August 31, 2015

Magasin III opens 2015 fall season with Like A Prayer

Like A Prayer

Eitan Ben-Moshe, Louise Bourgeois, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mona Hatoum, Emil Westman Hertz, Sigalit Landau, Matts Leiderstam, Sirous Namazi, Maria Nepomuceno, Lars Nilsson, Linus Nordensson Spångberg, Ulf Rollof, Peter Schuyff, Per B Sundberg

Curators: Richard Julin, Tessa Praun

Sept 11 – Dec 13, 2015 & Feb 6 – June 5, 2016

Like A Prayer presents works by fourteen artists from eleven countries in the Magasin III collection, together with a group of objects from the collection of The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities. The artworks shown are both fragile and forceful investigations of highly personal or collective experiences and memories: Mona Hatoum’s glass hand grenades, Sirous Namazi’s recollections of his flight from Iran and Ulf Rollof’s processing of pain, to name a few. A central theme in the exhibition is how we humans put great faith in hope when faced with crisis.

Richard Julin and Tessa Praun, exhibition curators:

Our own disquiet about the world around us has influenced our perception when selecting pieces from the Magasin III collection. The juxtaposition of objects that were made so recently and those that are over 2,000 years old points to something deeply human. These objectswhether contemporary or from antiquitycan be seen as a sort of prayer in a world rife with incomprehensible violence, anxiety and disease.

This is the first time many of the artists are being exhibited at Magasin III, for example Eitan Ben-Moshe, Peter Schuyff, Emil Westman Hertz and Linus Nordensson Spångberg. Like A Prayer will also feature works by Lars Nilsson and Per B Sundberg that are new additions to the museum’s collection.

A Collaboration with The Museum of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities

Magasin III’s curators have selected twenty-five Etruscan votives from The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities’ collection. These objects were made ca 200 BCE in Tessennano (Vulci), Italy; all represent human body parts. Christian Mühlenbock, Acting Director at The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities:

The votives were made by local craftsmen, possibly with some instruction from temple visitors. Some of the terracotta figurines are cast while others are modeled by hand. After production, they were placed inside the temple: on shelves, mounted directly on the wall, or suspended by a string from the ceiling. These objects were offered in gratitude for or in the hope of a cure for illness or other afflictions.


In conjunction with the exhibition, Magasin III will produce a richly illustrated exhibition brochure with texts on the the exhibition’s themes as well as the various artworks. It will be distributed free of charge to visitors and be available as a PDF download on Read more and download the PDF.

The Fall Season at Magasin III

New in the exhibition Markus Schinwald: the film Orient (2011), a two-channel video installation, will replace Dictio pii (2001). A new oil painting, Jenn (2014) will join the installation Stage Complex (2015), which fills the entire lower floor of Magasin III. The exhibition is on view through December 13, 2015.

About The Museum of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities

With finds from ancient Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, the Roman Empire and the Middle East, The Museum of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities is Sweden’s main archaeological museum of Mediterranean cultures. The museum is one of four Swedish National Museums of World Culture.

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