On view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm | TONY COKES

Tony Cokes, Mikrohaus, or the black atlantic?, 2006-2008, Video, b&w, sound, 31:07 minutes (still)

TONY COKES on view in Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and the Moderna Museet Collection

Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Sep 30, 2023 — Aug 9, 2024

In “Seven Rooms and a Garden: Rashid Johnson and The Moderna Museet Collection”, the work of American artist and filmmaker Rashid Johnson is in conversation, confrontation, and sometimes collusion with the collection of Moderna Museet. Each room in the exhibition (and the garden) stages an encounter based on the personal, political, and art historical relationships that Johnson holds in his practice.

For Rashid Johnson, abstraction is a source of life. In his “Bruise” and “God” paintings, the abstract mark is an expression of a spiritual or psychological journey. His monumental installation “Home” (2023) finds form for Black intellectual and cultural histories, in sheabutter sculptures, books, and the growth of plant life. His film “Black and Blue” (2021) is an abstract self-portrait through daily, intimate acts that together describe a life.

In all the works and interventions in “Seven Rooms and a Garden”, Johnson explores the gesture of abstraction as an art historical lineage, a political necessity, or a personal appeal.

We invite you to meet Rashid Johnson — through Soufiane Ababri, Etel Adnan, Karel Appel, Louis Armstrong, Kevin Beasley, Lee Bontecou, Snežana Vučetić Bohm, Louise Bourgeois, TONY COKES, Lena Cronqvist, Jean Dubuffet, Cecilia Edefalk, Esra Ersen, Elliott Erwitt, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Jean Fautrier, Samuel Fosso, Sam Francis, Ellen Gallagher, Herbert Gentry, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Marcia Hafif, David Hammons, Every Ocean Hughes, Toshimitsu Imaï, Asger Jorn, Tadeusz Kantor, On Kawara, Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt, Klara Lidén, Lee Lozano, Henri Matisse, Ernest Mancoba, Santiago Mostyn, Barnett Newman, Maia Cruz Palileo, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Melissa Shook, Cauleen Smith, Sun-Ra, Salman Toor, Cy Twombly, Ruben Valentim, Stanley Whitney and Andy Warhol.

For more information, please visit the Moderna Museet website.


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