Patti Smith: Eighteen Stations
September 23–February 19
Perhaps there is no past or future, only the perpetual present that contains this trinity of memory. –Patti Smith, M Train (2015)
Patti Smith (born 1946) is an artist, performer, and poet who has had made her mark on the American cultural landscape throughout her fifty-year career. During her early explorations in the visual arts she worked closely with Robert Mapplethorpe, whom she met in New York City in 1967. They remained friends until Mapplethorpe’s death in 1989. Smith also pursued a music career. Her 1975 album Horses established her as one of the most important artists of her generation. In 2011, Smith was awarded the Polar Music Prize.
Eighteen Stations is the artist’s first exhibition in Sweden. It revolves around the world of M Train (2015): part memoir, part dreamscape, part elegy for the departed and for time itself. Smith describes the book as “a roadmap to my life,” as told from the cafés and dwellings she has worked from globally. Reflecting the themes and sensibility of the book, Eighteen Stations is a meditation on the act of artistic creation, as well as the passage of time. It features the artist’s illustrative photographs that accompany the book’s pages, along with works by Smith that speak to art and literature’s potential to offer hope and consolation. Beds, statues, tools, and tombstones, which bear the names of figures who have shaped our culture, form a kind of visual diary. Frida Kahlo, Tolstoy, Jean Genet, Virginia Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Roberto Bolaño are resurrected through pictures of their belongings or their final resting places.
Smith uses a vintage Land 250 Polaroid camera, originally manufactured in the late 1960s with a Zeiss Ikon-designed rangefinder. The camera uses special film that produces a developing print instantly. Within seconds of snapping a photograph, an image begins to appear within a narrow white border. Smith’s Polaroid photographs are then issued as gelatin silver prints in editions of ten. In an era of digital imaging and manipulation, her works champion the use of photography in its most classical sense—as a tool to document a found moment.
In connection with Eighteen Stations, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern presents ‘Patti Smith’s library.’ Here visitors to the exhibition can read and borrow books from a selection of literary works that have inspired and informed the artist’s work.
This exhibition was organized by Robert Miller Gallery and produced by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
Guided tours in english
Every sunday at 3PM
September 25–December 18, 2016
January 8–February 19, 2017
The guided tours are part of the entrance for the exhibitions, there is no extra fee. Welcome!
The Free Photographers’ department
November 25–January 29, 2017
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is a place for all forms of art that is open to everyone. We now invite you to display your own photographs in The Free Photographers’ Department! The exhibition opens November 25 in Gallery 5.
The rules for participation are simple: it is on a first come, first served basis, you must be at least 18 years old and the photographs must be able to fit within a specified space. The Free Photographers’ Department will have room for 210 exhibitors. Would you like to be one of these? Starting on October 6, you are able to send in your application to participate: instructions are found here! Final application date: October 28.
Genre, style, blurry, documentary, staged or even a paraphrase – everything is OK. The Free Photographers’ Department is not a concept without a historical precedent. In fact, it is a 1980s concept born in Stockholm not that far away from Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
"Between 1982 and 1987, some friends and I ran the Gauss Photographic Gallery. Gauss was located in the Old City and we opened it was because we thought that Stockholm lacked a scene for photography," says Karina Ericsson Wärn, Art/Design and Fashion Manager at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
"At the time, photography was treated quite unfairly by both critics and the art world. We exhibited photographers such as Lars Tunbjörk, Tuija Lindström, Christer Strömholm, Åsa Franck, Gunnar Smoliansky, Rut Hillarp and Anders Petersen. And then we also arranged The Free Photographers’ Department – an exhibition that was open to everyone. To now be able to revive the concept and give everyone a chance to exhibit his or her photographs, regardless of genre or style, feels terrific!"