17 June - 17 September 2017
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
This summer, Moderna Museet is featuring a major solo exhibition with the Swedish artist Marie-Louise Ekman. The exhibition includes nearly 350 works from the late 1960s until today, by an artist who for five decades has alternated freely between painting, sculpture, film and drama.
In Marie-Louise Ekman’s idiosyncratic oeuvre, characters are repeated in scenes where roles and relationships shift. The pictures, which are often based on personal experience, undermine social constructions and reveal our absurd everyday constructions, with the theatre as a recurring metaphor. In rooms covered with floral wallpaper, dreams, passions and disappointments are enacted in a heightened reality. Positions of strength and weakness are overturned, and Picasso’s female figures meet Daisy Duck.
Marie-Louise Ekman, Dam och tapet, 1973 © Marie-Louise Ekman / Bildupphovsrätt 2017
“Marie-Louise Ekman has created art for over half a century, yet she feels more relevant today than ever. No other Swedish artist moves so naturally between the artistic disciplines. She is a total artist,” says Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet.