A fascinating conflict with modern times

Nils Dardel and the Modern Age

opens Feb 21; Moderna Museet Malmö, Ola Billgrens plats 2-4; modernamuseet.se/en/malmo

Using stories and myths to portray an ambivalence about being both seduced and outraged by the radical onslaught of modernism in the early 20th century, Nils Dardel’s works endured in a fascinating conflict with the times in which he lived.

Modern Museet’s exhibition of one of Sweden’s most popular artists shows that Dardel wasn’t just a dandyish eccentric, but shaped the avant-garde movement in Paris and used his art to portray a brave new world.