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Klara Liden

Lives in Berlin, Germany

Born 1979, Stockholm, Sweden

Visual Artist

Part of me is this poor architect dealing with the problem of existing structures in the city, part of me is this amateur dancer or performer who wants to return ideas of rhythm to the activity of building, or of re-appropriating the built environment. Building is also un-building, recycling or improvising new uses for what's already been set up in places like New York, Berlin or Stockholm, whether in a museum or in my own apartment, and the question of re-appropriating privatized, urban space always somehow begins with the body, its ways of moving and the temporalities it engages when it goes to work or opens up spaces of non-work in work. There is an idea of play that prefers not to decide what is and what isn't work, what is and what isn't useful in the activity of building. Use, most of the time, means diverting materials or spaces from their prescribed functions, inventing ways of making these things improper again. Aside from my interventions in galleries and museums, I have done things like set up a year-long, free postal service in Stockholm, built an underground house on city property in Berlin, removed advertisements from downtown areas, made music with my house keys and moon-walked around Lower Manhattan.

2004-2007 M.F.A., University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden

2000-2003 School of Architecture, the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


2009 Projects 89: Klara Liden, Museum of Modern Art New York Projects Series, New York, NY

2009 Klara Liden, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

2008 Elda för kråkorna, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY

2008 Klara Liden, The Hayward Gallery, London, England

2007 Unheimlich Manöver, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2006 Economy Class, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY

2005 Dr. 3000, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY


2008 After Nature, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

2008 Biennale Of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2007 One Season in Hell, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin, Germany

2007 Uncertain States of America, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

2007 Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia

2006 MUSIC IS A BETTER NOISE, P.S.1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

2006 Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany

Year Awarded 2009
Category Visual Arts
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