Sunday, 12 July 2015

art in the shadow of war

This book was published to accompany the small but very important exhibition of the same title, Konsten i skuggan av kriget, curated by Cecilia Widenheim at Malm
ö Konstmuseum. It brings back one of the little known art history chapters, shadows of the XXthe official museum histories. For six months in 1945 the museum in Malmö served as a refugee camp and quarantine centre for the former concentration camp prisoners. It was a decision taken by the museum director Ernst Fisher, who decided to close the museum fo the public and change completely its function, beliving strongly in the crucial role of art institutions might play in civil society. The picture above is an altar, compiled of the the exhibits found by the refugees in the museum, an assamblage serving as a place of worship - an amazing example of a spiritual reciprocal readymade.