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Foto: © Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved.


Lee Miller – War and Fashion

September 8–March 4, 2018
Gallery 3

Who was Lee Miller? Undoubtedly a complex and extraordinary woman. After she died at the age of 70 in 1977, the wife of her son Antony Penrose found a hoard of pictures which Lee Miller had hidden away, repressed and ignored. She was recognised for her work as a war correspondent, photographically witnessing everything from the hell in the Nazi death camps to the liberation of Paris in 1944. In between, her life as a successful model, the muse of Surrealism, and Man Ray’s lover, was frequently in the media.

On the one hand a pragmatic, adventurous seeker of truth. On the other – according to conventional views – a (beautiful) source of inspiration for male artists. But Lee Miller was nobody’s belle, she was an independent, active woman, regardless of what she turned her attention to, be it the terrors of the Second World War or gourmet cooking.

She didn’t say much about her career as a fashion photographer, and neither did anyone else, since portrayals of war outshine narratives of fashion.  But nothing impacts on fashion as profoundly as wars. The destruction of war causes everyday situations that lead not only to change but also to renewal in fashion. Fashion is a litmus paper for its own era, revealing everything from social circumstances to ideas about the future.

This exhibition features several photographs that have never before been shown in public. The exhibition is produced by Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

Guided tours on Sundays at 15:00 (in English)
December: 3/12, 17/12 & 31/12 (New Year's Eve – the gallery is open at 12–16)

In Swedish

The Free Photographers’ Department 2018

March 2 – April 22, 2018
Gallery 5

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is a public, cultural place for everyone. With the Free Photographers’ Department 2018, we have given everybody the opportunity to exhibit their own photographs.

The exhibition includes one hundred participants, from professional photographers to complete beginners. What they have in common is a passion for photography. Genre, style, blurry, documentary, staged or even a paraphrase – everything is ok.

The rules for participation were simple:
* First come, first served
* Participants must be at least 18 years old
* The photographs must fit into a specified space

Participating photographers.

This is the second time we present the Free Photographer’s Department at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. The first occasion was in 2016 following an idea of Karina Ericsson Wärn, former Director for Art/Design and Fashion at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern:

"In the 1980s, some friends and I ran the Gauss Photographic Gallery. We showed exhibitions with photographers who today are highly respected, but we were mostly interested in presenting powerful narratives, no matter who had stood behind the camera.

And in order to give everybody a chance, we launched the Free Photographers’ Department – an exhibition without barriers, open for anyone. You could see it as a project in practical democracy."

Welcome to the Free Photographers’ Department 2018!

In Swedish