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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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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.


Wednesday

17 October


Tensta Museum Branch: Introduction

13:00  


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

Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, which has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury, which will stay open until 13.1 2019. Born out of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden (2013/2014), Tensta Museum has since continued at the konsthall and beyond in the form of a programme focusing on local history and memory, while looking forward and proposing future scenarios for the suburb.

The introductions are held by Tensta konsthall’s team.


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.


Friday

19 October


Tensta Museum Branch: Arts and Literature walk with Makda Embaie

14:00  The tour begins at Tensta Konsthall


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

The art in Tensta is an unknown story for many, although there is a wonderful treasure that draws a motley and interesting patchwork of artistic and literary narratives. Tensta was home to Lena Andersson as she grew up, as well as Kurdistan’s most famous poet, Sherko Bekas, during the 80s and 90s.

In Tensta’s subway, Helga Henschen illustrated the 70s with words such as ‘solidarity’ and a focus on sisterhood. You can see Olof Hellström’s childhood sculptures in Silverpilsparken and Siri Derkert’s last monumental work, a tribute to environmental peace and women warriors, at the school yard of Gullingeskolan.

The tour will begin at Tensta konsthall.


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


Autumn break: Build furniture for the city!

13:00  


How would you choose to develop the city? Design and build new furniture to create spaces which everyone can enjoy.

We’ll take inspiration from our exhibition Public Luxury, and build models. For children aged 4 to 12.

Free tickets are available from the information desk when the museum opens. Be in time so you don’t miss the presentation! Limited availability.


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.


Wednesday

31 October


Tensta Museum Branch: Introduction

13:00  


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

Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, which has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury, which will stay open until 13.1 2019. Born out of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden (2013/2014), Tensta Museum has since continued at the konsthall and beyond in the form of a programme focusing on local history and memory, while looking forward and proposing future scenarios for the suburb.

The introductions are held by Tensta konsthall’s team.


Wednesday

31 October


Autumn break: Build furniture for the city!

13:00  


How would you choose to develop the city? Design and build new furniture to create spaces which everyone can enjoy.

We’ll take inspiration from our exhibition Public Luxury, and build models. For children aged 4 to 12.

Free tickets are available from the information desk when the museum opens. Be in time so you don’t miss the presentation! Limited availability.


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.


Thursday

1 November


Autumn break: Build furniture for the city!

13:00  


How would you choose to develop the city? Design and build new furniture to create spaces which everyone can enjoy.

We’ll take inspiration from our exhibition Public Luxury, and build models. For children aged 4 to 12.

Free tickets are available from the information desk when the museum opens. Be in time so you don’t miss the presentation! Limited availability.


Friday

2 November


Autumn break: Build furniture for the city!

13:00  


How would you choose to develop the city? Design and build new furniture to create spaces which everyone can enjoy.

We’ll take inspiration from our exhibition Public Luxury, and build models. For children aged 4 to 12.

Free tickets are available from the information desk when the museum opens. Be in time so you don’t miss the presentation! Limited availability.


Saturday

3 November


Autumn break: Build furniture for the city!

13:00  


How would you choose to develop the city? Design and build new furniture to create spaces which everyone can enjoy.

We’ll take inspiration from our exhibition Public Luxury, and build models. For children aged 4 to 12.

Free tickets are available from the information desk when the museum opens. Be in time so you don’t miss the presentation! Limited availability.


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.


Sunday

4 November


Autumn break: Build furniture for the city!

13:00  


How would you choose to develop the city? Design and build new furniture to create spaces which everyone can enjoy.

We’ll take inspiration from our exhibition Public Luxury, and build models. For children aged 4 to 12.

Free tickets are available from the information desk when the museum opens. Be in time so you don’t miss the presentation! Limited availability.


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


Tensta Museums Branch: Book release

17:00  


Writings, Conversations, Scripts is the first survey of text works by Ane Hjort Guttu published in an English and Norwegian edition. A selection of text works from the publication in the form of readings and a moderated conversation.

Written between 2003 and 2018, the texts range from public statements, poetic short prose, and film scripts to reflections on the role of the artist and essays on art for children. With a special focus on the significance of ‘image-text constellations’, this anthology, edited by curator Rike Frank and designed by HIT, suggests connections between artistic writing and curatorial publishing.

This evening presents a selection of text works from the publication in the form of readings, a moderated conversation on the role of accessible language and art in Ane Hjort Guttu’s writings, as well as a guest contribution.


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.


Tuesday

13 November


Tensta Museum Branch: What Does a Museum Do?

18:00  


Design and craft theoretician Christina Zetterlund discusses the functions of museums, both real and fictional, with ArkDes director Kieran Long and Maria Lind, Director Tensta konsthall. On the occasion of Tensta Museum Branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxu


Wednesday

14 November


Tensta Museum Branch: Introduction

13:00  


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

Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, which has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury, which will stay open until 13.1 2019. Born out of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden (2013/2014), Tensta Museum has since continued at the konsthall and beyond in the form of a programme focusing on local history and memory, while looking forward and proposing future scenarios for the suburb.

The introductions are held by Tensta konsthall’s team.


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.


Tuesday

20 November


Panel discussion: Folkhemmet – and then what?

18:00  


Folkhemmet was both a political vision and a story with the ambition to embrace the entire Swedish society and all its citizens. What does that look like today? Conversation about the role of architecture and design as a unifying force.

What stories, buildings and places can we all gather/unite around today? Participating in a discussion about the role of architecture and design as a unifying force in an increasingly heterogeneous society are Lena Andersson (writer), Åsa Linderborg (historian and culture editor at Aftonbladet) and Helena Mattsson (professor in architectural history and theory, KTH).

Moderator: Daniel Golling

I Aula ArkDes.
Free admission. Limited seating. Doors open 17.45. The panel discussion starts at 18.


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.


Wednesday

28 November


Tensta Museum Branch: Introduction

13:00  


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

Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, which has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury, which will stay open until 13.1 2019. Born out of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden (2013/2014), Tensta Museum has since continued at the konsthall and beyond in the form of a programme focusing on local history and memory, while looking forward and proposing future scenarios for the suburb.

The introductions are held by Tensta konsthall’s team.


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.


Wednesday

12 December


Tensta Museum Branch: Introduction

13:00  


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

Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, which has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury, which will stay open until 13.1 2019. Born out of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden (2013/2014), Tensta Museum has since continued at the konsthall and beyond in the form of a programme focusing on local history and memory, while looking forward and proposing future scenarios for the suburb.

The introductions are held by Tensta konsthall’s team.


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.


Wednesday

9 January


Tensta Museum Branch: Introduction

13:00  


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

Tensta Museum is the art centre “playing museum”, which has now opened a branch at ArkDes, as part of the exhibition Public Luxury, which will stay open until 13.1 2019. Born out of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden (2013/2014), Tensta Museum has since continued at the konsthall and beyond in the form of a programme focusing on local history and memory, while looking forward and proposing future scenarios for the suburb.

The introductions are held by Tensta konsthall’s team.


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