Entrance fee100 SEK
Dates23 sep - 19 feb
About the show
Eighteen Stations is the Patti Smith's first exhibition in Sweden. It centres around the her book, M Train from 2015: part memoir, part dreamscape, part elegy for the departed and for time itself. The artist describes the book as “a roadmap to my life.” 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. This exhibition is organised by Robert Miller Gallery and produced by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
About the artist
Patti Smith was born in 1946. She is an artist, performer, and poet who has had made her mark on the American cultural landscape throughout her long 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.