Ida Ekblad

Diary of a Madam (solo show)
Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, 7 February - 26 March 2017

Ida Ekblad, True Colorz, Detail, 2015, photo: Vegard Kleven
Ida Ekblad, True Colorz, Detail, 2015, photo: Vegard Kleven

The Kunsthaus Hamburg is showing Ida Ekblad’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany.

The paintings and sculptures by Ida Ekblad are a liberating force. Expressive gestures, flipper, airbrush, alien, garbage, puffyfied ink like on t-shirts from the 90s – Ida Ekblad’s artistic practice testifies to an anarchistic spirit which appropriates the outdated and discarded styles, motives and materials of western pop culture. Words or entire poems complement her energetic works. They possess rhythm and poetry.

Positioned on the edge of good taste, Ida Ekblad’s images provoke a strongly affective reaction. What on the one hand appears to be a celebration of ambivalent materials and aesthetics is at the same time a fight. This is also seen in Ida Ekblad’s new large-format pictures, in which pubertal graffiti and Murano vases shaped in puff-plastic encounter each other.

For the opening there will be a performance by the Norwegian singer Nils Bech in co-operation with Ida Ekblad. The sculptures produced for this context provide the stage for Nils Bech’s electronic pop music. The performance will take place at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and at the ICA Institute for Contemporary Art in London, as well.

Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg


Ida Ekblad

University of Disaster (group show)
Venice Biennale
National Pavilion Bosnia & Herzegovina, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice
13 May - 26 November 2017

Commissioner: Sarita Vujkovic, Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska. Curators: Christopher Yggdre, Fredrik Svensk, Sinziana Ravini, Ana van der Vliet in collaboration with Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Exhibitors: Radenko Milak in collaboration with Roman Uranjek and international guests (Lamin Fofana, Sidsel Meineche-Hansen, Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Loulou Cherinet, Geraldine Juárez with Joel Danielsson, Nils Bech with Ida Ekblad).