– Contemporary Art from Malmö Art Museum's Collection
3 Feb – 20 May 2012
The Turku Art Museum launches the year 2012 with an exhibition that showcases the collection of the Malmö Art Museum, in particular works acquired in the 2000s. Déjà vu – Contemporary Art from Malmö Art Museum's Collection will be on show in the Turku Art Museum from 3 February to 20 May 2012. The exhibition continues the successful cooperation between the Turku Art Museum and the Malmö Art Museum which began with I Love Malmö, presented in Turku in 2007. In 2008–2010 the collaboration continued with the EU project Museums in Motion, which featured an exhibition of Estonian art from the Stalin Era entitled Punaste lippude all ('Under the Red Banners', 2008). Other collaboratively produced exhibitions have been an exhibition of work by Matts Leiderstam (2010), and an exhibition by Veli Granö (2011).

Owing to its location and rich cultural history, the province of Scania (Skåne) is one of the most important centres of art in Sweden today. In addition to the Malmö Art Museum, there are many other prestigious cultural institutions in the region: the distinguished Lund University, the Malmö Konsthall, the Malmö Art Academy, and a newcomer, Moderna Museet Malmö. The Malmö Art Museum collection is one of the largest and finest collections of Nordic contemporary art, one which in the first decade of the 2000s was augmented with no less than 750 works.

Nordic contemporary art is an exceptionally broad and heterogenic concept. The goal of the Malmö Art Museum is not to embrace the entire spectrum of contemporary art, however. Instead, the museum's acquisitions policy is governed by the principle of acquiring several works from a limited number of artists. The evolution of the work of individual artists nevertheless becomes an interlaced story, and the individual becomes general. Although the museum does not aim at comprehensiveness, its collection nevertheless gives a good idea of the current themes and trends in Nordic contemporary art. Déjà vu draws attention to several things: photorealism has made a comeback in painting, and artist employ devices to alienate the viewer, such as frightening or threatening moods, excursions into the subconscious mind and to dreams, as well as meticulously staged photographs. One major feature of art in the new millennium is the rise of photography, which also explains the predominance of photographs in this exhibition. The references to other artworks and art history, typical to contemporary art, are in Déjà vu complemented with references to the mass media and popular culture.

Déjà vu comprises 28 works of art, and the hanging is deliberately loose so as to do justice to every individually expressive work. The various media of contemporary art are well represented; in addition to photographs and paintings, there is also media art and installations. The exhibition features the following artists: Karin Nygårds Bengtsson, Peder Callesen, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Anna Ekman, Annika Eriksson, Johan Furåker, Carl Hammoud, Lotta Hannerz, Trond Hugo Haugen, Michael Johansson, Petra Lindholm, Tova Mozard, Anna Nordquist Andersson, Charlotte von Poehl, Torbjörn Rödland, Nina Saunders, Fredrik Strid, Astrid Svangren, Per Wizén and Dan Wolgers.

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