Investigations of a Dog

February 17 - May 29, 2011
Curator: Tessa Praun

This spring Magasin 3’s exhibition spaces will be filled with works by internationally acclaimed artists including Maurizio Cattelan, Fischli & Weiss, Claire Fontaine, Jeff Koons, Sigalit Landau and Sherrie Levine – many of them being shown in Sweden for the first time.

The exhibition Investigations of a Dog has borrowed its title from a short story by Franz Kafka (1922) and presents works from the collections of all five members of FACE – Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe. The responsible curator in Stockholm, Tessa Praun, describes the exhibition’s theme:

Kafka’s short story is written from the perspective of a dog suffering an identity crisis. The dog is more introverted and reflective than his fellow dogs. This more critical approach to society, complete with existential thoughts, is reflected in the artistic process of the works selected for the exhibition.”

The FACE network was formed in 2008 and consists of five private art institutions: DESTE Foundation (Greece), Ellipse Foundation (Portugal), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Italy), La maison rouge (France) and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall. Over the course of two years, the exhibition will travel to each of the five foundations – Stockholm being the fourth venue.

Five writers have been invited to each write an original short story inspired by the exhibition or its connection to Franz Kafka. Magasin 3 has invited the Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri, who with his subtle play with language draws us into a narrative balancing on the threshold between reality and fiction, dream and nightmare. The other authors are: Aristide Antonas, Rui Cardoso Martins, Emmanuelle Pagano, and Tiziano Scarpa.