Henrik Håkansson

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

These two exhibitions amounted to the first substantial showing in Stockholm by one of Sweden’s best-known younger artists. Henrik Håkansson’s exhibition at the Riddarhuset was part of a series organized by Moderna Museet in various venues throughout Sweden while the museum building on Stockholm’s Skeppsholmen Island is temporarily closed. Index, continuing its process-oriented approach, showed Håkansson’s recent audio piece Nightingale Love Two Times, 2002, next to a new work developed in collaboration with local ornithologists.

Both presentations were experimental, but in different ways. Installing contemporary video-based art in a baroque palace is quite unexpected for Stockholm and adds “richness” to the work. Håkansson says he doesn’t really differentiate between specialized art venues and other spaces but looks only for a pronouncedly cultural environment for showing his nature-based

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