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Melted Snow (publication)
Published by Kunsthalle Zürich / Lenz 2022

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Published by Kunsthalle Zürich and Lenz Press, Ida Ekblad's long-awaited first monograph, Melted Snow, presents 398 illustrations alongside essays by Daniel Baumann, Martha Kirszenbaum, and Stian Grøgaard, and a conversation between the artist and Agnes Moraux. The book now available for purchase on the Galerie Max Hetzler publications website. 

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Houses of Tove Jansson (group show)
8 Impasse de Mont-Louis, Paris
29 September – 29 October 2023

Installation view, Houses of Tove Jansson, Paris, 2023, © Moomin Characters, Tove Jansson Estate, and The Community
Installation view, Houses of Tove Jansson, Paris, 2023, © Moomin Characters, Tove Jansson Estate, and The Community

Works by Ida Ekblad are included in Houses of Tove Jansson, the first exhibition to explore the prolific life and career of the late Finnish artist and writer Tove Jansson – widely known as the creator of the Moomins. Curated by The Community, a Parisian art institution, and organised in collaboration with Jansson’s estate and company ‘Moomin Characters’, the exhibition focuses on the major cultural significance and the artistic output of Jansson, shedding light on her life story, literary and artistic work, and highlighting the universal and timeless themes of her oeuvre. For the first time, Jansson’s work will be in dialogue with work by contemporary artists.

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Installation view, Houses of Tove Jansson, Paris, 2023, © Moomin Characters, Tove Jansson Estate, and The Community
Installation view, Houses of Tove Jansson, Paris, 2023, © Moomin Characters, Tove Jansson Estate, and The Community

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ReCollect! (group show)
Kunsthaus Zürich
From 1 September 2023

Installation view: ReCollect!, Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich
Installation view: ReCollect!, Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich

Ida Ekblad and Matias Faldbakken will participate in ReCollect!, a new project which invites contemporary artists to curate parts of the Kunsthaus Zürich’s permanent collection. In presenting the museum’s collection in dialogue with their own works, the artists seek to question and reshape the established canon. For ReCollect!, Ekblad and Faldbakken will collaborate for the first time, creating a joint installation in which they interpret selected works from the Kunsthaus Collection, as seen through their own artistic practice. Their gestures open up new perspectives on the way the holdings are displayed and bring the work of women artists into focus. Alongside Ekblad and Faldbakken, Peruvian artist Daniela Ortiz and the Swiss collective Hulda Zwingli have also been invited to participate in the series.

Kunsthaus Zürich

Installation view: ReCollect!, Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich
Installation view: ReCollect!, Kunsthaus Zürich, 2023, photo: Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich

MATTHEW BARNEY, IDA EKBLAD, MARTIN KIPPENBERGER, JEFF KOONS, PAUL McCARTHY, ALBERT OEHLEN, THOMAS STRUTH, CHRISTOPHER WOOL et al.

Before Tomorrow – Astrup Fearnley Museet 30 Years (group show)
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
22 June – 8 October 2023

Installation view: Before Tomorrow, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, 2023, photo: Christian Øen
Installation view: Before Tomorrow, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, 2023, photo: Christian Øen

Works by Matthew Barney, Ida Eklbad, Albert Oehlen, and Christopher Wool are included in Before Tomorrow – an extensive group exhibition celebrating the hidden treasures and recent acquisitions of the Astrup Fearnley Collection in celebration of its thirtieth anniversary. The selected works represent various time periods and highlight a number of key directions that have come to define the identity of the collection and the museum more broadly.

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Installation view: Before Tomorrow, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, 2023, photo: Christian Øen
Installation view: Before Tomorrow, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, 2023, photo: Christian Øen

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STRANGE FREEDOMS SHALL BE SOUGHT (solo show)
KODE Art Museum, Bergen
23 May – 8 October 2023

Installation view: STRANGE FREEDOMS SHALL BE SOUGHT, KODE Art Museum, Bergen, 2023, photo: Dag Fosse, courtesy of © Ida Ekblad and KODE
Installation view: STRANGE FREEDOMS SHALL BE SOUGHT, KODE Art Museum, Bergen, 2023, photo: Dag Fosse, courtesy of © Ida Ekblad and KODE

Six monumental cast iron sculptures by Ida Ekblad will be presented in the artist’s solo exhibition Strange Freedoms Shall Be Sought. Ekblad pays tribute to the long and rich history of iron as an ancient material which is traditionally used in Norway to cast stoves. Until the 20th century, these stoves were often decorated with reliefs of fairytale figures or religious symbols designed by Norwegian artists and architects. Ekblad continues this tradition in her minimalistic and monumental designs. A closer look reveals elaborate reliefs, silhouettes on feet and pipes, and mysterious phrases that draw the viewer into the artist’s genre-breaking universe.

KODE Art Museum

Installation view: STRANGE FREEDOMS SHALL BE SOUGHT, KODE Art Museum, Bergen, 2023, photo: Dag Fosse, courtesy of © Ida Ekblad and KODE
Installation view: STRANGE FREEDOMS SHALL BE SOUGHT, KODE Art Museum, Bergen, 2023, photo: Dag Fosse, courtesy of © Ida Ekblad and KODE

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ARTZUID 2023 (group show)
19 May – 24 September 2023

Ida Ekblad, BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022 © Ida Ekblad, photo: JWKaldenbach-ARTZUID 2023
Ida Ekblad, BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022 © Ida Ekblad, photo: JWKaldenbach-ARTZUID 2023

Ida Ekblad’s sculpture BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022, is now on view as part of ARTZUID, the leading Sculpture Biennale of the Netherlands. Bringing together fifty sculptures by internationally renowned artists on Amsterdam’s Apollolaan and Minervalaan, the eight edition of ARTZUID reflects the theme of Transfer.

Ekblad's monumental painted bronze sculpture combines fragments from the artist’s expressive paintings. Conveying a rich sense of abundance and corporality, the work presents a vibrant composition filled with fragmented, angular patterns and shapes, merging elements of figuration and abstraction.

Ida Ekblad, BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022 © Ida Ekblad, photo: JWKaldenbach-ARTZUID 2023
Ida Ekblad, BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022 © Ida Ekblad, photo: JWKaldenbach-ARTZUID 2023

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A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021
now part of the collection of the Kistefos Sculpture Park

Installation view: A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Oslo, 2021, photo: Vegard Kleven, reproduced with permission from Kistefos Museum and Peder Lund
Installation view: A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Oslo, 2021, photo: Vegard Kleven, reproduced with permission from Kistefos Museum and Peder Lund

Ida Ekblad's A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES is now part of the collection of the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway. Hand-painted, this momumental, site-specific sculpture is the largest sculptural work of the artist to date.

Structurally, the work is composed of four parts that are assembled by applying the cubist method of a jigsaw-puzzle-like composition of elements that are outlined in flat surfaces. Ekblad reinvigorates the technique and creates a multi-perspective synthesis of mind and memory. While the cubists most often de- and reconstructed a figurative element, Ekblad mainly uses abstract patterns in her compositions, like the maritime blue and the white Breton stripes which unfold like butterfly wings in the topmost element of the sculpture.

The mind is inhabited with trillions of pieces and here is where my source material naturally derives from or is being molded; I chop it and pitch it and move it about, turn it inside out, block print it and roll it up. Although it could be old moldy memories or references, I search for a “futurism” of it all. Whether clogged up of dystopian Philip K Dick-esque nightmares or very sweet, sad post-rave after-glow introspective moods. I hope, like William Wordsworth, that my future mind “Shall be a mansion for all lovely forms”.
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 – Ida Ekblad 

Kistefos Sculpture Park

Installation view: A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Oslo, 2021, photo: Vegard Kleven, reproduced with permission from Kistefos Museum and Peder Lund
Installation view: A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Oslo, 2021, photo: Vegard Kleven, reproduced with permission from Kistefos Museum and Peder Lund

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Minigraph: Ida Ekblad in conversation with Joe Bradley (publication)

Photo: Leonie Merkl, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Photo: Leonie Merkl, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

A Minigraph was published on the occasion of Ida Ekblad's exhibition GIRL FIRES UP STOVE at Kunstnernes Hus. The publication includes a conversation between Ekblad and the American artist Joe Bradley.

"Painting to me works like a secret, like shrouded poetry, it's a container of a very precise language, much more articulate than any language formed by alphabets could ever dream of being." – Ida Ekblad

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Photo: Leonie Merkl, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Photo: Leonie Merkl, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

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The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020
now part of the collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Ida Ekblad, The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020. Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet, © Ida Ekblad
Ida Ekblad, The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020. Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet, © Ida Ekblad

Ida Ekblad's The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020 is now part of the collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Moderna Museet Stockholm

Ida Ekblad, The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020. Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet, © Ida Ekblad
Ida Ekblad, The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020. Photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet, © Ida Ekblad