Stockholm Art Week opens

For some years Stockholm has been the venue for art fairs MARKET and Supermarket, a gallery night, and parallell exhibitions programmes at other venues in February. This year the coinciding fairs, exhibition openings, programmes and events has been collected under one identity.

Konstakademien i Stockholm

The Venue for MARKET Art Fair. Photo: André Gali

From 11 – 17 February Stockholm Art Week will be held for the first time with the purpose of establishing «an annual, recurring week focusing on art in Stockholm and presenting Stockholm as a distinct destination for the arts», according to a press release.

The week will start off with the inauguration party at Berns Gallery 2.35:1, 6:30 pm – midnight and finish off with a closing party at Riche, 5 pm – midnight. In between those events the four fairs  MARKET, Supermarket, PhotoMarket and the Antiques Fair will be arranged. And alongside the fairs institutions and museums such as Liljevalchs, Waldermarsudde, Spritmuseum, Stockholm konst, Auktionsverket, Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall, Sven Harrys, Färgfabriken, Tensta konsthall and Index will have openings or arrange special events.

Hilma af Klint Svanen, nr 17, grupp IX/SUW, serie SUW/UW 1915 © Courtesy Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Foto: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

Hilma af Klint
Svanen, nr 17, grupp IX/SUW, serie SUW/UW 1915
© Courtesy Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Foto: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

Among the openings worth mention is a major exhibit of Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) at Moderna Museet. The exhibition, entitlet A Pioneer of Abstraction, is thus described at Moderne Museet´s website;

´This retrospective exhibition of a Swedish pioneer of abstract art is Moderna Museet’s tribute to Hilma af Klint as one of the greatest Swedish artists. A woman artist whose work is still far too unknown to a wider public, Hilma af Klint eschewed representational painting as early as 1906. Between 1906 and 1915, she produced nearly 200 abstract paintings, some of which are in monumental formats.´

Another opening worth shecking out is the opening of group exhibition Monopoly in Norrmalmstorg 12 in the centre of the Stockholm banking district. Put together by leading Nordic galleries for emerging artists – Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, Crystal, Stockholm and Elastic Gallery, Malmö – the exhibition will show installations, paintings and video works that have not been previously shown in Sweden.

There will also be Gallery Night and various art talks, parties and other events during the week.

More information regarding the programme, the inauguration party and the closing event may be found at www.stockholmartweek.com.  An app for Stockholm Art week will also be launched with more information, the press release states.

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