Architecture Exhibitions International

ArkDes Stockholm

Public Luxury

Jun 1, 2018–Jan 13, 2019
Porten av Åsa Jungnelius. Foto: Matti Östling © ArkDes

Experience new and experimental works of design and architecture in public, by many of Sweden’s most prominent architects and designers, in ArkDes' major exhibition for 2018, Public Luxury.

Public Luxury is an exhibition about architecture, design and the struggle for public life. Large-scale commissions, installations and projects inside and outside of the museum will give visitors an insight into the struggles and successes of design as it faces many of the challenges currently facing Sweden. From hot dog kiosks to public monuments, and from video games to public campaigns, the works reflect the breadth of the contemporary debate about Swedish cities. The title Public Luxury sounds like a contradiction, but recognizes that everything in the public realm exists for more than merely functional reasons. Every kerbstone, bench, bollard, station sign, public toilet and street is part of the character and identity of a place. All the works in Public Luxury, many of which were made for the exhibition, share the ambition to tell a story about public life today. Architects and designers may not be able to change society, but nothing reveals how society is changing as clearly as architecture and design.

Participants include Dansbana (Anna Pang, Anna Fridolin and Teres Selberg), Jonas Dahlberg, Sandi Hilal/DAAR, Johan Celsing, Hilda Hellström, Johannes Norlander, Åsa Jungnelius and Uglycute, among others.

Head curator: Kieran Long
Co-curator: Daniel Golling
Assistant curator: Marie-Louise Richards
Exhibition producer: Lena Landerberg
Exhibition designer: Nilsson Rahm Arkitekter
Graphic designer: Martin Frostner Studio/Europa