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STARS IN ISAAC JULIEN FILM LESSONS OF THE HOUR


PHOTO © THIERRY BAL

Mikael Olsson stars in Lessons of the Hour, a multi-screen film and video installation by pioneering global media artist Isaac Julien commission by Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York.

Isaac Julien's work will be freely inspired by the lives of two of the most iconic residents of Rochester, NY: the visionary African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a freed slave who became the most photographed man of his generation, as well as his friend, anti-slavery and women’s rights activist Susan B Anthony.

Working with a series of vignettes and tableaux, such as the reconstruction of the photographic studio and gallery of James Presley Ball, Julien will explore key aspects of their activities in Rochester, as well as Douglass’s speaking tours of England in 1845 and 1859. Through extensive use of Frederick Douglass’s ‘timely words’, intertwined with special visual effects, as well as music and poetry from that time, Julien will create a multiple screen film installation, to be presented in early 2019.

Premier at Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester March 3, 2019 and Metro Pictures Gallery, New York early March 2019.



MARCH 3, 2019

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FORTHCOMING BOOK



"The images of Mikael Olsson are held by the tension between visual faculties and visual conventions, the reality of perception and the reality of vision, of the concrete and the abstract." Péter Nádas

In on | auf the Swedish artist Mikael Olsson undertakes a photographic study of the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron’s and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s temporary pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London 2012.

By investigating the traces of their creative processes in their archives, and exploring the relation between their pavilion and its shifting contexts, Olsson creates images that follow and go beyond the pavilion as object – visual narratives uncovering issues of memory, identity and perception.

The book includes an essay by author Péter Nádas entitled ’Loaned Landscapes, Borrowed Objects. The Real Space of the Image and the Representation of Space in Mikael Olsson’s Photography.’

Steidl Verlag
Publication date february/march 2019


A special first edition of the book, with a signed silver gelatin print on | auf 09, 24×30 cm, housed in a handmade clothbound box. Edition of 30 copies, plus 10 artist’s proofs, available directly from the artist.



FEBRUARY 15, 2019

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EXHIBITION: PUBLICERAT – FOTOBOKEN I SVERIGE




FEBRUARY 7, 2019

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JOSEF FRANK : VILLA CARLSTEN



Josef Frank: Villa Carlsten.
Mikael Bergquist. Photography: Mikael Olsson.
Park Books, Zürich.
27 x 22 cm
ISBN 978-3-03860-136-4

Release March 2019



JANUARY 17, 2019

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BEST OF 2018 ARTFORUM



DINNER SCENE IN RUBEN ÖSTLUND’S THE SQUARE (2017)
If Östlund’s satirical drama is remembered for one thing, it should be the dinner scene—a gripping, eight-minute sequence that begins as amusing entertainment and spirals into a brutal altercation. The film’s swipes at Minimalist and Conceptual art, overzealous PR executives, smug artists, and self-important white male curators are predictable, but this episode, with Terry Notary’s star turn as a scowling and swaggering ape, cuts to the core of human/animal behavior and the pitfalls of art-world complacency.


Artforum critic Pauline J. Yao (lead curator of Visual Art/ M+ Hong Kong) pics best of year 2018. The dinner scene in The Square by Ruben Östlund is no 5. Mikael Olsson appears in the film as an artist friend of the main character Christian (Claes Bang). In the famous dinner scene he engages in a conflict with Oleg (Terry Notary).

Each December Artforum invites a group of distinguished critics, curators, and artists from around the world to consider the year in art. Ten contributors count down their top ten highlights of 2018, while three others select the single exhibition that, for them, rose above the rest.



DECEMBER 24, 2018

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MOMA



Suspiria. 2018.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Suspiria. 2018. Italy/USA. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. 152 min.

Luca Guadagnino’s reimagining of Dario Argento’s iconic 1977 film is as fearless, bold, and lush as its predecessor. Amid unrest in a divided Berlin in the late 1970s, American Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) is admitted to Helena Markos’s world-renowned dance company. Unbeknownst to Susie, a mysterious force appears to have taken hold of many dancers in the company, causing unexplained psychological trauma and grotesque physical ailments. Simultaneously lurid and gorgeous, Guadagnino’s approach is as artful and delicate as his previous work, but uniquely embraces the darkness of the original film.
Courtesy of Amazon Studios.

Mikael Olsson stars as Agent Glockner in Suspiria.

The screening is part of The Contenders 2018.
Through January 8, 2019.
Every year there are films that resonate far beyond a theatrical release—if they manage to find their way to a commercial screen at all—or film festival appearance. Their significance can be attributed to a variety of factors, from structure to subject matter to language, but these films are united in their lasting impact on the cinematic art form. For this annual series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.
Organized by the Department of Film MoMA.



DECEMBER 7, 2018

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ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD



ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Suspiria was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino
Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Halla Thordardottir, Angela Winkler, Mikael Olsson, Fred Kelemen, Majon Van der Schot, Alek Wek, Clémentine Houdart, Olivia Ancona, Brigitte Cuvelier, Anne-Lise Brevers, Vanda Capriolo, Jessica Batut, Vincenza Modica, Marjolaine Uscotti, Charo Calvo, Sharon Campbell, Elfriede Hock, Iaia Ferri, Sara Sguotti, Stephanie McMann, Maria Bregianni, Navala 'Niko' Chaudhari, Greta Bohacek.

Mikael Olsson stars as Agent Glockner in Suspiria.

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom - Suspiria is nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY



NOVEMBER 18, 2018

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SUSPIRIA





Mikael Olsson as Agent Glockner and Fred Kelemen as Agent Albrecht star in Suspiria (2018) by Luca Guadagnino.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ingrid Caven, Angela Winkler, Elena Fokina, Renée Soutendijk. Screenplay by David Kajganich.
Courtesy of Amazon Studios.



NOVEMBER 9, 2018

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PUBLISHED: PHOTOBOOKS IN SWEDEN



Book launch of PUBLISHED - the first survey of Swedish photobooks at Paris Photo Fair at Institute Suedois, Paris.
Author Niclas Östlind. Design: Greger Ulf Nilson. Cover image: Mikael Olsson.
Interviews with Anders Petersen, Carl Johan Erikson and Björn Larsson, Bruno Ehrs, Matilda Plöjel, Marie Lundquist, Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt, Greger Ulf Nilson, Elsa Modin, Mikael Olsson, Helene Boström and Charlotte Ekbom.

The printing of the book is photographed by Mikael Olsson. It is also published in the inception and end of the book.



NOVEMBER 9, 2018

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DAZED & CONFUSED



Dazed & Confused:
You star in the Suspiria remake later this year. What can you say about your part in the film – and were you always a fan of Argento’s hyper-colourised surrealism?

Tilda Swinton:
Suspiria is a film Luca Guadagnino and I have talked about making a ‘cover’ of for years. We are dyed-in-the-wool fans of Dario Argento’s classic and we’re happy to be in the middle of completing our film. We shot in Italy and Berlin over the winter (and are) now cutting. I play Madame Blanc, a highly respected choreographer and director of the Markos Dance Company. The film is a universe of dance and magic and the radical politics of 70s Berlin. We shot with a cast of 38 women – including the great Ingrid Caven, Mia Goth, Renee Slouterdijk, Angela Winkler, Dakota Johnston, Chloë (Grace) Moretz, Sylvie Testud and the wonderful Jessica Harper, who starred in Argento’s original – and three men: filmmaker Fred Kelemen, photographer Mikael Olsson and psychoanalyst Lutz Ebersdorf. It’s going to be wild and very much its own animal.



NOVEMBER 6, 2018

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STARS IN ISAAC JULIEN FILM LESSONS OF THE HOUR


PHOTO © THIERRY BAL

Mikael Olsson stars in Lessons of the Hour, a multi-screen film and video installation by pioneering global media artist Isaac Julien commission by Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York.

Isaac Julien's work will be freely inspired by the lives of two of the most iconic residents of Rochester, NY: the visionary African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a freed slave who became the most photographed man of his generation, as well as his friend, anti-slavery and women’s rights activist Susan B Anthony.

Working with a series of vignettes and tableaux, such as the reconstruction of the photographic studio and gallery of James Presley Ball, Julien will explore key aspects of their activities in Rochester, as well as Douglass’s speaking tours of England in 1845 and 1859. Through extensive use of Frederick Douglass’s ‘timely words’, intertwined with special visual effects, as well as music and poetry from that time, Julien will create a multiple screen film installation, to be presented in early 2019.

Premier at Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester March 3, 2019 and Metro Pictures Gallery, New York early March 2019.



MARCH 3, 2019

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FORTHCOMING BOOK



"The images of Mikael Olsson are held by the tension between visual faculties and visual conventions, the reality of perception and the reality of vision, of the concrete and the abstract." Péter Nádas

In on | auf the Swedish artist Mikael Olsson undertakes a photographic study of the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron’s and the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s temporary pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London 2012.

By investigating the traces of their creative processes in their archives, and exploring the relation between their pavilion and its shifting contexts, Olsson creates images that follow and go beyond the pavilion as object – visual narratives uncovering issues of memory, identity and perception.

The book includes an essay by author Péter Nádas entitled ’Loaned Landscapes, Borrowed Objects. The Real Space of the Image and the Representation of Space in Mikael Olsson’s Photography.’

Steidl Verlag
Publication date february/march 2019


A special first edition of the book, with a signed silver gelatin print on | auf 09, 24×30 cm, housed in a handmade clothbound box. Edition of 30 copies, plus 10 artist’s proofs, available directly from the artist.



FEBRUARY 15, 2019

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JOSEF FRANK : VILLA CARLSTEN



Josef Frank: Villa Carlsten.
Mikael Bergquist. Photography: Mikael Olsson.
Park Books, Zürich.
27 x 22 cm
ISBN 978-3-03860-136-4

Release March 2019



JANUARY 17, 2019

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BEST OF 2018 ARTFORUM



DINNER SCENE IN RUBEN ÖSTLUND’S THE SQUARE (2017)
If Östlund’s satirical drama is remembered for one thing, it should be the dinner scene—a gripping, eight-minute sequence that begins as amusing entertainment and spirals into a brutal altercation. The film’s swipes at Minimalist and Conceptual art, overzealous PR executives, smug artists, and self-important white male curators are predictable, but this episode, with Terry Notary’s star turn as a scowling and swaggering ape, cuts to the core of human/animal behavior and the pitfalls of art-world complacency.


Artforum critic Pauline J. Yao (lead curator of Visual Art/ M+ Hong Kong) pics best of year 2018. The dinner scene in The Square by Ruben Östlund is no 5. Mikael Olsson appears in the film as an artist friend of the main character Christian (Claes Bang). In the famous dinner scene he engages in a conflict with Oleg (Terry Notary).

Each December Artforum invites a group of distinguished critics, curators, and artists from around the world to consider the year in art. Ten contributors count down their top ten highlights of 2018, while three others select the single exhibition that, for them, rose above the rest.



DECEMBER 24, 2018

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MOMA



Suspiria. 2018.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Suspiria. 2018. Italy/USA. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. 152 min.

Luca Guadagnino’s reimagining of Dario Argento’s iconic 1977 film is as fearless, bold, and lush as its predecessor. Amid unrest in a divided Berlin in the late 1970s, American Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) is admitted to Helena Markos’s world-renowned dance company. Unbeknownst to Susie, a mysterious force appears to have taken hold of many dancers in the company, causing unexplained psychological trauma and grotesque physical ailments. Simultaneously lurid and gorgeous, Guadagnino’s approach is as artful and delicate as his previous work, but uniquely embraces the darkness of the original film.
Courtesy of Amazon Studios.

Mikael Olsson stars as Agent Glockner in Suspiria.

The screening is part of The Contenders 2018.
Through January 8, 2019.
Every year there are films that resonate far beyond a theatrical release—if they manage to find their way to a commercial screen at all—or film festival appearance. Their significance can be attributed to a variety of factors, from structure to subject matter to language, but these films are united in their lasting impact on the cinematic art form. For this annual series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.
Organized by the Department of Film MoMA.



DECEMBER 7, 2018

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ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD



ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Suspiria was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino
Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Halla Thordardottir, Angela Winkler, Mikael Olsson, Fred Kelemen, Majon Van der Schot, Alek Wek, Clémentine Houdart, Olivia Ancona, Brigitte Cuvelier, Anne-Lise Brevers, Vanda Capriolo, Jessica Batut, Vincenza Modica, Marjolaine Uscotti, Charo Calvo, Sharon Campbell, Elfriede Hock, Iaia Ferri, Sara Sguotti, Stephanie McMann, Maria Bregianni, Navala 'Niko' Chaudhari, Greta Bohacek.

Mikael Olsson stars as Agent Glockner in Suspiria.

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom - Suspiria is nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY



NOVEMBER 18, 2018

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SUSPIRIA





Mikael Olsson as Agent Glockner and Fred Kelemen as Agent Albrecht star in Suspiria (2018) by Luca Guadagnino.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ingrid Caven, Angela Winkler, Elena Fokina, Renée Soutendijk. Screenplay by David Kajganich.
Courtesy of Amazon Studios.



NOVEMBER 9, 2018

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PUBLISHED: PHOTOBOOKS IN SWEDEN



Book launch of PUBLISHED - the first survey of Swedish photobooks at Paris Photo Fair at Institute Suedois, Paris.
Author Niclas Östlind. Design: Greger Ulf Nilson. Cover image: Mikael Olsson.
Interviews with Anders Petersen, Carl Johan Erikson and Björn Larsson, Bruno Ehrs, Matilda Plöjel, Marie Lundquist, Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt, Greger Ulf Nilson, Elsa Modin, Mikael Olsson, Helene Boström and Charlotte Ekbom.

The printing of the book is photographed by Mikael Olsson. It is also published in the inception and end of the book.



NOVEMBER 9, 2018

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→ Institute Suedois, Paris.




DAZED & CONFUSED



Dazed & Confused:
You star in the Suspiria remake later this year. What can you say about your part in the film – and were you always a fan of Argento’s hyper-colourised surrealism?

Tilda Swinton:
Suspiria is a film Luca Guadagnino and I have talked about making a ‘cover’ of for years. We are dyed-in-the-wool fans of Dario Argento’s classic and we’re happy to be in the middle of completing our film. We shot in Italy and Berlin over the winter (and are) now cutting. I play Madame Blanc, a highly respected choreographer and director of the Markos Dance Company. The film is a universe of dance and magic and the radical politics of 70s Berlin. We shot with a cast of 38 women – including the great Ingrid Caven, Mia Goth, Renee Slouterdijk, Angela Winkler, Dakota Johnston, Chloë (Grace) Moretz, Sylvie Testud and the wonderful Jessica Harper, who starred in Argento’s original – and three men: filmmaker Fred Kelemen, photographer Mikael Olsson and psychoanalyst Lutz Ebersdorf. It’s going to be wild and very much its own animal.



NOVEMBER 6, 2018

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