October 15, 2015

III in 3: A new series of short films on art as inspiration. First up: Bea Szenfeld.

We at Magasin III believe that art has the ability to challenge and inspire people and society. In everything we do we strive to give our visitors a discovery: about art, him- or herself, or our times.

Creators in the fields of film, music, dance, architecture, literature, fashion and design are constantly inspired by each other. In our new series of short films ”III in 3”, which refers to Magasin III as the location and the length of the films, we talk about art with invited guests.

First up is experimental fashion designer Bea Szenfeld. Together with one of Magasin III’s curators, Tessa Praun, she explores the current exhibition Markus Schinwald, which contains elements of fashion, film and psychology.

Two more films, with two new guests, will be released shortly.

See the film with Bea Szenfeld. (In Swedish)

For press enquiries please contact:

Jennifer Lindblad
Communications Manager
Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art
+46 (0) 72 549 05 47


Tessa Praun: Hi Bea, welcome to Magasin III!

Bea Szenfeld: Thank you.

TP: Do you have any idea what to expect today in the exhibition?

BS: Sometimes it can be liberating not to read too much before an exhibition. To instead see if the art can tell me something in itself.

BS: Okay… Am I supposed to go through that? How scary… It’s almost too modern for me! Too scary. (Pause) Wow… So beautiful! I recognize the sketches.

TP: The artist buys lithographs – 19th century portraits – then scans them into the computer. Then changes them, twists them, moves them around.

BS: Look! It’s his shirt! What a genius. Is this for real? Is it even possible to make something like this?

TP: Yeah, the idea is to make it look like it’s from the 1800s. So that even his additions look original.

BS: It’s a bit… It’s a bit fetishistic with the little we see now. There is an orderliness, and at the same time a madness. In a good way, in a funny way. It really stands out, that the artist really goes there …

TP: So this is similar to the way he works with the black and white portraits…

BS: Wow, look! It’s so beautiful, because to create such a deep you need to use so incredibly many layers. Wow, this is the best! ”I’m just sitting here, chewing on an apple.” And look! A distorted shoe!

TP: It’s called Curvings.

BS: This… Is…

TP: Initially, Markus thought that he wanted to become a fashion designer. He started off making conceptual clothing

BS: Six fingers on a glove – that’s conceptual. And no thumb. It’s awesome! There’s such a craft to paint acrylics, watercolors…

TP: Or to put together the machines…

BS: There’s no world without art. It’s impossible. When I came here I wondered, “What is this all about?” I felt Markus’s sense of fashion immediately, I experienced it as tiny messages. There was something in his manner of presenting – or how he worked with faces or whatever, that made me feel “this is really something.”

TP: Maybe it’s little winks from Markus to Bea?