ACCEPTERA – a Swedish manifesto?
Acceptera (”Accept”), the book from 1931 that is regarded as the manifesto and “call to arms” of Swedish functionalism, has recently been published in a German edition, translated and annotated by the architectural historian Atli Seelow. We have assembled a panel of experts to discuss how Acceptera relates to the Bauhaus and German intellectual culture of the early 20th century.
Helena Kåberg, PhD and curator at Nationalmuseum, is one of the editors of the English translation of Acceptera, published in Modern Swedish Design: Three Founding Texts (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008).
Atli Magnus Seelow, Dr.-Ing., architect and architectural historian, docent at Chalmers and the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, has annotated and translated Acceptera to German – Akzeptiere. Das Buch und seine Geschichte (FAU University Press, Erlangen, 2018).
Sven-Olov Wallenstein, professor of philosophy at Södertörn University and co-author with Helena Mattsson of the book 1930/31 Den svenska modernismen vid vägskälet (“1930/31 Swedish Modernism at the Crossroads,” Axl Books, Stockholm, 2009), about the construction and uniqueness of Swedish modernism.
Moderator: Christina Pech, research coordinator at ArkDes.