Klara Lidén

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

Remember in Reservoir Dogs when Mr. Blonde—played by the unruly Michael Madsen—mutilated the bound and gagged police officer to the beat of Stealers Wheel’s bubblegum hit “Stuck in the Middle with You”? “Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place, clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right; here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” Klara Lidén does her own Mr. Blonde in Bodies of Society, 2006, a video in her exhibition “Unheimlich Manöver.” To an original score Lidén commissioned from the Swedish band Tvillingarna, jingly like carny music, she prances her own âme damnée dance and then, taking a steel pipe in both hands, taunts the object of her ire—a bicycle!—with menacing swipes, followed by a ferocious clobbering of the two-wheeler. Thank goodness it was only a bicycle. Lidén seems to be no more acting here than she was in Paralyzed, 2003, when her impulsive, violent ballet on a

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