During the festival week, visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities at 26 venues throughout Skåne. The festival theme is "Stories", and our aim is that the experience should be enjoyable to both 7-year-olds and 77-year-olds. The festival opens on 26 October at Moderna Museet Malmö, where the first themed exhibition will also open.
The Kids' Best Biennial is a new, unique contemporary art festival for youngsters in Skåne. This autumn break, adults and kids can enjoy exhibitions, courses and other art-related events led by professional artists and art educators - ranging from workshop activities and performances to a specially-produced audio-guide.
The concept behind the Kids' Best Biennial is to give children and youngsters in Skåne an opportunity to experience art that is inspiring, awakens curiosity and expands their universe. The idea came from Lille in France, where a festival for contemporary art has been organised regularly since 2006. The Kids' Best Biennial will be held every two years in Skåne, with a new theme for each new edition. Moderna Museet Malmö will be the principal organiser of the Biennial for the first three editions. The project is financed by Skåne Regional Council and the Swedish Arts Council. This year's festival theme is Stories - based on the idea that all art has a story to tell, says Greta Burman, project manager for the Best Biennial for Kids and curator of learning at Moderna Museet Malmö:
"There are countless stories and we all have our own. A work of art may tell me one story, and a different story to you, but both are equally true. The more we know, the more we see, but we know different things and see the world differently. That's what makes it so exciting to share our experience of art with others."
The Kids' Best Biennial opens at Moderna Museet Malmö on Saturday, 26 October. This is also the opening of the first themed exhibition of the Biennial, which is named Stories, after this year's theme. Stories are what link all the works in the exhibition, which spans more than 500 years of art. Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I from the early 16th century is the oldest work on show, and also one of the most studied etchings in art history. It is full of symbols, each giving rise to its own story.
Selected works from Henri Matisse’s graphic series Jazz, which includes the artist's interpretation of the Icarus myth, is also featured. And visitors can climb the four-metre Tower of Insight by Lisa Jeannin and Rolf Schuurmans, to experience a story about the universe.
"When we talk about children, teenagers and art, many people immediately think of the children's own creativity. And if you mention art exhibitions for kids, this is often taken to mean exhibitions of children's drawings.
We want to change that. Kids are curious, competent and interested, and are just as capable as adults of appreciating and reflecting on good art," says Greta Burman.
Press preview on Thursday, 24 October at 10 am
Gasverksgatan 22, Malmö
Hours: Tue-Sun 11 am-6 pm
Tickets: 70 SEK/50 SEK Free admission for those under 18