Rock around the art

Here is a lovely weekend stroll in the Swedish capital with a clear focus on the art.

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We kick off our art walk at The Royal Djurgården. At Sweden’s only handicraft and textile gallery, Handarbetets Vänner Galleri, we are magnetized by a show of handcrafted rugs created by Swedish contempoary artists, designers, and architects. 

The exhibition is curated by Anette Mörner, who, together with her husband and former gallery-man Axel Mörner, runs the art space Olseröd at Österlen in the souch of Sweden. Anette brings out the best out of these rugs and make clear that they are much more than something to walk on or to tickle your toes in when cozying up in front of the telly. But we can’t help but feeling a bit cozy when admiring the great works by  Astrid Sylwan, Jakob Solgren, Lukas Göthman and Carin Ellberg, to name a few. The exhibition runs until  30 of September and the address is Djurgårdsslätten 82-84. 

Lukas Göthman's work comes in a series of 15 and is priced at 25,000 SEK.

We hop on the tram number 7N, which is the where coffee and cinnamonbun is served and take aim at another type of royalty. Verner Åmell and his Åmells Konsthandel welcome us to a photo exhibition with a special focus on the streets of Stockholm. 

In recent years, Åmells have amassed a collection of works by some of the most prominent photographers in the country, and now we are treated to a show with celebrity photographers such as Hans Hammarskiöld and Rolf Wertheimer. The exhibition evokes both recognition and an urge to wanna bring one of the piece back home. The exhibition runs until 12 of September at Birger Jarlsgatan 16.

From Birger Jarlsgatan we make our way towards a familiar face in a new costume: Sweden’s nicest gallery owner. At least if you have to believe the the artists themselves. Roger Björkholmen opens up once again! After a period of a more mobile constallation, Roger will from now occupy Galleri Riis’ fomer permises at Rödbodtorget 2. The idea is to introduce a bit more activity and variety: exhibitions and short exciting presentations, mixed with elements of design that will be presented in collaboration with the company stockholmmodern.

The opening is set for the evneing of 7 of September, and the gallery will display new works in the form of sculptures, paintings, and photographs. The gallery will introduce two new names: Maria Boij and Erik Öberg. The exhibition runs until 7 of October.

Sadly, all good things come to an end. Jeanette Steinsland and Jacob Kampp Berliner’s collaboration has indeed been a success. Since 2008, the pair has hosted exhibitions with young, emeriging artists, and attracted a new type of art collectors by being agile to the demands and behaviors of today’s consumers. The autumn season was introduced in great style. Malin Gabriella Nordin’s colourful, lively, and often abstract works, decorate the walls and floors, and inject a sense of happiness. 

Don’t expect to get your hands on one of the artworks though. Malin is “hot property”, as evident by the long queue for her work. But we are happy anyway. We have been given a great taste of the vital contempoary art that the city has to offer, and we now make our way out into the land of make-believe. Malin’s exhibitions runs until16 of September at Bondegatan 70.


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