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Stockholm art gallery guide: June 27 – July 3

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

Queer art

The National Museum’s theme this summer is: Queer. Taking a new perspective on its collection, the museum looks at desire, power, identity and sexuality. We see Karl XII wearing a dress and walking hand in hand with his sister, delicate nymphs and lithe athletes.

Under the surface

Ulf Rollof takes visitors on a journey into murky waters with his exhibition Under at Millesgården. Large constructions made up of part of skeletons, a gigantic slide and a short film featuring Michael Nykvist and a three-metre squid. It’s all about place, technology and a terrifying escape from reality. There is something enticingly fairy tale-like about the whole thing.

Visitor power

Moderna Museet celebrates its jubilee year with the opening of a quite ingenious event. Pontus Hultén‘s Viewing Machine leaves it up to the visitor to decide what pictures to look at on a two-storey screen.

Amber orgy

The handicraft whizzes at Konsthantverkarna usher in the summer with a Russian-Swedish collection put together by Åsa Lockner and Anna Livén West. Amber And What To Do With It presents a new generation of work with the material, including fascinating photos by Oleg Lystov taken with an amber lens.

Pencil and cardboard

Jockum Nordström is back with a new series of small, cleverly titled pencil sketches and larger collages at Galleri Magnus Karlsson. Sweden’s international art star also presents three dimensional works in the form of complex-like cardboard buildings.


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.”