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Stockholm art gallery guide: July 4 – 10

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

Stockholm art gallery guide: July 4 - 10

Apple Art

On America’s national holiday, Independence Day, it’s vernissage for Shiva Anoushirvani’s exhibit Holy Hoax at the Lundh Åstrand Gallery at Erstagatan’s El Mundo. It’s based on different myths about The Big Apple and on the apple as a symbol.

The Muse and Fashion

The gallery at Urban Outfitters now features the exhibit Dear Nike. Photographer Martin Vallin examines the relation between photography and the muse in a project where he spent eight months working with the model Nike Felldin. The entire project has developed into a mutual game, taking as much inspiration from 80s punk as from Frank Stella.

Ragnar’s World

Ragnar Persson takes over both rooms for the exhibit Ride the Lightning. The Jonas Kleerup Gallery is filled with drawings, screen prints, wall paintings, sketches and video with that characteristic Persson-style. It’s hard rock, teenage feelings, birds, forest, all crossed with animated grandeur.

Bar Pictures

The Little Bar at Riche invites you to an exhibit with the best from art’s new young guard. This time it’s the freshly minted Mejan graduate Maria Bajt and the German illustrator Michael Jordan who team up for an exhibit in which recycled materials play a central role. It’s graphic and it’s delicate.

Scandinavia In Our Time

With the exhibit A State of Content, Operatingplace presents an extraordinary slice of the Scandinavian art scene. Nearly fifteen artists collaborate in a collective exhibition which can be found way up top at PUB.03.

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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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