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Stockholm art gallery guide: July 31 – August 6

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

Carnival views

Reuben Sallmander is an actor, gallery owner, and artists. Now his personal perspective of the Pride Parade is being presented at Gallery Operatingplace in a photography exhibit entitled “A Point of You”. It’s about love and its expression, glamour, and pride.

Fashion and the muse

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.

Beneath 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.

Russian portraits

State of Mind is a photo- and video-based artwork which has its start in Russian LGBT-culture. By returning to St. Petersburg several times, Annica Karlsson Rixon and Anna Viola Hallberg have portrayed 38 people and their lives between ethics and the law. The K1 gallery at Kulturehuset shows a video installation on seven screens where people from St. Petersburg, most of them lesbians, talk personally and politically about their everyday lives in the city.

Spit in the soup

Erwin Wurm’s work “Instructions on How to Be Politically Incorrect” consists of instructions for, just as the title suggests, behave politically incorrect. The work is included in the exhibition “Spit In Someone’s Soup” which is being shown at that Marabou Park annex in collaboration with Swedish Travelling Exhibitions (Riksutställningar). It’s a generous presentation of the Austrian concept artist Wurm.

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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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