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SIRI DERKERT [solo exhibition] May 30 – June 20, 2013

Andréhn-Schiptjenko proudly present the gallery’s first exhibition by Siri Derkert (1888-1973) . It is with great pleasure we thus start our collaboration with the estate of Siri Derkert, in preparation for a more extensive solo show.

The opening takes place on Thursday, May 30, 5 pm-7 pm.

The exhibition, presented in our projectroom, consists of a group of reliefs from the 1960’s made with bent band iron. The objects are expressive portraits of known and unknown people and resemble three-dimensional drawings, where the metal make up the drawn line. They are relatively unknown in the ouevre of Siri Derkert and many of them are shown for the first time at Andréhn-Schiptjenko. Originally, the band iron was pressed into concrete to form lines and shapes. Gradually, Siri Derkert started to bend the band iron into separate reliefs.

Ristningar i Naturbetong (Engravings in Concrete) in the subway station Östermalmstorg in Stockholm and Sverigeväggen (The Sweden Wall) on the wall of the Sweden House by Kungsträdgården in Stockholm are perhaps Siri Derkert’s most famous works. She represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1962 and had an extensive retrospective exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam the same year. Her works have been shown in two retrospectives at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (1960 and 2011).