This summer: the 70s inspired Bucky Dome behind Moderna Museet and Arkitekturmuseet Stockholm

This summer, Stockholmers can experience a revival of “those wonderful, happy days on Skeppsholmen”. The era referred to is that of the 1950s-1970s, during which Pontus Hultén was director of Moderna Museet and shaped it into one of the most dynamic art institutions of its time. Not only was he one of the main figures in connecting the European and American art scenes, but with his evening events, film screenings and happenings he also redefined the institution museum.




Between May and September 2012, Moderna Museet and Arkitekturmuseet will present a series of concerts, performances and workshops in a small Buckminster Fuller dome in the garden behind the collaborating museums. The initiative is a reference to a similar dome built by Bengt Carling and Moderna Museet in 1971. During that summer, American jazz cornetist Don Cherry, who is most famous for his play of the pocket trumpet, his wife and artist Moki Cherry and their children Neneh and Eagle-Eye Cherry plus a cat lived in the so-called “Arresten” (Jail) on the museum island. For several months, they invited artists and musicians to perform in the dome and arranged educational art activities for children.



The 2012 programme of Bucky Dome started this week with concerts by The Organic Music Band, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Neneh Cherry and The Thing. A couple of hundred people gathered on the lawn in front of the dome to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and listen to the legacy of Don Cherry and his talented children and colleagues. The programme this summer includes workshops on Don Cherry’s music (first day 29.5.), the performance “One of them is red” by Torbjörn Johansson, Anna Koch and Christine Abdelnour (16.6.), a workshop and discussion on urban farming by The New Beauty Council/Uni-Grow City (12.7.), a performance by Gutai artist Sadahuro Horio (25.8.), a John Cage special between 2.–9.9. and several other concerts and activities. With a total of 60 events, it looks like the summer in Bucky Dome will be a busy and exciting one! Only a cat is missing…

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Text by Stefanie Hessler

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