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Stockholm art gallery guide: August 15 – 21

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

Night-time photography

London based designer duo Jojo & Malou take over Riche jut in time for yet anotherFashion Week in Stockholm. Fashion photographer Marcus Palmqvist has taken Polaroid snaps of Jojo, Malou and their friends wearing their creations.

Head art

Urban Outfitters is playing host this Fashion Week to an exhibition of the work of Swedish fashion genius Lovisa Burfitt. In an installation prepared in conjunction with photographer Julia Hetta, Burfitt shows accessories previously seen in the French and Italian editions of Vogue.

Mammy forever

After winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel got stuck playing the role of a black maid. Artist Harold Offeh uses these recurring casting stereotypes as a starting point for his Being Mammy exhibition at Kulturhuset.

Film festival

Moderna Museet invtes you to a art movie festival. Art in the Auditorium is an international collaboration between art museums in London, Beijing, Istanbul, Oslo, Bergamo, Buenos Aires, Zurich and Stockholm. Each day one of the institutons involved will select a film from its collction. August 19th – 24th.

Everyday life in Tibet

For the first time Joakim Eneroth’s and Malin Rosén’s Testimony is exhibited at Stockholm gallery KG52. The project provides textual and pictorial evidence of the imprisoned Tibetan monks and nuns and the torture to which the Chinese authorities expose them. The pictures have received a lot of attention and were even published in Svenska Dagbladet.


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.”