2014-05-20

 

Artist Måns Wrange’s tenure at the Royal Institute of Art ends on 30 June. During his six years as Vice-Chancellor, Mr Wrange has implemented a number of significant reforms. The Royal Institute of Art would like to take the opportunity to thank him and highlight the important changes that have taken place under his directorship.


Mans_Wrange   Photo: Björn Larsson

A Visionary Educator

Since his first day as Vice-Chancellor, Måns Wrange has stood for a non-instrumental view of art, education and research, with active discussions and revaluations. He has consistently argued that art and education are two of the most important means for achieving and maintaining democracy, diversity and equality. In order to further develop the uniqueness of the Royal Institute of Art, Mr Wrange, in collaboration with his colleagues, has skilfully navigated national and international rules and regulations, creating, among other things, a new five-year study programme in Fine Arts, which provides the possibility of a “space” for open-ended and independent thinking for sustained periods of time.

 

An international, democratic and equal opportunity study and work place

Måns Wrange has worked to ensure that the Royal Institute of Art remains founded on democratic decision-making processes and with regard to this he has improved the in-house organisation. He has also strengthened the Royal Institute of Art into an international and equal opportunity study and work place. This is reflected in the fact that today a great number of teachers and professors have non-Swedish backgrounds and that the Royal Institute of Art is one of few seats of learning where women outnumber men as professors. Mr Wrange has also increased the Royal Institute of Art’s international exchanges outside Europe with India, South Africa, China, Brazil, the United States, Canada, and other countries.

 

Artistic research has been established

During Måns Wrange’s tenure as Vice-Chancellor, the Royal Institute of Art has established a high-profile programme of artistic research and has had its first research students. The Royal Institute of Art has also initiated “Mejan Residents”, which provides artists with the opportunity to develop practice-based research projects during a full year. On behalf of the Royal Institute of Art, Mr Wrange has signed collaborative agreements with the Artistic Research School (which is now chaired by Måns Wrange) and with the Stockholm University of the Arts. The Royal Institute of Art also supports and pursues a number of externally financed research projects which have contributed to the establishment of a critical mass of researchers.

 

Several co-operative projects have been initiated

Måns Wrange has initiated several long-term collaborations with, among others Södertörn University, Stockholm University, University College of Opera, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Institute of Technology, as well as with institutions such as Moderna Museet, Kulturhuset, Tensta Konsthall, Fotografins Hus, Botkyrka Konsthall and Stockholm Music & Arts.

 

Måns Wrange has actively been engaged in opening up art educations for social groups that are under-represented in the traditional recruitment basis by establishing long-term collaborations in the areas of Botkyrka and Rinkeby-Kista where the Royal Institute of Art in cooperation with municipal and local organisations has for several years pursued artistic projects and courses with high school students.

 

In conjunction with the merger of three artistic colleges in Stockholm, Måns Wrange made a crucial decision to ensure that the Royal Institute of Art remained an independent seat of learning. On behalf of the Royal Institute of Art, he has agreed on a collaborative agreement with the new college regarding artistic research, which means that the two colleges will work together to create a potent research environment.

 

Pro-Rector Eberhard Höll on Måns Wrange

Eberhard Höll, Professor of Fine Art and Pro-Rector of the Royal Institute of Art:

“To have had the privilege to act as Pro-Rector during a time when the Royal Institute of Art’s fundamental philosophy has been under attack from external sources – demands for a merger, increased academisation of the teaching, the Bologna Process – and when we have defended our pedagogy uncompromisingly, is definitely one of the highlights of my time at the Royal Institute of Art. Thanks to Måns Wrange we can confidently hope that the Royal Institute of Art will survive to its 300th anniversary in 2035. I wish him all the best as Guest Professor at Stockholm University.”