This Will Not End Well by Nan Goldin

This fall, Moderna Museet in Stockholm presents This Will Not End Well by Nan Goldin, a comprehensive retrospective of the filmmaker, multimedia artist, and storyteller's career. One of the most high-profile artists of our time, Nan Goldin has had a major influence on younger generations for decades. Mostly known as a photographer, the retrospective exhibition at Moderna Museet is the first to present her as a filmmaker comprehensively.

The exhibition is comprised of six artworks and explores a variety of subjects. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1981–2022) is her magnum opus, a slideshow that presents nearly 700 images from her life in New York during the 1970s and ’80s; throughout the reel, the artist lies in bed with her lover, drag queens kiss in bars, and the AIDS epidemic ravages the photographer’s community; The Other Side (1992– 2021) a historical portrait produced as an homage to her trans friends whom she photographed 1972–2010; Sisters, Saints and Sibyls (2004–2022) a testament to the trauma of families and suicide; Fire Leap (2010–2022) a foray into the world of children; Memory Lost (2019–2021) a claustrophobic journey through drug withdrawal; and Sirens (2019–2020) a trip into drug ecstasy.

Installed throughout six unique buildings, Kvadrat is proud to support the exhibition with 2600 meters of Divina 3 and Divina Melange 3 by Finn Sködt, and Balboa by Sahco, each constituting respectively the interior, exterior and light lock layer of the six buildings.


Credits to Nan Goldin, HW architecture and architect Hala Wardé.
Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet 2022


Moderna Museet

29 October 2022 – 26 February 2023
Monday closed
Tuesday 10 – 20
Wednesday – Thursday 10 – 18
Friday 10 – 20
Saturday – Sunday 10 – 18

About Nan Goldin 

Nan Goldin is an American photographer and activist. Her work often explores LGBT subcultures, moments of intimacy, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the opioid epidemic. Recognized as a pioneer of diaristic photography, Goldin has exhibited at the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tate Modern, among other prestigious institutions. Her work has sold for six figures at auction. In 2017, Goldin founded the influential organization P.A.I.N., with the goal to hold the Sackler family responsible for their role in the opioid crisis. Goldin lives and works in New York City, Berlin, and Paris. 


About Moderna Museet 

Moderna Museet is one of Europe’s leading museums for modern and contemporary art. We collect, preserve, share and exhibit modern art from the early 20th century and photography from 1840 and onwards. The museum opened in 1958, when was moved from the Nationalmuseum into a former navy drill hall on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. The current building was completed in 1998, adjoining the old museum premises, and is designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.

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