Demolishing a (cultural) landmark
Kiruna’s old city hall doesn’t exist anymore. Built by the architect Arthur von Schmalensee and awarded the prestigious Kasper Salin Prize by the Swedish Association of Architects, the building that was once popularly known as “the living room of Kiruna” now lays in ruins, and eventually even the ground it once stood on will sink into the mine. The project to move the city of Kiruna awakens both emotions and questions. Which buildings should be preserved? What affect does it have on people when places and buildings that were central in their lives suddenly physically disappear? And to what extent should a city and its inhabitants be controlled by a state-owned company?
Discussion with author and journalist Po Tidholm and architect Ylva Frid. Moderated by Stina Oscarson. The discussion begins with the performance Iscensättning 1. Tal by Sara Lidman and Ingela Johansson, performed by Cecilia Nilsson. The conversation will be held in Swedish and take place in the exhibition Kiruna Forever, currently showing at ArkDes.
Information in light of COVID-19
ArkDes follows recommendations and regulations issued by the Swedish Public Health Agency in order to create a safe environment for all participants. To do that, we have an obligatory pre-registration system, restrict the number of participants and ensure there is a safe distance between participants throughout the duration of the programme. Of course, please stay at home if you feel unwell or experience the slightest symptoms, wash your hands often and keep a safe distance from others.