radART – Stockholm Art Week 2017

Stockholm Art Week just opened its doors. Radar’s Jesper Dahl decided to introduce us to some of the many exciting faces of this celebration of artistry!

I love Stockholm Art Week. I think it stems from the fact that art fairs are one of the best and most concise ways to experience contemporary art. Art versus commerce is seldom as obvious and beneficial, and we as spectators are able to very comprehensibly compare the different approaches the galleries have with each other as they show us the direction or the artists they themselves focus the most on. A somewhat “honest” commercialism if you will.

A part of Stockholm Art Week, Market Art Fair, hosts some of my favorite Swedish galleries such as Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Erik Nordenhake and Scandinavian neighbors such as Martin Asbæk Gallery and Hverfisgallerí which is very exciting! I’ll write a separate “must-see-list” about the fair the second I get around to seeing it. Outside of the art fair, many are talking about the Elastic/Belenius/Auktionsverket collaboration Biotop opening on Wednesday and plenty of other activities all over the city.

I reached out to some interesting friends of mine; Joanna Sundström, Saskia Neuman and Alida Ivanov and asked them a few short questions about Stockholm Art Week!

 

JOANNA SUNDSTRÖM, Founder and Organizer of Stockholm Art Week.

What are you looking forward to during Art Week?
– All the pop-up shows and fairs. I would not miss Market Art fair and Supermarket – the two main activities during the week. But also Biotop at Biologiska museet and the opening of Golden Sunset at Moderna Museet

Which galleries and what artists are you expecting to stand out?
– Take the possibility to meet artists! On Saturday 25 at 11 there is an Artist Talk with Astrid Sylwan at Galleri Andersson/Sandström. Later that day at 2 pm you can meet Cecilia Edefalk at CFHill. And on Sunday March 26 12.30 Forsblom Gallery will hold a talk with the actor Michael Nyqvist about artistic freedom in the light of Ai Weiwei’s exhibition Tyre.

– Another talk of the town is the exhibition at the art advisor Carl Larsson’s private home private home at Franska Kyrkan at Humlegårdsgatan. He is showing Elin Odentia (Konstfack) and Malin Petersson (Mejan) two up-and-coming artists. Or take the unique opportunity to meet Britta Marakatt-Labba – Sápmi’s and Sweden’s representative at Documenta 2017 at Konstfack (Wed 6 pm). Another favorite is the artist Zoe Barca, represented by Loyal at Market and also has a piece at the group exhibition at Issues gallery at Södermalm. I can continue for ages…

Are there any surprises visitors should know about?
– Surprises, I don’t know. But please come and visit Stockholm Art Week at Hobo hotel, Brunkebergstorg 4, 23 – 26 March! Stockholm Art Week will have a pop up-office at the hotel to guide you through the week, so that you don’t miss out on the good stuff. 

SASKIA NEUMAN, Global Art Manager Absolut and Director Absolut Art Award

What are you looking forward to during Art Week?
– BIOTOP – the group show opening at Biologiska Museet, great way to view contemporary art in one of my favourite museums in Stockholm.

Which galleries and what artists are you expecting to stand out?
– Carl Hammoud’s solo exhibition opening at Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Carl is one of the most talented and interesting artists in Sweden. Galleri Andréhn-Schiptjenko’s booth at Market Art Fair, exhibiting Annika von Hausswolff’s work and Kristina Jansson.

Are there any surprises visitors should know about?
– Not sure if this is a surprise, but Anna Boghiguian’s exhibition Woven Winds (saw it last week, worth another visit) at Index Foundation for Contemporary Art. Anna was nominated for the 2013 Absolut Art Award, and is an incredible artist.

ALIDA IVANOV, Independent Curator and Deputy Curator at Göteborgs Konsthall

What are you looking forward to during Art Week?
– Hmmm does anyone actually look forward to it? It’s a pretty intense week 🙃 But there is an energy that is fun in a way, you know, like work hard/play hard- kind of atmosphere. AND I’m so glad to just be a visitor and not an organizer of anything this year!

Which galleries and what artists are you expecting to stand out?
– I really look forward to the opening of Oscar Carlson’s gallery Issues with artists Zoe Barcza, Alfred Boman, Karl Norin, Olga Pedan, Emanuel Röhss and Jim Thorell. Then Biotop at Biologiska Museet, which is co-organized/curated by Elastic Gallery and Belenius with artists like Nadine Byrne, Julius Göthlin, Christo, Dick Hedlund and so on. I will also go and see Marie Karlberg’s performance at Market Art Fair, which is part of their program.

Are there any surprises visitors should know about?
– No. Maybe that’s a bit blasé, but it’s hard to surprise me.

Any random gossip?
– Yes, that’s why nothing surprises me.