May 4, 2015

Two artforms meet in a new collaboration between Magasin III and the Royal Swedish Ballet. May 21 – 23.

Austrian artist Markus Schinwald made a strong impression on Stockholm this spring with his solo exhibition at Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art. During just three days in May, Schinwald’s Stage Complex (2015), a site-specific installation that fills the entire lower floor of the museum, will become a point of departure and a stage for an innovative dance performance.

The performance is choreographed by Markus Schinwald for and with six modern dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet. A key access point for the project is the artist’s interest in the possibilities and limitations of the human body.

Markus Schinwald about the performance:
“It is a piece that blurs the boundaries between an intentional movement and the body’s reflexes – sneezing becomes an act and toe dancing an incidental motion. Limbs are not bound to one individual but appear as if they are for joint use.” 

Ballet director Johannes Öhman first approached Magasin III about a collaborative project in the spring of 2014. It was perfect timing for Magasin III, since curator Tessa Praun was planning the exhibition with Schinwald, for whom dance and performance are an integral part of his artistic practice.

Johannes Öhman, Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet:
“The interesting element for me is the room – how the dance effects and is integrated into Schinwald’s installation. When these two artforms meet a new artistic expression is born.

Choreography and music: Markus Schinwald
Choreographer’s Assistant: Michael Schumacher
Rehearsal Director: Satoshi Kudo
Performing dancers: Clyde Archer, Mariko Kida, Anthony Lomuljo, Rena Narumi, Anton Valdbauer, Amanda Åkesson
Cello: Emma Augustsson

The performance

The performance will be presented at Magasin III:
Thursday, May 21, 6pm
Friday, May 22, 6:30pm
Saturday, May 23, 12:30pm
Saturday, May 23, 3pm

Tickets will be released May 8. Read more and purchase tickets on

Preview Wednesday, May 20, 6pm. Limited space available.
There will also be a small number of press tickets available for each public performance. Please express your interest by May 11 to Jennifer Lindblad (

Please note that access to the exhibition space on the lower level of Magasin III may be limited May 21 – 23.

About the artist

Markus Schinwald was born in 1973 in Salzburg, Austria, and lives and works in Vienna and New York. Schinwald represented Austria in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Recent major solo exhibitions include the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, jointly organized with SFMOMA; the M – Museum Leuven in Belgium (2014); CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2013); Lentos Museum, Linz (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2009); and Migros Museum, Zürich (2008).

The exhibition Markus Schinwald takes place at Magasin III February 14 – June 7 and continues September 11 – December 13, 2015. It is the artist’s first large-scale solo presentation in Sweden. Read more about the exhibition.

About the Royal Swedish Ballet

The Royal Swedish Ballet was established in 1773 and is one of the world’s oldest dance companies. Under the leadership of ballet director Johannes Öhman, the company has expanded to include some of the foremost modern dancers of today. The collaboration with Magasin III is a further step in the realization of Johannes Öhman’s wish to explore the possibilities of artistic processes.

About Magasin III

Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art is one of Europe’s leading institutions for contemporary art. Located since 1987 in a former warehouse in Stockholm’s Free Port, Magasin III exhibitits its multifaceted collection as well as ambitious presentations of internationally established artists.

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Lindblad, Communications Manager
Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art
+46 72 549 05 47

Torbjörn Eriksson, Director of Press and Information
The Royal Swedish Opera
+46 70 634 43 53