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    Art Week

    Written by Art & Culture

    This year's edition of Stockholm Art Week takes place between May 9th-14th. The purpose is to unite Stockholm's art scene and highlight Stockholm as a vibrant art city and Sweden as an art destination. The city's museums, institutions, galleries, and other actors in the art industry come together during this week.

    On Tuesday, May 9th, at 5:00 pm, the Stockholm Art Week will be inaugurated by Minister of Culture Parisa Liljestrand. The inauguration takes place at Hospitalet, with Stefan Hagdahl, head of Stockholm Konst, and Joanna Sundström, head and initiator of Stockholm Art Week, also in attendance.

    “Without art, we go crazy, and I am convinced that art and culture are needed for an open, curious, and functioning society.” - Joanna Sundström

    The Nordic region's leading contemporary art fair, Market Art Fair, takes place at Liljevalchs and expands its exhibition area to Spritmuseum. Across the water, the Supermarket art fair flexes its muscles and moves into Stadshusterminalen. Moderna Museet has a vernissage for Monica Sjöö, while Carl Elds Ateljémuseum opens its summer exhibition with Ingela Ihrman.

    Among the galleries, we see vernissages with Jim Torell at Loyal Gallery and with Sarah Crowner at Nordenhake. CFHILL opens the exhibition “Have a Nice Day,” curated by Sophie Mörner from Company Gallery, as well as a solo exhibition with A KASSEN. On Saturday, the galleries of Östermalm, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Saskia Neuman Gallery, Odem Atelier, Carling Dalenson Gallery, Public Service, and Galleri Glas invite guests to breakfast viewings. Galleri Sebastian Schildt has a vernissage for its group exhibition “L'heure Bleue” and offers several artist talks.

    The artist initiative Black Iris moves into Castellum's premises in the old Gasverket on Torsgatan and arranges the exhibition “Explosive Vison.” A “home exhibition” is shown at stockholmmodern with Lotta Antonsson. Svenska Brasserier sets up vernissages at almost all of its restaurants. At Alma, the Danish gallery V1 Gallery opens an exhibition with Lulu Kaalund as well as Fredrik Nystrup & Oliver Sundqvist.

    This is a selection from the week. The calendar in its entirety can be found on the Stockholm Art Week website and is continuously updated.

    Stockholm Art Week is a non-profit association, and this year's partners who make the week possible are Castellum, Soho House, Alma, Champagne Deutz, Porsche, ISH, ArtMove, and Transart

    Image courtsey Sebastian Schildt
    Image courtsey Sanna Fried
    Image courtsey Färgfabriken
    Image courtsey Riche Fenix

    Written by Ulrika Lindqvist

    A city: Seoul

    A place: the Jamsugyo Bridge, a submersible bridge connecting Gangnam and Gangbuk

    Neither quite the same, nor completely different. The Louis Vuitton Prefall 2023 collection is a tale of to and fro.
    From an image to an idea, memory to innovation, conviction to discovery. A creative flow back and forth through the Maison’s very foundations. Its origins as a trunk maker whose principles today serve as catalysts for clothing. A philosophy of travel applied to French sophistication. Impeccable savoir-faire that nonetheless remains open to confrontation.

    The Prefall 2023 collection moves from one shore of the imagination to the other; essentials take on a new look, new features. It rejoins the incessant movement over the Jamsugyo Bridge, a living work of architecture that exists in harmony with the water's whims, a perfect allegory for transformation. It anchors a collection that is itself in mutation. The Jamsugyo Bridge, a major link to the city, also becomes a character, transfigured for this moment by Hwang Dong-Hyuk, the director of Squid Game, who engages it in a new gambit of light and watery illusion.

    WOMEN’S PREFALL 2023 SHOW © Louis Vuitton – All rights reserved

  • Jim Thorell

    Written by Art & Culture

    Stockholm artist Jim Thorell uses an impressionistic use of color to drive the composition. Like landscapes, as if viewed from above, below, forwards and backwards at once, Jim completely disintegrates the horizon line, while still portraying landscape as the subject with strong horizontal movements across the canvas. Thorell’s visual worlds question the perceptible reality and open up references to symbolism, painting of the early 20th century, and psychedelic textures of the 1970s, which he translates into his own contemporary visual language.

    What are you working on right now? /Tell us about your exhibition during Stockholm Art Week?
    I am right now in the process of getting out of the woods with these paintings we are exhibiting in may, the subway doves I call them.

    What inspired you to become an artist, and how has your artistic journey evolved over time?
    For me personally it was never a choice, it’s just a way to make sense of some of my personal traits and behavior.

    What is your creative process like, and how do you approach developing new ideas and concepts for your work?
    I just paint and draw without a plan or idea, over time one thing after another fall out of view and in the end I’m left with images that hopefully have opened up cracks and crevices that I want to explore further in new images. On and on it goes.

    Can you tell me about a specific artwork or series of works that are particularly meaningful to you and why?
    I’m not particularly sentimental with my work, but the series I made for the 2020 show Vinden at Loyal was made during so much emotional upheaval both personal and collectively. I think artists myself included are like antennas and when we are not transmitting we get caught up in our own narratives too much. So these works are a good example of going with the larger motion.

    What do you think of Stockholm as an art city?
    I love Stockholm. I love the complex, passionate relationship with creativity here. It’s very idealistic and real yet in stark contrast with our inherent ambition to create this glamorous golden projection of ourselves.

    Do you have a favorite Swedish Artist?
    Duda Bebek, Magnus Karlsson will show her at market art fair in may.

    Do you have a favorite bar or restaurant in Stockholm?
    Resto Tengu, it’s always worth a visit.