Tag Archives: Klara Lidén


The city that never gets any sleep. Turn me on. Ever since Edison invented the lightbulb, big cities everywhere have been associated with lights, with sky-lines glittering far off in the distance, city lights like eyes in the night, wires cables network solutions and all kinds of pollutions to keep the whole thing going. Stank you smelly much. If they can’t make it there, they can’t make it anywhere.

All artists’ works are said to be self-portraits whether figurative or abstract or bearing any kind of likeness whatsoever to their subject and what with Klara Liden performing repetitive, minimal, and what often looks like physically quite exhaustive tasks in her own videos. I mean, it’s her alright but then performing as a kind of extra, body double or stand-in. Social climbing, it’s a lonely thing. From rags to riches and back again. Likewise oftentimes bringing attention to what’s maybe some of society’s less spot-lit sides, its non-sites and service entrances off the beaten track beneath the arches hidden in plain view not necessarily meant to be looked at. Streaming like was I dreaming pinch me punch me bring it on again to where the streets have no names and anyone’s up for anything really. Achtung baby. Human kindness is overflowing. Check the radar change the channel. Life’s a beach and then you get old, do I dare to wear my trousers rolled!!? Come on and on one and many, come true it’s up to you. Rhythm to the rhythm. You know what, just never turn me off. — Karl Holmqvist*

A new show of Liden’s sculpture and video work is on view in London. See link below.


Through October 31.

Sadie Coles HQ

1 Davies Street, Mayfair, London.

Klara Liden, Turn Me On, Sadie Coles HQ, September 3, 2020–October 31, 2020, installation photographs by Robert Glowacki. Images courtesy and © the artists and Sadie Coles HQ.


What does a feminist exhibition on masculinity look like? This was the question asked by curators Eva Birkenstock, Michelle Cotton, and Nikola Dietrich while organizing MASKULINITÄTEN, their three-part exhibition now open in Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf.

The Bonn section—curated by Cotton, head of Artistic Programmes and Content at Mudam, Luxembourg—includes work by Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Alexandra Bircken, Patricia L. Boyd, Jana Euler, Hal FischerEunice Golden, Richard Hawkins, Jenny Holzer, Hudinilson Jr., Allison Katz, Mahmoud Khaled, Hilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Robert Morris, D’Ette Nogle, Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), Bea Schlingelhoff, and Anita Steckel.

The Cologne section—curated by Dietrich, director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein—includes Georgia Anderson & David Doherty & Morag Keil & Henry Stringer, Louis Backhouse, Olga Balema, Gerry Bibby, Juliette Blightman, Anders Clausen, Enrico David, Jonathas de Andrade, Jimmy DeSana, Hedi El Kholti, Hilary Lloyd, Shahryar Nashat, Carol Rama, Bea Schlingelhoff, Heji Shin, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Carrie Mae Weems, Marianne Wex, Martin Wong, and Katharina Wulff.

The presentation in Düsseldorf—curated by Birkenstock, director of the Kunstverein for the Rheinland and Westfalen, Düsseldorf—features the work of Vito Acconci, The Agency, Keren Cytter, Vaginal Davis, Nicole Eisenman, Andrea Fraser, keyon gaskin with Samiya Bashir, sidony o’neal & Adee Roberson, Philipp GuflerAnnette Kennerley, Sister Corita Kent, Jürgen Klauke, Jutta Koether, Tetsumi Kudo, Klara LidénHenrik Olesen, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Josephine Pryde, Lorenzo Sandoval, Julia Scher, Agnes Scherer, Bea Schlingelhoff, Katharina Sieverding, Nancy Spero, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang.

MASKULINITÄTEN will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Koenig Books, with contributions by—among others—CAConrad, Nelly Gawellek, Chris Kraus, Quinn Latimer, Kerstin Stakemeier, Marlene Streeruwitz, and Änne Söll.


Through November 24.

Bonner Kunstverein

Hochstadenring 22, Bonn.

Kölnischer Kunstverein

Hahnenstrasse 6, Cologne.

Kunstverein Düsseldorf

Grabbeplatz 4, Düsseldorf.

Maskulinitäten, a co-operation of the Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischem Kunstverein, and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, September 1–November 24, 2019. Cologne installation photographs by Mareike Tocha, except second from top and fourth from bottom, by Katja Illner. Images courtesy and © the artists, the institutions, and the photographers.


Klara Lidén’s new video GROUNDING is now on view at Reena Spaulings.

Daniel Garcia was the videographer, and Askar Brickmann wrote GROUNDING’s soundtrack.


Through December 17.

Reena Spaulings Fine Art

165 East Broadway, New York City.

From top: Klara LidénGTG TTYL, 2018, HD video; Klara Lidén, Grounding, 2018, exhibition view. Photographs by Joerg Lohse, courtesy Klara Lidén, the photographer, and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York /Los Angeles.



Clockwise from left: Klara Lidén : Log, Chair, Box, Bag of concrete, Diet Coke, Gauloises, Bike, Canvas, all : 2013, Spray paint on paper, various sizes (image from www.betweenbridges.net)


Curated by Karl Holmqvist

Between Bridges, Berlin

Exhibition on view until May 4, 2014



Clockwise from left: Sean Snyder, Arriving and Transferring Passengers, FFM Airport, 1997, Video, 59:35 min, colour, sound Natascha Sadr Haghighian, I Woke Up Like This, 2014, Wallpaper, wallpaint, spray glue, Peggy Perfect bathroom wiper, cloth tape, variable dimensions
(image www.betweenbridges.net)


Clockwise from left: Ariane Müller, Hubert Fichte travelling library, 2010, Handbag, books, plaster Ariane Müller, Zug, 2012, Video, 1:30 min loop, colour, sound Henrik Olesen, pour la forme, (after Guy Debord / Asger Jorn: Memoires, 1959, 1998-2014, Canvas, Inkjet Print on Proof Paper ZP 55 (Newspaper), 55 gouache /m2,
Amsterdam Gel Medium Matt Glue, 204,5 x 276 cm
(image www.betweenbridges.net)


Ariane Müller, Gefälschte Bahnkarten, 1987-93, Mixed media on document, 10 x 18 cm, 22 pieces (detail)
(image www.betweenbridges.net)


Henrik Olesen, pour la forme, (after Guy Debord / Asger Jorn: Memoires, 1959, 1998-2014, Canvas, Inkjet Print on Proof Paper ZP 55 (Newspaper), 55 gouache /m2, Amsterdam Gel Medium Matt Glue, 204,5 x 276 cm Yngve Holen, Hater Head, 2013, 3D printed titanium screw Ei Arakawa & Nora Schultz, Video Documentation of Countdown Performance, Moma, New York, 2011, Video, 11:30 min loop, colour, sound
(image www.betweenbridges.net)


Henrik Olesen, pour la forme, (after Guy Debord / Asger Jorn: Memoires, 1959, 1998-2014, Canvas, Inkjet Print on Proof Paper ZP 55 (Newspaper), 55 gouache /m2, Amsterdam Gel Medium Matt Glue, 204,5 x 276 cm (detail)
(image www.betweenbridges.net)