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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

26 June


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

28 June


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

29 June


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.


Sunday

1 July


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

3 July


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

5 July


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.


Sunday

8 July


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

10 July


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

12 July


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.


Sunday

15 July


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

17 July


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

19 July


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.


Sunday

22 July


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

24 July


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

26 July


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.


Sunday

29 July


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

31 July


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

2 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.


Sunday

5 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

7 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.


Thursday

9 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.


Sunday

12 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

14 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.


Thursday

16 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.


Sunday

19 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

21 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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