Willumsen’s Museum has a long-standing tradition of ground-breaking, experimental exhibitions curated by artists. Based on J.F. Willumsen’s life and works, their often subjective approach and what they choose from the museum’s collection of art, letters, photographs and notebooks cast an ‘artist’s eye’ on the materials, presenting Willumsen in the company of other artists or alongside the works of the artist curator. In the past artists Arme og ben (1978), Kirsten Justesen (1987), Claus Carstensen and Christian Vind (2013) have curated exhibitions at the museum. In some cases the curation by artists becomes part of their artistic practice, and the exhibition a work of art.
Keeping the tradition alive, we have invited Danish artist Stense Andrea Lind-Valdan (b. 1985) to curate an exhibition with the title MAMA MIA. In MAMA MIA Lind-Valdan presents an original sensual, feminist-based curation of works by Willumsen from the museum’s collection, alongside works by leading contemporary artists from Denmark and abroad.
Stense Andrea Lind-Valdan, who also uses the initials SALV, is a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Her body of works, which includes drawing, photography, performance and text, constitutes a feminist practice investigating bodily experience using a range of media.