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Blackboard – Teaching and learning from art

Past exhibition October 11, 2013 – January 19, 2014

The blackboard is associated with learning, but it is less known that the blackboard has been used by artists as a medium for knowledge throughout the modern era. Rudolf Steiner is a pioneer in using the blackboard as a pedagogical tool. Steiner’s ideas had many followers, not least Joseph Beuys who was the connecting link to contemporary artists such as Tacita Dean and Christian Marclay who have continued to work with the blackboard. It may seem peculiar that the blackboard has enjoyed a renaissance in contemporary art, not as a nostalgic trip back in time, but rather as a medium for knowledge that enters into dialogue with the audience, in the spirit of interactivity.


Rudolf Steiner, Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marcel Broodthaers, Elis Eriksson and Per Kirkeby(historical section). Bruce High Quality Foundation, Tacita Dean, Alejandro Guijarro, Christian Marclay, Josiah McElheny & Andrea Geyer, Tal R, Lars Siltberg and Gary Simmons (contemporary section).


During the exhibition period of Blackboard the work Chalkboard by Christian Marclay was interpreted by the following musicians on Saturdays and Sundays, 12 pm and 2 pm. The program was curated by Mats Gustafsson.

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