Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


My teaching at the Division of Art History and Visual Studies primarily concerns the period from the early Renaissance until the time of the French Revolution. Studies and research in Italy make up an important part of my background as an art historian. I am also teaching and supervising students attending our MA-programme in Visual Culture.

Parallel to my work at the university I work as a critic within the field of contemporary art, publishing in newspapers, magazines and exhibition catalogues. I have also doen some curating, e.g. at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm 2005.

The question of how to relate to the fine arts in words is central to the art critic. Experiences of this in combination with my art historical background has lead to a substantial activity as as both teacher and tutor at different art and architectural institutions for higher education, among them Malmö Art Academy, the Royal University College of Fine Arts and the landscape architecture school at Alnarp.


About the research

My studies in villa architecture have come to include both built and landscape architecture. This has made me interested in different sorts of landscapes. In Inside the Garden: An Essay with an Hypothesis Concerning the Central Fountain of Cardinal Gambara’s Giardino at the Villa Lante in Bagnaia (Malmö Art Academy Yearbook 1996-97, Lund University, 1997) I write about one of the most well known Mannerist villas, Villa Lante.

My essay Idea Landscapes (in Landscape Architecture Europe, On Site, Birkhäuser, 2009) exploits alternative approaches to landscape of the last four decades, somewhere in the zone between landscape architecture and fine arts.

In 2009 I concluded my work on an article about agriculture and forestry in art in Sweden during the 20th century. The article is intended for an anthology on Swedish agriculture in that period, commissioned by the the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.

I presented a research paper at Lund University’s pedagogical development conference in 2009. My paper concerned the excursion within the humanities (see Proceedings, Utvecklingskonferens 09, Lunds universitet, 2009, in Swedish only).

I have recently initiated a study on Malmö’s first city architect William Klein and his works.

My interest in Italy has also resulted in artistic research. Since 2008 I am working on the project Italomemes – ideas about Italy (, in Swedish only) financed by the Royal University College of Fine Arts.


Books (2)
Editorships (1)
Book chapters (14)
Conference contributions (2)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (5)
Miscellaneous (2)

Research portal (Lund University)


Måns Holst-Ekström

Division of Art History and Visual Studies
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Contact information

E-mail mans.holst-ekstromkultur.luse

Phone +46 46 222 09 40

Room LUX:C433

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

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