Cecilia Widenheim

Cecilia Widenheim is director of Tensta konsthall. During her time as director of Malmö Konstmuseum, she initiated several research projects based on the collection. Previously, she was director of Iaspis, the International Artists Studio Program in Stockholm, and prior to that, curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

  • Migration


    Traces in an Art Collection / Spår i en konstsamling

    Maria Lind and Cecilia Widenheim

    A survey and exhibition catalog looking at a century of the migrant experience as realized and expressed through art.

    How have artists over the past 150 years related to migration and exile? And what role can a museum play in times of mass migration? Taking as its starting point the 2019 exhibition Migration: Traces in an Art Collection, which featured more than a hundred works from Malmö Konstmuseum made between 1880 and today, this publication brings to light the radical approach of museum director Ernst Fischer, who in 1945 transformed the museum into a refugee shelter for survivors of German concentration camps. It also highlights the museum's long-forgotten Latvian Collection, comprised of art acquired in solidarity with the young Baltic nation and its exiles. Contrasting works by exiled artists such as Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Lotte Laserstein, Endre Nemes, and Peter Weiss further animate the discussion, as do the geopolitical concerns of Pia Arke, Öyvind Fahlström, and Charlotte Johannesson. Correspondingly, a conversation with the exhibition's curators foregrounds the ways in which today's artists reflect upon and articulate experiences of migration. Together, these re-readings of the collection and its potential contribute to an urgent debate on the role of museums in our time.


    Ernst Fischer, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Maria Lind, Lotte Løvholm, Joanna Warsza, and Cecilia Widenheim

    • Paperback $29.95
  • Voice Over

    Voice Over

    On Staging and Performative Strategies in Contemporary Art

    Cecilia Widenheim

    The publication Voice Over is the first part of an ongoing project examining staging, theatricality, and performative strategies in contemporary art practices. It includes contributions by the artists Miriam Bäckström, Goldin+Senneby, Saskia Holmkvist, Fia-Stina Sandlund, and by Geist magazine, staging the spheres of invisibility, the voices of corporate culture, the manipulative power of contemporary role play, in addition to a cinematic re-reading of an iconic theatre play, informed by feminist theory. It also includes an essay by curator and writer Anselm Franke—“Afterword on the Theatre of Transgression”—and an introduction by Iaspis' director, Cecilia Widenheim.

    Co-published with Iaspis

    • Paperback $22.00