Unique artworks in the exhibition

Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Ålderstrappa, 2022. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.

Join us behind the scenes when the artists Oscar Nilsson, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Mark Dion creates unique artworks for the exhibition Life Eternal.

Oscar Nilsson

Oscar Nilsson has created a sculpture of a humanoid robot representing the sickly girl Josie taken from the novel Klara and the Sun, written by the 2017 Nobel Prize laureate in literature, Kazuo Ishiguro.

Klara and the Sun explores the question of the uniqueness of all human beings. If we can be defined as a series of algorithms, then the sum of these ought to be our personality, our unique soul. This challenges the age-old notion that we are all special and unique. How would human dignity be affected if we could all be artificially recreated to some extent?

Film in Swedish.

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Niki Lindroth von Bahr has created the artwork Ålderstrappa (The Ages of Man) for the exhibition. Niki Lindroth von Bahr likes to build fable worlds, and the Spanish slug, that slimy invader of our gardens, has come to be her protagonist. In this scenario, the loathed slug is a bit more human, and even a little endearing.

The Ages of Man is a mediaeval visual representation of the human life span and a reminder of our mortality. It shows life in ten-year intervals, from infancy to death at 100.

Film in Swedish.

Mark Dion

The American artist Mark Dion has created the artwork Department of Memory, Storage and Conservation based on the Nobel Prize Museum’s collection with objects donated by Nobel Prize laureates. Mark Dion, known for his conceptual art which often takes its starting point in the meeting between nature and culture, where scientific presentations and museums are often in focus.

”I can’t take everyone by the hand and bring them to the storage. But what I can do is make an approximation of that. To create a kind of theatrical space where you feel like you have the opportunity to sense what it is like behind the scenes.”

Film in English.