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MigrationTraces in an Art Collection / Spår i en konstsamling

 - Migration
How have artists over the past 150 years related to migration and exile? And what role can a museum play in times of mass migration?
Taking as its starting point the 2019 exhibition Migration: Traces in an Art Collection, which featured more than a hundred works from Malmö Konstmuseum made between 1880 and today, this publication brings to light the radical approach of museum director Ernst Fischer, who in 1945 transformed the museum into a refugee shelter for survivors of German concentration camps. It also highlights the museum's long-forgotten Latvian Collection, comprised of art acquired in solidarity with the young Baltic nation and its exiles. Contrasting works by exiled artists such as Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Lotte Laserstein, Endre Nemes, and Peter Weiss further animate the discussion, as do the geopolitical concerns of Pia Arke, Öyvind Fahlström, and Charlotte Johannesson. Correspondingly, a conversation with the exhibition's curators foregrounds the ways in which today's artists reflect upon and articulate experiences of migration. Together, these re-readings of the collection and its potential contribute to an urgent debate on the role of museums in our time.
Edited by Maria Lind and Cecilia Widenheim.
Texts by Ernst Fischer, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Maria Lind, Lotte Løvholm, Joanna Warsza, Cecilia Widenheim.
Preface by Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg.
Introduction by Maria Lind and Cecilia Widenheim.

Graphic design : Lisa Olausson

Published with Malmö Konstmuseum and Tensta konsthall.
published in June 2020
bilingual edition (English / Swedish)
16,5 × 24 cm (softcover)
320 pages (175 b/w and color ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-95679-547-3
EAN : 9783956795473
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