Nordic Collection

Moderna Museet should stand out as a natural centre for Swedish and Nordic art. In 2011, the Museum’s director and co-director, Daniel Birnbaum and Ann-Sofi Noring, launched the Nordic Collection. This initiative was taken to enable new acquisitions, with the purpose of enhancing Moderna Museet’s collection of contemporary Nordic art beyond what can be acquired merely with the government’s annual allocation.  The project yielded donations and acquisitions of 18 works made in 2008 – 2013.”

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© Ragnar Kjartansson/Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Country:Iceland (43)
Ragnar Kjartansson
Born 1976
Iceland Scandinavian Pain, 2006-2012
Neon, galvanized iron sheet
50 x 1260 x 21 cm
Purchase 2012 (Nordic Collection)

MOM/2012/50 This artwork is not on display
- About the work
Ragnar Kjartansson’s pink neon work sheds new light on the so-called Scandinavian gloom. The first time it was shown it was mounted on a real barn, in which Kjartansson staged a one-week performance where he played on the stereotypical melancholic Nordic artist. The concept of Nordic gloom, which the films of Ingmar Bergman contributed to spreading internationally, has a long history. At the turn of the 19th century, many Nordic artists and writers, with Edvard Munch and August Strindberg at the forefront, channelled this gloom as their inspiration and expressive style. Combining sad poetry with subtle humour, Kjartansson’s works often focus on male clichés, as he throws himself headlong between feelings of despair, doom and euphoria. He plays the romantic Artist – boundless, searching, suffering – while making fun of the image. The title of the work and the concept itself, Scandinavian Pain, tacitly suggests that this is a “luxury".
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