of global social changes.

For Nationalmuseum, this exhibition involves crossing a border, as the art will be on display in a venue it has never previously visited.

Different Impressions and Expressions

Several generations of photographers are represented, from Hans Gedda and Denise Grünstein to Sanna Sjöswärd and Magnus Laupa. They seek different forms of expression and inspiration from both advertising and fashion photography, as well as film and video. Sometimes this adds to the theatrical quality. The portraits are deliberately staged.

At the same time there are examples of intimacy and distance, close-ups and formal poses. Thomas Wågström’s portrait of the biochemist and inventor Petra Wadström was commissioned for this exhibition but the others have been produced in other contexts. All have been acquired by the Swedish National Portrait Gallery, which is managed by Nationalmuseum.

The Swedish National Portrait Gallery

The Swedish National Portrait Gallery has its main location at Gripsholm Castle and is the world’s oldest national portrait gallery. It contains over 4,600 portraits of prominent Swedes from the 16th century to the present day. These include a large number of royal personages, but also famous figures such as Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman and Dag Hammarskjöld.

Nationalmuseum is acquiring the works to be included in the exhibition as part of a concerted effort to increase the number of contemporary Swedish newsmakers represented in the portrait collection.

Hans Hammarskiöld, Porträtt av Torgny Lindgren.
Hans Hammarskiöld, Torgny Lindgren.

Joint Project with Swedavia

The exhibition is part of a joint project between Nationalmuseum and Swedavia to show art at airports in Sweden. It is also a part of Umeå- European Capital of Cutlure 2014.

Free Exhibition App

Download a free app with a guide to the exhibition. With this audio guide you can listen to commentary on the exhibition Crossing Borders – either when you are visiting it or later, by downloading the guide directly to your phone. Available for iPhone and Android. Search for Crossing Borders in the App Store or on Google Play, or scan the QR code below.

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