Animate series presents Lars Arrhenius Turku Art Museum, Darkroom, 16 Sep – 13 Nov 2011

Animate series presents Lars Arrhenius
Turku Art Museum, Darkroom, 16 Sep – 13 Nov 2011
Media preview on Thursday, 15 September 2011 at 11am, at Turku Art Museum, Aurakatu 26, Turku.

The Animate exhibition series presents The Big Store (2008, 8 min.), an animation by the Swedish artist Lars Arrhenius (b. 1966). The film depicts events in the NK department store in Stockholm prior to the murder of the Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh (1957–2003)

A view from a surveillance camera shows us the picture, played in the media, of the murderer stepping into the department store. Soon Arrhenius’s film develops X-ray vision, showing a skeleton moving in the store with other skeletons. The mood in the department store is relaxed, people are looking at clothes and browsing records, talking with each other and on the phone. Everything seems to be fine. On the escalator, people move up and down, singly or in groups. Knowing that the murderer is among them, the viewer feels compelled to try to single him out. The plot thickens. Finally the murderer strikes with his knife and the wounded Lindh falls down. All sounds disappear. The logo of the NK store keeps revolving on the roof when the sound of ambulances is heard.

This year, the audience watching Lars Arrhenius’s The Big Store cannot but be affected by knowledge of what happened in Norway. Just as in Sweden in 2003, the original target of the attack on the island of Utya was a politician. The setting of both events were unexpected. Even though the sites were public, the murderer seemed to have penetrated into a highly personal sphere. Lars Arrhenius says he was shocked by the murder of Anna Lindh, and claims that it marked the end of the social democratic Swedish welfare state. In the animation, the Swedish department store is empty, no products are visible. The X-ray vision draws attention to the movements of people. The distanced viewer can focus on the essential: human action.

MEETING WITH THE ARTIST: On Thursday 15 September 2011 Lars Arrhenius will give a talk about his artistic practice in the Kuvateatteri of the Turku Arts Academy (Linnankatu 54-60) starting at 2pm. Admission is free and the meeting is open to the public.

ANIMATE exhibition series:
Turku Art Museum Darkroom: Animation Training Wheel (FI) 18 November 2011 – 15 January 2012
Pori Art Museum, Media Point: Timo Vaittinen (FI) 30 September – 30 October
Turku Anikists and Animation Training Wheel (FI) 1–27 November
European contemporary animation, curator Anna Daneri (IT) 29 November 2011 – 15 January 2012


The Animate exhibition series is part of the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture Programme. It explores the role of animation as an independent contemporary art form and as part of the visual arts. Animate is a collaboration project between the Turku Art Museum, the Pori Art Museum and the Turku University of Applied Sciences/Animation programme.


Jenny Nybom, Curator
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