Sunday, 28 July 2013

Scandinavian Pain

ABBA is still a big deal in Sweden.  A museum dedicated to them was just opened in Stockholm less than three months ago.  Of course I didn't go as far as Stockholm.  But who doesn't love ABBA's candy-coated melancholic tunes (guilty pleasure)?  I was in Malmö.  Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson's neon sign spells out the lyrical gloom of the Nordic countries.  Emotionally charged works by Edvard Munch are viewed in this new light at Moderna Museet Malmö's current exhibition Scandinavian Pain, where Kjartansson also performed a cover version of ABBA's The Winner Takes It All.

Kjartansson's performance:

Video from peggysuewashere's youtube channel

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