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Porten by Åsa Jungnelius. Photo: Matti Östling/ArkDes

Porten by Åsa Jungnelius. Photo: Matti Östling/ArkDes

Public Luxury

Until 13 January 2019

Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers, in ArkDes' major exhibition for 2018, Public Luxury.

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Public Luxury is an exhibition about architecture, design and the struggle for public life. Large-scale commissions, installations and projects inside and outside of the museum will give visitors an insight into the struggles and successes of design as it faces many of the challenges currently facing Sweden. From hot dog kiosks to public monuments, and from video games to public campaigns, the works reflect the breadth of the contemporary debate about Swedish cities.

The title Public Luxury sounds like a contradiction, but recognizes that everything in the public realm exists for more than merely functional reasons. Every kerbstone, bench, bollard, station sign, public toilet and street is part of the character and identity of a place.

All the works in Public Luxury, many of which were made for the exhibition, share the ambition to tell a story about public life today. Architects and designers may not be able to change society, but nothing reveals how society is changing as clearly as architecture and design.

Participants include Dansbana! (Anna Pang, Anna Fridolin and Teres Selberg), Jonas Dahlberg, Sandi Hilal/DAAR, Johan Celsing, Hilda Hellström, Johannes Norlander, Åsa Jungnelius and Uglycute, among others.

Head curator: Kieran Long
Co-curator: Daniel Golling
Assistant curator: Marie-Louise Richards
Exhibition producer: Lena Landerberg
Exhibition designer: Nilsson Rahm Arkitekter
Graphic designer: Martin Frostner Studio/Europa

Images from the exhibition


Dansbana! ArkDes. Design: Dansbana!

Dansbana! ArkDes. Design: Dansbana!

Photo: Matti Östling/ ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling/ ArkDes

The village mosque.  A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes.  Modell in scale 1:1 Photo: Matti Östling/ ArkDes

The village mosque. A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes. Modell in scale 1:1 Photo: Matti Östling/ ArkDes

The village mosque.  A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes. Photo: Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor

The village mosque. A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes. Photo: Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor

The new Kiruna city hall Photo: Henning Larsen Architects

The new Kiruna city hall Photo: Henning Larsen Architects

The Kiruna city hall designed by Artur von Schmalensee is being demolished, but the clock tower by Bror Marklund is moved to the new Kiruna city hall. Photo: Fredric Alm

The Kiruna city hall designed by Artur von Schmalensee is being demolished, but the clock tower by Bror Marklund is moved to the new Kiruna city hall. Photo: Fredric Alm

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Wednesday

22 August


Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes: Erik Stenberg Introduces his Tensta Archive

12:00  


Tensta was planned and built over a ten-year period, concurrent with the same frame of time as the Million Dwelling Programme was being carried out. The general plan for the district was adopted in 1965 and the underground train was opened in 1975.

Since 1999, Stenberg has collected drawings, texts and other material from Tensta’s short history as a residential area in an attempt to understand the original ideas which have been obscured by generalisations about the Million Dwelling Programme as a whole. He has looked for specific details, viewing the built environment as constructed rather than planned and has discovered qualities and strengths to build further upon.


Thursday

23 August


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In English


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Friday

24 August


Tensta Museum: Walk on the Järva Field with Mats adelman and Ylva Westerlund

14:00  Meeting place Tensta Konsthall


Twice this summer, Ylva Westerlund and Mats adelman will lead guided walks in the nature area of the Järva Field where they will describe the biotope. The birds and other animals residing in the area will be mapped out for the participants to have an overview of.

The Järva Field is home to various species such as ravens, the green woodpecker, the northern goshawk, the common buzzard, the tawny owl, skylarks, stock doves, hares, foxes, and deers. The eurasian lynx, beavers, pine martens, white-tailed eagles, and rough-legged buzzards can at times be sighted as well.

The walk will take place in Granholmstoppen, Igelbäcken and in the area surrounding Eggeby farm. At Eggeby farm, Ylva Westerlund’s public art work Dream wasteland / En studieplats i skogskanten will be visited. The project was originally commissioned by Stockholm konst and Tensta konsthall in 2017, as a continuation of the exhibition The New Hird at Tensta konsthall.

The duration of the walk is 2–3 hours, please wear sturdy shoes.

Meeting place: Tensta konsthall. Free admission.


Saturday

25 August


Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes: tour

12:00  With Rasmus Sjöbeck


An introduction to Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

Tensta Museum is Tensta konsthall’s multiyear project about history and memory in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, seen through people living and working there as well as the location itself with its many physical layers. Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, and has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

In Swedish. Free admission.


Sunday

26 August


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

28 August


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

28 August


Debate: What is public luxury?

18:00  


Public Luxury is an exhibition about Sweden today, the challenges we face as a society and our common architecture and design. But what are the political visions for the public realm? Meet leading politicians from the city of Stockholm in a panel debate about our common urban environment and what we want the city to be.

What are the forces and ideologies that will shape the future of Stockholm? How do we create a safe and open city for everyone?

Participants: Jan Valeskog (S), Daniel Helldén (MP), Anna König Jerlmyr (M), Karin Ernlund (C) and Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes. Moderator: Sanna Rayman, Debate Editor of Dagens Samhälle.

In Aula ArkDes, 18.00.
Free admission. Limited seating. Doors open 17.45.


Wednesday

29 August


Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes: tour

12:00  With Hanna Nordell


An introduction to Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

Tensta Museum is Tensta konsthall’s multiyear project about history and memory in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, seen through people living and working there as well as the location itself with its many physical layers. Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, and has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

In Swedish. Free admission.


Thursday

30 August


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Friday

31 August


Arts and Literature walk in Tensta with Hanna Nordell

14:00  


Join us on an alternate walk through Tensta’s settlements, lookouts, and public spaces. 

In the Tensta subway, Helga Henschen conjures up an image of the 1970s using words like solidarity and sisterhood. When the poet Meron Mangasha makes a contemporary depiction of the same site, the metro’s blue line becomes the royal blood. On the adjacent Järvafältet, the Taikon family once upon a time set up their camp as illustrated in the childhood portrayal of the young Katitzi, furthermore Siri Derkert produced her last public art work at Gullingeskolan. Tensta emerges through a motley and interesting patchwork of literary and artistic narratives.

The tour will begin at Tensta konsthall. Free admission.


Sunday

2 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

4 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

6 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Saturday

8 September


Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes: tour

12:00  With Rasmus Sjöbeck


An introduction to Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

Tensta Museum is Tensta konsthall’s multiyear project about history and memory in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, seen through people living and working there as well as the location itself with its many physical layers. Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, and has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

In Swedish. Free admission.


Saturday

8 September


Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes: The Women’s Café

13:00  


As a part of Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes, Tensta konsthall’s Womens Café will conduct one of their handicraft cafés at ArkDes. The event is free of charge, and anyone is welcome to participate. There will be material to work with on site. 

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon, women from the Järva area meet at Tensta konsthall to work with different kinds of crafts. Through joint handiwork, a safe space is made possible where conversation and exchange of experience is at the center. The craftsmanship skills that women in the group already have is picked up and the teacher role alternates between the participants. This way, knowledge about techniques such as embroidery, jewelry making, knitting and crochet.

Participants also meet visiting artists and make monthly excursions to Stockholm’s various craft sites, museums, and organizations.

Women’s Café is a intimate venue free of constraints, costs, and commercial interests.

Meeting place: Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes.

Information: info@tenstakonsthall.se.

In collaboration with Hemslöjden, and The Women’s Center in Tensta-Hjulsta.


Sunday

9 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

11 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Wednesday

12 September


Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes: tour

12:00  With Didem Yildrim


An introduction to Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

Tensta Museum is Tensta konsthall’s multiyear project about history and memory in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, seen through people living and working there as well as the location itself with its many physical layers. Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, and has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

In Swedish. Free admission.


Thursday

13 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

16 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

18 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

20 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Saturday

22 September


Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes: tour

12:00  With Rasmus Sjöbeck


An introduction to Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

Tensta Museum is Tensta konsthall’s multiyear project about history and memory in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, seen through people living and working there as well as the location itself with its many physical layers. Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, and has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury.

In Swedish. Free admission.


Sunday

23 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

25 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

27 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

30 September


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

2 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

4 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

7 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

9 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

11 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

14 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

16 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

18 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

21 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

23 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

25 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

28 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

30 October


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

1 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

4 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

6 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

8 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

11 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

13 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

15 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

18 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

20 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

22 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

25 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

27 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

29 November


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

2 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

4 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

6 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

9 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

11 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

13 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

16 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

18 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

20 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

23 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

30 December


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

3 January


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

6 January


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Tuesday

8 January


Public Luxury: guided tour

17:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Thursday

10 January


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.


Sunday

13 January


Public Luxury: guided tour

12:00  In Swedish


Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers.

Free admission. No pre-registration.

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Read more about the exhibition

Public Luxury is an exhibition about architecture, design and the struggle for public life. Large-scale commissions, installations and projects inside and outside of the museum will give visitors an insight into the struggles and successes of design as it faces many of the challenges currently facing Sweden. From hot dog kiosks to public monuments, and from video games to public campaigns, the works reflect the breadth of the contemporary debate about Swedish cities.

The title Public Luxury sounds like a contradiction, but recognizes that everything in the public realm exists for more than merely functional reasons. Every kerbstone, bench, bollard, station sign, public toilet and street is part of the character and identity of a place.

All the works in Public Luxury, many of which were made for the exhibition, share the ambition to tell a story about public life today. Architects and designers may not be able to change society, but nothing reveals how society is changing as clearly as architecture and design.

Participants include Dansbana! (Anna Pang, Anna Fridolin and Teres Selberg), Jonas Dahlberg, Sandi Hilal/DAAR, Johan Celsing, Hilda Hellström, Johannes Norlander, Åsa Jungnelius and Uglycute, among others.

Head curator: Kieran Long
Co-curator: Daniel Golling
Assistant curator: Marie-Louise Richards
Exhibition producer: Lena Landerberg
Exhibition designer: Nilsson Rahm Arkitekter
Graphic designer: Martin Frostner Studio/Europa