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Jenny Holzer

June 4 - August 31st

Since the 1970s, Jenny Holzer has sought new ways of expressing art in the public space using language as her primary medium.

In the past, the world has been exposed to her art through everything from large-scale installations, projections, billboards, posters, stone benches and plaques to condom wrappers. Text is always central, whether it's flickering from an electronic sign or engraved in granite. Now three of her iconic works, Truisms (1977-79), Survival (1983-85) and Arno (1996) are becoming part of the Stockholm cityscape on LED screens.

The activations are direct in their approach, yet often contradictory, challenging the viewer to take a stand on political as well as moral issues, as in the examples from Truisms below.

EXPIRING FOR LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL BUT STUPID

ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE

WORDS TEND TO BE INADEQUATE

Among personal and collective experiences of power and violence, Jenny Holzer's art contains humor, fear and hope. Jenny Holzer is considered one of the foremost and most acclaimed conceptual artists of our time, and between May 17 and September 29 her work will also be exhibited at The Guggenheim Museum. This is the second time the artist's work has been shown at the prestigious museum in New York.

During the summer there is also the opportunity to see more of Jenny Holzer's art at Liljevalchs konsthall where two of her works can be experienced in the ongoing exhibition Hjärtahjärna - 50 år av samtidskonst genom Marika och CG Wachtmeisters samling.

Truisms
is activated at Stureplan, Survival at Katarinahissen at Slussen and Arno at Hötorget, the intersection of Sveavägen/Kungsgatan.

From Survival (1983-85), 1985
© 1985 Jenny Holzer, ARS
Photo: John Marchael

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