Brief Story of Capitalism

24 May - 14 July 2012

Aids-3D (Kosmas & Keller)
Bigert & Bergström
Timothy Crisp
John Duncan
Öyvind Fahlström
Johanna Gustafsson Fürst
CM von Hausswolff
Sten Hanson
Jan Håfström
Stina Stigell
Johan Strandahl
Andy Warhol


In 1798, Thomas Robert Malthus’s “An Essay on the Principle of Population” is published, which later became a key to Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s development of the theory of the natural selection.


In 1972, the report “The Limits to Growth”, commissioned by The Club of Rome and produced by the world’s leading future analysts is presented. Questions of growth, limited natural resources and environmental issues are put in focus for the first time.


In 1970-71 Öyvind Fahlström describes his Monopoly game as a political psychodrama where the observer gets involved in different choices and strategies. Fahlström establishes that the world is constantly changing, as a tree in the passage of seasons.

Öyvind Fahlström’s Monopoly game “World Trade Monopoly” (1971) constitutes the central piece in the exhibition. Through this piece, questions regarding the connection between the realpolitik discourse and the individual terms on society’s game plan are addressed. All pieces in the exhibition reflect on the rules and norms that form our reality in a continuous flow.


In 2012, Munch’s ”The Scream” is sold at Sotheby’s for 117 million dollars as the most expensive work ever sold at auction. Maybe proof that the market still works? At the same time The Club of Rome publishes a new report with the title: 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years.


In 2018 it is more apparent ever before that humanity’s adaptation to the limitations of the planet is moving too slow. The American economy stagnates while Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa constitutes the great booming economies.


In 2024, three billion people are still living under the poverty line, and China appears as the only state with enough capacity to turn the development.


In 2042, the global population reached its high due to reduced fertility in the metropolitan areas and levels off.


In 2052, carbon dioxide has increased to a level in the atmosphere that raises the global mean temperature with by 2 degrees; creating uncontrollable climate changes.

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