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Stockholm's famous cultural spots: City guide

Stockholm, the home of the Nobel Prize in Literature, boasts one of the world’s highest concentrations of museums and is a city steeped in culture; its world-class galleries and art institutions draw local people and visitors alike

City Guide
Ashlee Beard,

Andréhn-Schiptjenko, one of the leading galleries in Scandinavia, is a must-visit for anyone seeking a crash course in contemporary Scandinavian art and also introduces international artists to a Nordic audience. Since the gallery opened in 1991, it has grown steadily both in terms of exhibition space and reputation. Under the ownership of Ciléne Andréhn and Marina Schiptjenko, it has become a regular at heavyweight international fairs such as Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach and New York’s Armory Show. Look out for works by Jacob Dahlgren, Martin Jacobson and French artist Xavier Veilhan.

Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Hudiksvallsgatan 8, 113 30 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 612 0075

Galerie Pascale
Scandinavia is famous for design and there’s no better place to discover the latest talent than Galerie Pascale, Stockholm’s only gallery dedicated to contemporary design. For more than a decade, Pascale Cottard-Olsson, French gallerist and doyenne of design, has been a leading proponent of contemporary Scandinavian design, promoting both established and up-and-coming designers, from the internationally known Thomas Sandell to the current darling of the design world, Alexander Lervik. With a range of products on offer designed exclusively for the gallery, this is the place to find tomorrow’s design collectibles today.

Galerie Pascale, Humlegårdsgatan 15, 114 46 Stockholm, +46 0(8) 663 6160

Since Greger Ulf Nilson and Karolina Strömberg founded GunGallery in 2008, they have blazed a trail for photographic art in Stockholm and have filled a once-neglected niche in the city’s art scene. GunGallery focuses on both Swedish and international photography and boasts an impressive roster of artists, from world-renowned Carsten Höller and Martin Parr to rising star Johan Bergström.

GunGallery, Runebergsgatan 3, 114 29 Stockholm, +46 (0)70 727 7627

Wetterling Gallery
The Wetterling Gallery, considered one of Scandinavia’s major galleries for contemporary art, is a regular on the international art fair circuit and takes part in some of biggest international fairs, from Art Miami and the Armory Show to Art Cologne. Founded over 30 years ago by Björn Wetterling, the gallery specialises in paintings from established artists such as Jim Dine and Ed Ruscha and emerging stars from a variety of generations and nationalities, including Isca Greenfield-Sanders and Nathalia Edenmont, who will be showing solo at this year’s Art Palm Beach. While the gallery emphasises Scandinavian art, its diverse collection has earned an unrivalled reputation both locally and internationally.

Wetterling Gallery, Kungsträdgården 3, 111 47 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 101009

Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum is housed in a 19th-century building inspired by the Italian Renaissance but it dates back even further, to 1792. Originally known as the Kungliga Museet or Royal Museum, it changed its name to the Nationalmuseum when it moved to its current home, designed by Friedrich August Stüler, in 1866. The Nationalmuseum’s setting on the Blasieholmen peninsula, facing the Royal Palace Drottningholm, is as impressive as its art collection, which ranges from porcelain and sculpture to drawings and masterworks dating from the Middle Ages to the present. One of the current exhibitions, The Four Seasons, is a stunning homage to the beauty of nature, captured by artists of the fin de siècle period.

Nationalmuseum, Södra Blasieholmshamnen, 111 48 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 5195 4300

Bonniers Konsthall

Since Bonniers Konsthall opened in the centre of Stockholm in 2006, this not-for-profit venue, run by Sweden’s well-known Bonnier media dynasty, has focused on supporting emerging artists and offering a creative resource for established names. Much more than a gallery space, Bonniers Konsthall has become an important cultural venue, offering seminars, publications and cultural events. It has also become respected as a launchpad for creative talent. If you’re curious to discover the next Damian Hirst or Claes Oldenburg, then Bonniers’ annual exhibition of works by recipients of grants from the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation (showing until 8 January 2012) is a good place to start.

Bonniers Konsthall, Torsgatan 19, 113 90 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 736 4248

Moderna Museet
The cultural experience begins before you even step inside Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, set on the lush green archipelago of Skeppsholmen. The park surrounding the museum is peppered with sculptures by the likes of Niki de Saint Phalle, Alexander Calder and Björn Lövin. The collection inside is even more impressive. The Moderna Museet boasts one of the world’s most enviable collections of 20th- and 21st-century art, which includes some of the key works of Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois and Picasso, as well as images from the world’s leading photographic artists, including Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman and Helmut Newton.

Moderna Museet, Exercisplan, Skeppsholmen, 111 49 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 5195 5200

Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum
Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, a collection of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century works amassed by the building contractor and avid art collector Sven-Harry Karlsson, is a recent addition to Stockholm’s cultural scene. The majority of the collection comprises works by Swedish artists such as Ernst Josephson and Ylva Ogland, so it is only fitting that the new destination should be designed by leading Swedish architects Wingårdh & Wingårdh. The venue is a showpiece in itself. Set over three levels of a six-storey building, the first two floors contain the galleries, café and exhibition spaces, while the penthouse, filled primarily with 20th-century Scandinavian art, replicates the interior of Karlsson’s 18th-century mansion at Ekholmsnäs – the inspiration behind this new art destination.

Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Eastmansvägen 10-12, 113 61 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 5116 0060

Färgfabriken has won international acclaim as a multi-disciplinary laboratory for art, design, architecture and urban planning. Situated in a 19th-century factory in Liljeholmen, it has played an instrumental role in the early careers of some of the country’s leading contemporary artists, including Nathalie Djurberg, one of Sweden’s best-known video artists. Färgfabriken’s innovative projects and thought-provoking exhibitions aim to provoke discussion, dialogue and debate about today’s important issues.

Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1, 117 43 Stockholm, +46 (0)8 645 0707



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