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ArkDes opens in June in a new guise

The major Public Luxury initiative with specially produced works by some of Sweden’s most prominent architects, designers and artists, combined with the construction of the new Boxen exhibition space, reveals ArkDes’s new identity as a museum and an arena for debate and discussion about the architecture and design of the future.

“June 2018 will be an exciting month at ArkDes. It will feature the opening of Public Luxury, a diverse and cohesive exhibition with specially-produced pieces relating to ongoing discussions about architecture and design in our shared environments and the future of Swedish cities. We’ll also be opening the new Boxen exhibition space, a platform for new, experimental design and architecture, designed by the young firm of architects Dehlin Brattgård. In addition, we’ll be using the space outside the museum for installations, for example a dance floor that everyone is welcome to use and a series of exhibitions and workshops in partnership with Tensta Konsthall. There will be free entrance for everything, an element of our ambition to be a museum of international renown and a platform for the latest in Swedish architecture and design,” says Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes.
The new opening involves a renovation of ArkDes’s premises. As a consequence of this, ArkDes will close its exhibitions from 19 March until 31 May inclusive. The library will, however remain open as usual, and family Sundays will also continue as usual during the renovation period. This spring will also see the launch of a new multidisciplinary series of programmes – Planetary Protocols – in which invited thinkers and practitioners such as Beatriz Colomina, Kim Cook, Durga Chew-Bose and Cooking Sections will present their works and offer their perspectives on architecture, urbanism, design and identity.

What’s on at ArkDes in June

Public Luxury
1 June – 13 January
Experience new, experimental works about current social phenomena by some of Sweden’s most prominent architects, designers and artists. Through a number of large-scale works, installations and projects produced specifically for this exhibition, ArkDes shows how architecture and design in all their forms can be used as a tool to generate debate about and find solutions to the challenges facing Swedish society today.

The exhibition features, among other things:

  • The Rinkeby mosque, a new landmark for north-west Stockholm designed by the architect Johan Celsing. The proposed mosque not only provides Rinkeby’s Muslim population with suitable premises for prayer, the building also houses meeting places and educational premises. In Public Luxury, visitors will be able to move around beneath a full-scale model of one of the mosque’s 18 gilded cupolas.
  • The artist Jonas Dahlberg’s high-profile monument to the 22 July attacks on Utøya and in Oslo was stopped by the Norwegian government following pressure from those living near to the place where one part of the work was to be installed. The sad fate of the monument raises questions about whose voice should carry more weight: the 22 people who had it stopped or the entire nation that the monument was to be there for? For Public Luxury, Jonas Dahlberg has created a specific work for the exhibition dealing with the controversial monument and the debate surrounding it.
  • A dance floor is being installed on Exercisplan outside ArkDes, where anyone at all can connect their phone to the speakers and start dancing. Most venues for spontaneous sport that are built at present, such as skateboard and parkour parks, are used primarily by boys. The architects behind Dance Floor! (Anna Pang, Anna Fridolin and Teres Selberg) create public spaces for dance. Dance is a form of culture and exercise that appeals to people of all ages, especially young girls.

Curators: Kieran Long, Head Curator, Daniel Golling, Co-Curator, and Marie-Louise Richards, Assistant Curator.

Boxen – a new exhibition space
Opening 20 June
Boxen is a new exhibition space at ArkDes, a platform for new, experimental design and architecture. Boxen has been designed by Dehlin Brattgård Arkitekter.

The Model Archive
Opening 19 June
Discover the magical model archive of the Stockholm Urban Planning Authority through Malin Pettersson Öberg’s film The Model Archive. The exhibition, the first one to be held in ArkDes’s new Boxen exhibition space, is based on amazing film material that will provide the visitor with both a spatial and a tactile experience.