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Dr. Matts Leiderstam

Researcher and External Visiting Lecturer in Fine Arts

Matts Leiderstam is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm. He obtained a PhD in Fine Arts at Malmö Art Academy in 2006 and studied painting at Valand Academy between 1984 and 1989. 
Leiderstam is currently working on the research project “What Does the Grid Do?,” with support from the Swedish Research Council. The project aims to focus on ways of seeing in relation to contemporary painting practices and to trace what it is that remains —the ruins, perhaps, of artistic knowledge connected to the grid, a concept deeply rooted in Western art history. How might the grid frame what it is that we inherit? Whether that be in the recent return to abstract painting, historically associated with the grid, or in the amplification of the uses of the grid in the context of a quantum shift in our time of today’s planetary-scale computing —in a culture dominated by the mediations of the screen. 
Selected solo exhibitions include Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam; Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Grazer Kunstverein; Salon MoCAB —Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz; and Magasin III, Stockholm. 
Selected group shows include Art Encounters Biennial, Timi șoara, Romania, 2019; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; 11th Shanghai Biennale; National Gallery Prague; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway; Fondazione Prada, Milan; 8th Berlin Biennale; Gasworks, London; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2010; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Third Guangzhou Triennial. 
Publications on and of his work include Matts Leiderstam: Panels (Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam, 2018); MOM/2011 /47 (and into the room swallows flew) (artist book, 2012); Matts Leiderstam: Seen from Here (Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2010); Matts Leiderstam: Nachbild/After Image (Argobooks, 2010); and his dissertation, “See and Seen: Seeing Landscape through Artistic Practice” (Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, 2006).

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E-mail: matts [dot] leiderstam [at] khm [dot] lu [dot] se

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Malmö Art Academy

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Malmö Art Academy