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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.

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


Photo: Johan Dehlin

Photo: Johan Dehlin

The village mosque.  A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes.  Model in scale 1:1 Photo: Johan Dehlin

The village mosque. A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes. Model in scale 1:1 Photo: Johan Dehlin

The village mosque.  A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes.  Model in scale 1:1 Photo: Johan Dehlin

The village mosque. A new mosque is to be built. It will have 18 domes. Model in scale 1:1 Photo: Johan Dehlin

A collective memory. Sculpture Dead Ringer by Norell Rodhe. Photo: Johan Dehlin

A collective memory. Sculpture Dead Ringer by Norell Rodhe. Photo: Johan Dehlin

Photo: Johan Dehlin

Photo: Johan Dehlin

Life-saving design. Design by Björn Dahlström. Photo: Johan Dehlin

Life-saving design. Design by Björn Dahlström. Photo: Johan Dehlin

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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.


Tuesday

18 December


Tensta Museum’s Branch: Conversation with Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado

18:00  


Hanna Nordell, producer at Tensta konsthall, in conversation with the Tensta resident Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado about El Complejo and Alvarado’s current research.

The Tensta resident Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado worked at the Panguipulli Forestry Complex, Chile’s most ambitious forestry complex during the Salvador Allende period (1970–73). Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado is one of the few who survived the coup in 1973 and his story is part of the film El Complejo: Territorio liberado, by Claudia Del Fierro. Alvarado was detained for four years in prison after the coup in Chile and was deported to Sweden in 1977.

Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado has worked for 30 years for the city of Stockholm. He has worked locally, nationally, and internationally on several projects aimed at creating conditions for a participatory democracy.

In conversation with Hanna Nordell, he speaks about his work in the forestry industry and how he is currently conducting research about El Complejo, which includes finding and interviewing the few people who still can speak about what happened.


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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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