Luca Frei

Commissioned Artist: Corresponding With

Luca Frei, born 1976 in Lugano, Switzerland, lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. His work, which includes a wide range of media such as drawing, collage, painting, installation, performance, video, and photography, often develops in response to a specific context in the form of architectural interventions, narrative environments or exhibition structures that invite public participation and dialogue. His consistent thematic preoccupations encompass the measurement of time, the relationship between the body and architecture, as well as the juxtaposition of private and public spaces.


Luca is Associate Professor of Basic Studies at the School of Visual Arts and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. Among others, Frei has had solo shows at Barbara Wien, Berlin; Kunsthaus Glarus; the Bonner Kunstverein; and the Lunds Konsthall along with participation in numerous biennials such as the Cairo Biennial; the Prague Biennial; the Istanbul Biennial; and exhibitions at the Edinburgh City Art Centre; Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven; Centre Pompidou in Paris; and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Recent exhibitions include Malmö Konsthall; Azkuna Zentroa Bilbao; Tate Liverpool; MHKA, Antwerp; and Nottingham Contemporary.


For Corresponding With Luca will conceive a ‘representation’ or artist’s impression of the Bauhaus-related exhibition produced by Renshichiro Kawakita in collaboration with Takehiko Mizutani at the Tokyo Academy of Arts in 1931. This new work will include a sculptural installation with photographic documentation and a sound element. Frei is also developing the design of exhibition furniture for this chapter.

Photo: Karl Isakson, 2018.