Malmö

Luca Frei, Model for a Pedagogical Vehicle, 2018, powder-coated steel, fabric, digital prints on PVC, paper objects. Installation view, 2020.

Luca Frei, Model for a Pedagogical Vehicle, 2018, powder-coated steel, fabric, digital prints on PVC, paper objects. Installation view, 2020.

Luca Frei

Malmö Konsthall

When Simone Forti’s See-Saw, 1960, was to be shown at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2015, Luca Frei was commissioned to restage it. This remake of Forti’s iconic sculpture and performance piece—also included in Frei’s recent solo exhibition at Malmö Konsthall, “From day to day”—offered compelling evidence that the younger artist sees himself as not only a contemporary conduit for the modernist and Minimalist tradition, but also its successor and developer. Many of the more than thirty pieces in the Malmö exhibition took on a double function similar to that of Forti’s work, operating as attractive working design objects as well as interactive installations. They exuded both avant-garde functionalism and a sense of the postwar artist navigating the expanded field, in which, as philosopher Richard Wollheim put in his famous essay on Minimalism, “the elements of decision or dismantling acquire

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