Matts Leiderstam

01 Dec 2007 - 04 Jan 2008

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Installation view

January 1, 2007 - January 4, 2008

Andréhn-Schiptjenko proudly presents Matts Leiderstam’s third solo-exhibition at the gallery. The opening will take place in presence of the artist on Saturday December 1 between 12-4 pm.
Leiderstam’s work originates in his personal visual experiences of historical pictures, which he detaches from their normative context within collections or archives and investigates from a contemporary point of view. His method is simultaneously the artist’s and the scholar’s and he lets these attitudes mix and affect one another. Exploring the provenance and itineraries of the pictures which capture his attention the resulting bodies of work are often complex and often evolve over a period of several years. His seminal work Grand Tour for instance, offers the chance to study an extensive collection of pictures, objects and texts concerning the educational journey in the eighteenth century. Using minor interventions his work often discloses perspectives and details that remain unnoticed or disregarded by classic readings.
The current exhibition focuses on two major installation works. The Sun – made after Claude Lorrain (1600-1682)”Landscape with Rebekah Taking Leave of Her Father”, 1640-41, 2003-2007 is one of them, representing both a continuation and conclusion of work begun in the mid-1990’s and explored throughout his Grand Tour-project and in his PhD exhibition (See and Seen – Looking at Landscape through Artistic Practice).
Another major work, and Leiderstam’s first animated videowork, is Provenance, a work based on extensive research into the numerous paintings by the 17th century painter Jan van Goyen, depicting the view over the Dutch town Dordrecht. These paintings are now to be found in museums all over the globe and Leiderstam has done extensive research as to their provenance, in particular focusing on the painting in the collection of the Swedish National Museum. A similar film, dealing with a van Goyen “Vue de Dordrecht” at the Louvre, can currently be seen in the exhibition Residents at Espace Electra, Paris.
Leiderstam’s project Grand Tour was shown at Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, and travelled to Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Scotland, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden and Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz. He was recently shown at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona and at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe. Upcoming solo-exhibitions include the Belgrade Modern Museum and the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle.

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