Pontus Kyander

About Pontus Kyander

•Art critic (AICA member), Curator, Fil. Lic. in Art History, TV producer/filmmaker.
•Writes art critique on a regular basis for Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Malmö, Sweden.
•Chief editor for the program FORMAT in Swedish Television (SVT).
•Writes annually about contemporary art for the Yearbook of the Swedish National Encyclopædia.
•Curator of the exhibitions  Nature of Man (1998), Waterfront (2000), sur face (2001), Dagr (2002), Ernesto Neto (2002), Overlap (2002), From Dust to Dusk (2003), Parallel Realities (2004) , Seoul: Until Now! (2005) (w. Jiyoon Lee). See details below.
Born 1959 in Tampere, Finland.
(Academic merits)
1988    Fil. Kand., Lund University, Sweden (Literature, History of Ideas, Finnish)
1993    Fil. Lic. in Art History, Lund University
1992-94        Member of the board of Skissernas Museum (Museum of the Sketches), Lund,
as graduate student representative.
1994-1998       Lecturer at Lund University, Dep. of Cultural Science and Dep. of Art History.
            Dissertation for Ph D still in process.
(Other merits, chronologically)
1994 –           Art Critic at Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Malmö.
Contributes to various newspapers and art magazines in Scandinavia (Taide, Konstperspektiv, Material, etc). Editorial member of the art magazine Heterogénesis.
1995    AICA member (International Association of Art Critics).
1996 –           Starts contributing international artist’s portraits to SVT (Public Swedish Television), Bildjournalen. Chief editor for the program during its last seasons 2003.2004.
1997-98        Editorial member of Konstperspektiv, the largest art magazine in Scandinavia.
1998                           Curates exhibition ”Nature of Man” at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden
Involving Tom Claassen (NL), Margarita Gluzberg (GB), Suchan Kinoshita (NL), Tracey Moffatt (Australia), Robert Moreau (Swe), Mariele Neudecker (GB), and Jake de Vos (NL).
 More than 36 000 visitors, reviewed in most major Swedish papers. Catalogue.
2000             Curates exhibition ”Waterfront” in Helsingborg (Sweden) and Elsinore (Denmark).
Involving 23 artists, among them Nedko Solakov, Jimmie Durham, Cho Duck-Hyun, KimYoung-Jin, Zhang Huan, Francis Alÿs, Mariele Neudecker, Margarita Gluzberg, Tom Claassen, A K Dolven, Maaria Wirkkala, Knut Åsdam, Carlos Garaicoa, Elina Brotherus, Ann Lislegaard, Avish Khebrezadeh. The show took place in various buildings and public spaces in the both cities and the ferries connecting them. Part of the cultural biennial ”Kulturbro 2000” in Sweden/Denmark. Catalogue.

2001                           Curates exhibition ”sur face”  at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden
Involving 14 international and Swedish artists: Chris Cunningham, Gary Hume, Yayoi Kusama, Ernesto Neto, Fanni Niemi-Junkola, Pipilotti Rist, Blaise Reuterswärd, Nina Roos, David Svensson, Marcia Thompson, Laureana Toledo, Francesco Vezzoli, Per Wizén, Miyon Yoon.
45 000 visitors. Reviewed in most major Swedish papers. Catalogue.
2002                           Curates exhibition ”Dagr” with young Norwegian artists at Caixa Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, May 8-28. Catalogue compiled but still not printed).
Curates ”Ernesto Neto: Passing Time, Passing Space” at Aarhus Kunstbygning, Aarhus, Denmark, August 31 to October 6. Catalogue.

Curates exhibition ”Overlap” with Marcia Thompson and Marcelo Krasilcic at Aarhus Kunstbygning. Catalogue. (parallell to previous show).

2003                           Curates exhibition ”From Dust to Dusk” (Oct 30-Dec 7) at Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen. Includes artists GaiaAlessi/Richard Bradbury, Christine Borland, Peter Ravn Callesen, Nina Fischer/Maroan El Sani, Rodney Graham, Shirazeh Houshiary, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Sora Kim, Henrietta Lehtonen, , Ernesto Neto, Mariele Neudecker, Rivane Neuenschwander, Cornelia Parker, Libia Perez de Soles de Catro/Olafur Arni Olafsson, Anna Nordquist Andersson, Bill Viola, Marko Vuokola, Haegue Yang, Carey Young. Catalogue.
2004                           Curates exhibition Parallel Realities at EWHA Women’s University campus, Seoul, Korea in May.
2005                           Curates exhibition “Seoul: Until Now! With 24 artists, Korean and other nationalities, working in Seoul.
Initiates and chief editor for contemporary arts program Format at SVT (Public Swedish TV).
Books and catalogues:
(Titles including translations/summaries in English or other general languages are written in bold.)
1989   Ossian Elgström. Bilder fran Västgrönland. Kulturperspektiv 6. Exhibition catalogue for The Peoples Museum, Stockholm.
1992                            Myter och manniskor. Grönland i Ossian Elgströms konst. Nuuk: Atuakkiorfik Swedish text. Book commissioned by The Nordic Institute in Greenland.
1995  Trevor Gould: ”African English Pavilion”. Jardin Botanique de Johannesburg. Exhibition catalogue for Canadian artist Trevor Gould at the Johannesburg Biennial 1995. Texts in English and French (also by Louis Cummins, Trevor Gould and Beate Ermacora).
1998                            Nature of Man. Lunds Konsthall, Sweden. text in Swedish and English.
Tom Claasen. Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam. Text in Dutch and English.
Jonas Theselius. Lunds Konsthall, Sweden. Text in Swedish.
Sommarskulpturen II. Museum Anna Nordlander, Skelleftea, Sweden. Individual essays on 10 female Nordic artists. Text in Swedish.
Hanna Stahle. Text in Swedish.
1999                            K G Nilson. Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (text also by Professor Ulf Linde). English Summary.
Freddy Fraek. Lunds Konsthall, Sweden. Text in English and Swedish.
Freddy Fraek. Galerie Denise René, Paris. Text in French.
Vandraren. Lunds Konsthall. Catalogue text in poetry and fiction, Text in Swedish.
2000                            Transitions. 10 Finnish Sculptors. Exhibition catalogue for Konstmuseet, Malmo and Kunsthalle Rostock. Texts on artists Jan-Erik Andersson, Pekka Jylha, Jaakko Niemela, Jukka Vikberg. Text in English.
Waterfront. Exhibition catalogue. Helsingborg-Helsingør. Part of the biennial Kulturbro 2000. Text in English, Swedish and Danish.
2001                            Maaria Wirkkala. Forskarcellerna. Catalogue for a public work by the Finnish artist Maaria Wirkkala at Center for Biomedicine in Lund, Sweden. The Swedish Art Council (Statens Konstråd). Texts in Swedish and English (also by Timo Valjakka and Bo Carpelan).
Konsten i Västra Hamnen. Catalogue documenting public art projects in the new city district Vastra Hamnen in Malmo. Commission by The Swedish Art Council (Statens Konstrad). Text in Swedish and English.
sur face. Exhibition catalogue. Lunds Konsthall, Sweden. Text in Swedish and English.
New European Artists. Ed. by E Lucie-Smith. Essay on Swedish artist Per Wizén. Various contributors/art critics from most of Europe. English.
Rött. Photos by Albert Wiking. Essay by Pontus Kyander. Text in Swedish.
Nedko Solakov. Chat. Catalogue for IASPIS-exhibition, Stockholm. Text in English.
Statens Konstrads Arsskrift nr 30, 2001 (Yearbook of the Swedish Art Council). Texts on public works by Maaria Wirkkala and Anders Soidre. Text in Swedish.
2002                            Ernesto Neto: Passing Time, Passing Space. Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark (text in English and Danish).
Overlap. Marcelo Krasilcic, Marcia Thompson. Aarhus Kunstbygning. Text in English and Danish.
Greyscale. Essay for artist Per Wizén in group show ”Greyscale” in Glasgow, Scotland. Text in English.
Black Box. Jaakko Niemela. Waino Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland. Text in English, Swedish and Finnish.
Norwegian Encyclopedia. Catalogue for ”Dagr. Young Artists from Norway”. Caixa de Galicia/CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (texts by artists, curator and others in various languages). English/Spanish translations. Edited/curated by PK (compiled but so far not printed).
2003  Platform 7. Essay for exhibition catalogue at Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall,
Copenhagen. Text in Swedish and English (to be published in August).
                      ”Betongmannen/Concrete Man. Libretto to an Opera Concrête in four scenes” in Messengers of Abraham. Exhibition catalogue for artist Stefan Lundgren. Lunds Konsthall. Text in Swedish and English.
                      Statens Konstrads Arsskrift nr 30, 2002 (Yearbook of the Swedish Art Council). Essay on public art works by Tony Cragg, A K Dolven and Mikael Pauli. Text in Swedish and English.
                      From Dust to Dusk. Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen. Editor and main contributor (other writers Charles Esche, Inger Christensen, Strindberg, Anders Piltz, Sappho, Ann Carson). Texts in Danish and English.
2004  Olo Group, exhibition text for Helsinki based artist group, for sculpture Biennale in Latvia. English.
                      Pot. Not Pot. Texts for artist’s book by Sture Johannesson (another essay also in his catalogue for Lunds Konsthall that year). Swedish.
                      Forskning Reflektion Utveckling. Högskolans konstnärliga institutioner och vägvalet inför framtiden. Rapport från ett seminarium. Panel discussion led by Carl Henrik Svenstedt. Swedish only.
2005   Tusenfryd. Essay for exhibition catalogue (cur. Göran Green) at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium. Norwegian and English.
                      Seoul: Until Now! City and Scene. Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall. Editor and contributor together with Jiyoon Lee. Various writers. Danish and English.
                      Cecilie Dahl. Clothes For a Summer Hotel. Essay for Norwegian artist Cecilie Dahl. English.
                      U-design. Essay on exoticism in art in book about design as foreign aid. Editor Salka Hallström Bornold. To be published late 2005. Swedish.
2006  Peter Callesen. Catalogue text for Danish artist. To be published early 2006. English.
A full list of articles in newspapers or magazines cannot be provided. They are estimated to 900-1000 individual reviews and general articles on mainly contemporary art.  My other writings includes essays, fiction and poetry.
For the Swedish Television (SVT), approx. 80 short documentaries etc. have been made by me 1996-2005, most of them contemporary artist’s portraits (dealing with Pipilotti Rist, William Kentridge, Vik Muniz, Willem Boshoff, Jõao Penalva, Suchan Kinoshita, Fernanda Gomes, Ernesto Neto, Mariele Neudecker, Paul McCarthy, Margarita Gluzberg, Joep van Lieshout, Tom Claassen, Cho Duck-hyun, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Bul, among others). Others are reports from art events and features on the situation on the global art scene. 2003 to 2005 I have been chief editor and basically responsible for the content of the programs Bildjournalen and Format at SVT.


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