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Maria Miesenberger

2009-10-04 to 2010-01-17

This autumn Bildmuseet is offering a large-scale presentation of the work of Maria Miesenberger. The exhibition includes the first complete presentation ever of her photographic project, Sweden / Schweden, Miesenbergers evocative journey in the universe of family photographs.

Maria Miesenbergers art is given a thorough presentation in this autumn's major exhibition at Bildmuseet. In addition to the project Sweden / Schweden the exhibition also includes a large and generous selection of sculptures, objects and photographs, often with the themes of childhood, body and vulnerability. The display is so far the most comprehensive presentation of her art. With the whole of Bildmuseets ground floor in use, the exhibition includes over one hundred works from nearly two decades of production.

Maria Miesenberger, born 1965 in Lund, debuted in the early 1990s with several high-profile photographic series. The photographic medium has remained an integral part of her oeuvre, and is also given a special place in this exhibition. But Maria Miesenbergers art is also sculptural, spatial and three dimensional. Sculptural works in aluminum, bronze or textile materials; objects composed of domestic materials such as scouring patches, sponges or sewing materials; installations such as an self-propelled swing is included in the exhibition. Even in terms of expression and form there is many diverse languages and intonations in Miesenbergers world of art.

A very crucial element here is that nearly half of the exhibition is dedicated to the project Sweden / Schweden, which for the first time is presented in its entirety. These suggestive photographic works is ingenious reshapings of family photographs, taken from the family album where the artist's father is behind the camera and is documenting the artist's childhood. More than 80 works from Sweden / Schweden is a winding journey into the innermost of the core family with the family photo as a linguistic screen and tool.

A monograph of the entire project, Sweden / Schweden, with texts by Elfrida Jelinek and Bildmuseets director Jan-Erik Lundström is published on Steidl Verlag in November.