Tensta konsthall is a centre for contemporary art in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, Northwest of the City. Tensta konsthall was founded in 1998 and is known to combine a high-profile program of international contemporary art with the ambition to be a real presence in its local community. The organization has been characterized by its participation in a national and international exchange on what contemporary art is, can be, and how to work with it. Tensta konsthall aims to mediate a program based on a spirit of critical inquiry in ways which can be meaningful and relevant precisely in Tensta while maintaining respect for art, artists, and visitors alike.
Cecilia Widenheim is director of Tensta konsthall. During her time as director of Malmö Konstmuseum (2012-2018) she initiated and curated several projects contextualising the collection. She was director of Iaspis 2008-2011 and prior to that curator, responsible for the Swedish and Nordic collection of paintings and sculptures, at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 1997-2012. She has curated exhibitions with artists such as Ester Almqvist, Mary Kelly, Vera Nilsson, Yoko Ono, Martha Rosler, Cecilia Edefalk and Ann-Sofi Sidén. She has taught widely since the 1990s and co-edited a number of books such as Migration – Traces in an Art Collection (Sternberg Press 2020), The Society Machine – The Industrial Age from the Perspective of Art (Garrett Publications 2018), Baltic Reflections (Arena 2014), Work, Work, Work – A Reader on Art and Labour (Sternberg Press 2012), Utopia and Reality – Modernity in Sweden (Yale University Press 2002).