Magasin III – a brief history.
At the beginning of the 1980s, Robert Weil and I discussed the idea of starting an alternative platform for contemporary visual art in Stockholm. At a time when the New York City art scene was a strong cultural influence, Magasin III initially drew significant inspiration from the US and especially from New York.
During these first years, we worked under a kind of unspoken mantra that we in Sweden would “lose out” if Magasin III didn’t step in to fill a gap. It became clear that we could act as an important arena for art both nationally and in Scandinavia; the opportunities to invite and introduce the international art scene to Magasin III seemed limitless.
For nearly thirty years, Magasin III has invited artists to develop, change, and experiment with their artistic practice. We have always started with an idea and almost never asked: “Is this possible?” Perhaps this is why artists have always been our strongest supporters. These brilliant individuals continue to explore our world and return to us at Magasin III from time to time to present their latest thoughts.
This unique vision, along with generous operative support and the belief that art and culture are naturally central elements in society, comes from Robert Weil, chairman of The Robert Weil Family Foundation and Proventus. Driven by the belief that the creative process has a great deal to offer other fields and individuals, he has, through his personal commitment, ensured the growth of Magasin III from a smaller alternative art space into an unparalleled museum of contemporary art.
From day one, those of us who work at Magasin III have had a strong foundation for carrying out this particular endeavor. Through the new website you can take part in our accomplishments over the years: collaborations with numerous artists that have led to the creation of new artworks, exhibitions, public talks, podcasts, films, books, concerts and performances, and not least the formation of our remarkable collection. I hope it is apparent what an incredible journey this has been, and that our determination has successfully contributed to the creation of new art.
With this record of success, we move forward with new challenges: diligent efforts to expand, conserve and exhibit a fascinating collection that as a whole reflects much of our work, to increase accessibility to our history, to foster the development of satellite projects out in the world, and not least to continue to deepen our relationships with art and artists.
Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art is an independent cultural institution under the auspices of the privately-owned Proventus Group.
The Family Robert Weil Foundation, dedicated to public benefit, has as one of its aims to promote the arts.
David Neuman, Chairman Magasin III
Robert Weil, Chairman Proventus AB and Family Robert Weil Foundation
Sandra Weil, Freelance Curator, Tel Aviv
Lars Nilsson, Artist, Stockholm
Ann-Sofi Noring, Deputy Director Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Richard Julin, Artistic Director Accelerator at Stockholms university
Tessa Praun, Museum Director & Chief Curator Magasin III (adjunct)
On January 20, Magasin III Jaffa opened its doors for the first time with zerubbabel – a solo exhibition with Israel-born American artist Haim Steinbach. The exhibition marks the launch of a diverse program that will feature both international and local artists in Jaffa, greater Tel Aviv. Magasin III Jaffa is located on 34 Olei Zion a residential neighborhood that borders with Jaffa’s famous flea market at the center of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim populations of Jaffa. The site was chosen for its location as well as architectural qualities.
“The space has been carefully planned so that exhibitions can be viewed at any time of the day or night, curated with a special emphasis on also being viewed from the outside.”David Neuman, Chairman Magasin III.
The General Manager of Magasin III Jaffa, Karmit Galili, says: “This is a truly exciting addition to our city. The satellite defines Magasin III’s longstanding involvement with the cultural scene in Israel. The area where Magasin III Jaffa is located has a rich and mixed history and we are very much looking forward to contributing to it and engaging with new audiences.”
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”Magasin III’s commitment to the Curating art program at Stockholm University has existed from the very beginning—planning the program was personally an incredibly important phase in my life. It is with an overwhelming degree of pride that I see all these promising curators working in the cultural sector today. Many of ”our” curators have become colleagues, dear friends, and not least strong visionaries for our profession. An ongoing success story…”
David Neuman, Chairman of Magasin III and one of the founders of the Curating Art program.
The following information is from the Stockholm University:
The international Master programme Curating Art is a two-year curatorial education established and developed in 2003 as a joint enterprise between Stockholm University at the Department of Art History and managed through a systematic collaboration with affiliated curators, mainly at Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art. Its full name – Curating Art: International Master Programme in Curating Art, including Management and Law – reflects the curator’s internationalised, professional role and job market. With this as starting point, we wish to focus on the presentation and understanding of art and art exhibitions, including aspects connected to management, organization, institutional frameworks, and legal issues.
Magasin III is one of the initiators of Accelerator, a space where culture meets science, at Stockholm University.
A former physics laboratory at the Stockholm University will be transformed into Accelerator—a unique new arena for exhibitions, screenings, talks and interdisciplinary projects connecting the humanities, social science and science departments.
The idea for Accelerator has been in development for a long time and was initiated by David Neuman, Museum Director at Magasin III and Affiliated Professor at Stockholm University’s MA program Curating Art; and Professor Margaretha Rossholm-Lagerlöf. Magasin III has been involved with the Curating Art program since 2003 and this longstanding commitment between the institutions will now enter a new phase as Magasin III becomes the first strategic and financial partner of the project.
Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University, is spokesperson for the project. Professor Johan Kleman, who has has previous experience in building new enterprises and structures within the university, has been appoitned pro tem director of Accelerator during the construction phase, and senior advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on strategic partnerships.
The underground Manne Siegbahn accelerator hall boasts 1,700-square meters of floor space and a 7-meter ceiling height; it lies just two minutes from the subway stop Universitetet. Akademiska hus will be responsible for the renovation, which will meet strict climate requirements essential for exhibiting sensitive art on loan. The project is scheduled to open in 2017.
Read more about Accelerator here
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