Public Space

Nationalmuseum joined forces with Jernhusen, a real-estate company, to create Public Space, an outdoor exhibition with reproductions of works of art from the museum’s collections posted on the hoardings adjacent to Stockholm Central Station.

View from Vattugränd towards Klara kyrka.

View from Klara Vattugränd towards Klara kyrka.

14 September – 31 December 2015

The exhibits were posted on the hoardings along Vasagatan, Klara Vattugränd and Klarabergsviadukten.

Cities are full of contradictions: Culture and commerce. Private and public. Community. Isolation. How have cities and our image of cities changed over time? Where is the boundary between communal and private? Taking various works of art as our starting point, the exhibition was you to reflect on questions concerning cities and public space.

Bring art to new audiences

The Nationalmuseum building on Blasieholmen is closed for renovations. Meanwhile, Jernhusen, a real-estate company, is redeveloping an entire city block in central Stockholm, close to the Central Station, for its Stockholm Continental project. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through this neighbourhood daily, and many of the businesses in the new development will be accessible to everyone. These two construction projects offer a golden opportunity to bring art to a new audience in an urban space instead of a museum.

Art to be seen on the hoardings

The outdoor exhibition Public Space was a joint project by Nationalmuseum and Jernhusen, in which the hoardings surrounding the construction site were decorated with reproductions of artworks. The original works can be found in Nationalmuseum’s collections. These were all works that may encourage the onlooker to reflect on the notion of public space – a space that we all are part of.

Public Space had four sub-themes:

Bordering on the Private presents interior scenes, the modern-day equivalent of which would be fly-on-the-wall reports.

Provocative or Proper? features works that, at various times, have been regarded as controversial exhibits – and perhaps still are.

Change or Preserve? consists mainly of Stockholm scenes, tying in with the contemporary debate regarding densification of the urban core.

Community and Anonymity highlights the opportunities that cities offer for togetherness, but also the scope for exclusion and anonymity, whether by choice or not, amid the hustle and bustle.

In all, 43 reproductions of paintings from Nationalmuseum’s collections were on display.


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Holmamiralens väg 2,
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 

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