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Stockholm art gallery guide: June 13 – 19

Stockholm art gallery and exhibition tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

The art of change

Färgfabriken’s major summer exhibition, 68 08, focuses on Stockholm and a world in transition. Besides works by almost 30 artists, there will also be a conference about the points at which art and society meet. It’s about youth, the will to change and thought structures.

Evening exhibition

Lilla Baren at Riche presents another exhibition showcasing the best of art’s young guard. New Mejan masters graduate Maria Bajt and German illustrator Michael Jordan give recycled material pride of place.

Street portraits

Kulturhuset has drafter in another big name as part of its focus on photography and moving pictures. Gunnar Smoliansky is considered one of the giants of Swedish photography and the exhibition ‘En bild i taget’ (One picture at a time) shows pictures from an artistic career spanning five decades.

Photo stains

Lotta Aronsson examines the photographic media’s storytelling capacity in her first separate exhibition at ALP/Peter Bergman.

Mounted pictures

Nordin Gallery presents Strings Attached, the headstrong work of Michael Johansson, who turns everyday objects into construction kits by deconstructing and defunctionalizing them.

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Stockholm’s giant penis mural to be covered up after complaints

A giant blue penis painted on a Stockholm apartment building is to be covered up after just one week, the company which owns the building has said.

Stockholm's giant penis mural to be covered up after complaints
The penis was painted in blue with a yellow background, perhaps reflecting Sweden's national colours. Photo: Photo: Hugo Röjgård/Graffitifrämjandet
Atrium Ljungberg said it had come to the decision after receiving a barrage of complaints about the five-story high depiction of a bulging erection.  
 
“Of course we care about artistic freedom, but at the same time we must respect the opinion of our closest neighbours,” Camilla Klint, the company's marketing head, said in a statement. 
 
“By letting it remain for a short period, we are offering anyone who's interested a chance to experience the work.” 
 
The company said that it had been given no prior warning that a giant penis was about to appear on one of its blocks. 
 
“On Wednesday morning, April 11th, we saw  Kollektivet Livet's new work for the first time, at exactly the same moment as all the other people who live on Kungsholmen did,” it said in its statement.  
 
Under their arrangement, the artist collective had total artistic freedom over the works it commissioned for the wall, at Kronobergsgatan 35 on the central Stockholm island of Kungsholmen.  
 
The decision will come as a disappointment to the artist Carolina Falkholt. Her first giant penis painting, which she plastered on a wall in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in December, lasted only a few days. 
 
She said on Wednesday that she expected her native Swedes to be more receptive. 
 
Atrium Ljungberg did acknowledge that many appreciated the painting. 
 
“Some people are positive about the work and see it as playing an important part in the debate around sexuality, the body and gender,” the company wrote.
 
“Others, particularly neighbours, have received the work less well, and experience it as offensive.”
 
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