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Stockholm art gallery guide: April 25 – May 1

This week’s art tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

Reference Art:

The two rooms in S.P.G. have been a starting point for Fredrik Brånstad’s installation exhibition, Clandestine Public. As the exhibition’s title indicates, Brånstad takes up the opposition between the different and the generally acceptable.

German Photography:

Annika von Hausswolf’s work has appeared in some of Magasin 3’s collective exhibitions. Now her characteristic photographs will be shown in a large, retrospective individual exhibition. It is comprised of about fifty pieces from the art gallery’s collection and some produced specifically for Magasin 3. Since the 90’s, Von Hausswolf has been internationally recognized for her staged photographs which often touch on space and the human body. Macabre, curious, and tranquil all in one.


Ulla Forsell is inspired by the old classic films’ flowing skirts, the church garden in Montmartre and botanical posters in her exhibition Flowers Forever. In the trend-setting work Botanica, she raises a wall of small glass plates which together create an intricate whole. Forsell shapes happiness and sorrow, which might sound banal. But as the artist herself expresses it: sometimes it is the banal that is most real.

Warhol Kids:

Zon Moderna is the Modern Museum’s educational art project. Every term an established artist leads a new project on the basis of a current exhibition in the museum. During Spring 2008, Åsa Cederqvist and about twenty young people have used the Andy Warhol exhibition to transform a room into the inside of someone’s head. This silver foliated brain salon will play host to the videos The Head, Altered Ego & the liquid liquid Magic and an interpretation of Warhol’s work Blow Job. Don’t miss this trip inside the heads of the young and their investigative ideas.


Lenny Kravitz lets it rip on stage in Sweden

US artist Lenny Kravitz made headlines when he rocked his pants off at a rip-roaring gig in Stockholm last night – literally.

Kravitz performed to an audience of thousands of cheering fans at Stockholm's biggest theme park – Gröna Lund – on Monday night.

And the rock legend, who is not known for pulling any punches on stage, went all in to offer his Swedish audience the whole package. Yes, the whole package.

For as Kravitz crouched down in a laws-of-physics-defying way right at the start of the energetic performance, he managed to split his leather outfit at crotch level – leaving the artist with a gaping hole in his trousers.

And if there was one thing we did not know about the 51-year-old artist before that we know now – it is that he does not wear underwear. Let's just say the audience went nuts.

The Local is unable to publish picture proof of the revealing incident, but curious readers may click on the tweet below. Warning: contains nudity. Do not click if you are at work.

After leaving the stage for several minutes, the rocker reappeared in a new pair of trousers. And that's how you crack into the history books, folks.

“The producer stepped up and said that they had 'some problems on stage'. A bit later Kravitz came out wearing other trousers. He said 'sorry, I ripped my trousers',” a member of the audience, named only as Sara, told the Expressen tabloid after the show.

“It was insane, I killed myself laughing. And then I called my mum who was there at the show as well. Her reaction was the same and she almost killed herself laughing too,” she added.

Behind hits such as 'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over', 'American Woman' and aptly titled 'Fly Away', Kravitz has sold almost 40 million albums worldwide and holds the record of most Grammy Awards in the category Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

He commented on the incident in Stockholm late on Tuesday by tweeting a screen shot of a text message from fellow rock star Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith fame:

It is not the first time a world artist has a mishap on stage in Sweden this summer. But while Kravitz suffered only an awkward wardrobe malfunction, rocker Dave Grohl broke his leg in concert in Gothenburg in June.

The 46-year-old Foo Fighters frontman made headlines around Europe when he spectacularly returned after being briefly rushed to hospital to complete the show in a cast.