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Film på konstmuseum: Nationalmuseums möten med filmmediet 1945–1950
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Film in the art museum : Nationalmuseum’s encounters with the medium of film 1945–1950 (English)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation presents a number of previously-forgotten practices and ‘expected opportunities’ which surrounded film at the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts (Nationalmuseum), between 1945 and 1950. The dissertation is structured around three projects and each project has its own chapter. The three projects are: (1) the educational film production entitled Möte med konsten which took place in connection with the exhibition entitled God konst i hem och samlingslokaler; the exhibition entitled Viking Eggeling 1880–1925 which included (2) showings of Viking Eggeling’s abstract film called Diagonalsymfonin (Diagonal Symphony) in the exhibition and (3) the related film series called 30 år experimentfilm (30 years of experimental film) which included films by Maya Deren, Man Ray, Fernand Léger, Jean Cocteau, Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling. The purpose of this dissertation is primarily to investigate the areas of use and ‘expected opportunities’ associated with film in these film projects as well as the prerequisites and implementation of working with film at the museum.

Because media technologies are closely interwoven with human life, a number of individuals have been identified as important figures with respect to the curation and exhibition of film at Nationalmuseum between 1945 and 1950. The analysis of these figures’ speculations, their administration, and ‘expected opportunities’ has resulted in the creation of new knowledge with respect to the museum’s operations in post-war Sweden.

In summary, the present dissertation highlights the medium of film’s role and importance for those individuals inside Nationalmuseum who, in response to contemporary needs (but also with an eye to the future) worked towards developing the museum. Film was seen as an answer to the question of how an art museum such as Nationalmuseum might be able to revitalise its operations and remain relevant to a new generation’s tastes and habits with respect to the consumption of art- and culture. In their work with film, they opened up the museum’s art division to working with modern abstract art in non-conventional forms, attempted to reach new sectors of the public and reinforced the contemporary relevance of the museum in a local cultural context. This dissertation thus does not only present new knowledge about the history of film at the art museum, of which it is an obvious part of today, but also new knowledge about Nationalmuseum. From a broader perspective, this dissertation also demonstrates how it is possible take the field of art museum research in a somewhat different and relatively unexplored direction, namely, in the direction of media history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för kultur och estetik, Stockholms universitet , 2019. , p. 169
Keywords [en]
History of media, Film, Avant-garde film, Experimental film, Art film, Non-theatrical film, Educational film, Film exhibition, Art museum, Nationalmuseum, Viking Eggeling, Hans Richter, Museum of Modern Art, Iris Barry, FIAF, Film society
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Art History
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Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-174564ISBN: 978-91-7797-893-0 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7797-894-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-174564DiVA, id: diva2:1359172
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2019-11-21, Hörsal 8, hus D, Universitetsvägen 10 D, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-10-29 Created: 2019-10-08 Last updated: 2019-10-22Bibliographically approved

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