Mattias Ekman

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 P. A. Munchs hus 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO
Other affiliations Cultural History and Museology

Academic interests

Mattias Ekman takes particular interest in theories of spatial and architectural remembrance, from early modern ars memoriae to contemporary thinking on collective memory and cultural memory, and their influence on the development of architecture.

Current research focuses on spatial structuring of memory and knowledge in seventeenth century Sweden, addressing the interplay between the development of new classifications for collections and new architecture types, like the cabinet of curiosity, library, anatomical theatre, botanical garden and armoury. The personal postdoc project Spatial Orders of Memory and Knowledge is financed by the Norwegian Research Council.


Mattias Ekman holds a PhD in the history and theory of architecture and memory studies from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). He lectures and publishes in Norway, Sweden and internationally and has taught on bachelor and master levels. Ekman received his diploma in architecture at the Architectural Association in London and has previously worked as an architect and urban planner.


Mattias Ekman collaborates with the research project Museum: A Culture of Copies and Making Things Matter – Meaning and Materiality in Museum Displays (Mattias Bäckström), both at IKOS.

Tags: Museums and Museology, Museum studies, Museums, Collective memory, Cultural memory, Monuments, Memorials, The theory and history of architecture


  • Ekman, Mattias (2016). Jubileumsutställningarnas historiska topografi: Arkitektur som minnesstruktur för Norges förflutna: 1814, 2014, I: Hans Ruin; Johan Hegardt & Trond Lundemo (red.),  Historiens hemvist, 3 bd:iii: Minne, medier och materialitet.  Makadam Förlag.  ISBN 978-91-7061-202-2.  kapittel.  s 359 - 388 Full text in Research Archive
  • Ekman, Mattias (2016). Mediation and Preservation, In Bryony Roberts (ed.),  Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation.  Lars Müller Publishers.  ISBN 978-3-03778-491-4.  Case Study.  s 148 - 156
  • Ekman, Mattias (2016). Museet – minnepalass og kunnskapsteater. Kunst og kultur.  ISSN 0023-5415.  99(2), s 102- 113 . doi: 10.18261 Full text in Research Archive
  • Ekman, Mattias (2016). Spatial Orders of Memory and Knowledge. Architectural schemes for collections in seventeenth-century Sweden. Nordisk Museologi.  ISSN 1103-8152.  (1), s 148- 158 Full text in Research Archive
  • Ekman, Mattias (2015). Remembrance and the Destruction of Church Windows, In Jonna Bornemark; Mattias Martinson & Jayne Svenungsson (ed.),  Monument and Memory.  LIT Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-643-90467-6.  kapittel 3.  s 43 - 61
  • Ekman, Mattias (2014). Husk! Den rumlige tilrettelæggelse af erindringen i Monumentet for Danmarks internationale indsats efter 1948 , I: Anna Louise Manly (red.),  Magt Minder Mennesker – Mindesmærker i dag.  KØS Museum for kunst i det offentlige rum.  ISBN 978-87-89074-64-1.  kapittel.  s 140 - 157
  • Ekman, Mattias (2014). Remember! The Spatial Orchestration of Memory in the Monument for Denmark's International Engagement after 1948, In Anna Louise Manly (ed.),  Power Memory People – Memorials of Today.  KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces.  ISBN 978-87-89074-65-8.  kapittel.  s 140 - 157
  • Ekman, Mattias (2012). Architecture for the Nation's Memory: History, Art, and the Halls of Norway's National Gallery, In Suzanne MacLeod; Laura Hourston Hanks & Jonathan Hale (ed.),  Museum Making. Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-67603-8.  13.  s 144 - 156
  • Ekman, Mattias (2012). Edifices of Memory. Topical Ordering in Cabinets and Museums, In Johan Hegardt (ed.),  The Museum Beyond the Nation.  The National Historical Museum.  ISBN 978-91-89176-46-1.  3.  s 61 - 86 Full text in Research Archive
  • Ekman, Mattias (2011). Remembering Home. Displacement, Return and Spatial Frameworks of Memory, In Marianne David & Javier Munoz-Basols (ed.),  Defining and Re-Defining Diaspora. From Theory to Reality.  Inter-Disciplinary Press.  ISBN 978-1-84888-064-1.  Part I.  s 3 - 24
  • Ekman, Carl Mattias (2009). Registration With Video, In  Re-store.  AHO. Institutt for form, teori og historie.  faglig_bok_institusjon.  s 16 - 17
  • Ekman, Carl Mattias (2009). The Memories of Space - Appropriation of the National Gallery in Oslo as a Framework for Individual, Social and Cultural Remembrance, In  Re-store.  AHO. Institutt for form, teori og historie.  faglig_bok_institusjon.  s 20 - 22

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