Malmö, like the rest of Sweden, loves art and this is reflected in the number of great art galleries in the city. Contemporary art and handicrafts dominate the scene, with plenty of experimentation and lots of up-and-coming artists – perfect for art lovers looking for that unique item to put in a place of pride at home. Here are the ten best art galleries in Malmö.
Miva Fine Art Galleries
With branches in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, Miva is one of Sweden’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary art. The gallery caters to a variety of tastes, with a diverse range of international artists, the result of international collaborations with other artists, agents, and galleries from around the world.
Miva Fine Art Galleries, Engelbrektsgatan 18, Malmö, Sweden, +46 40 611 47 40
This art cooperative next to Lilla Torg has been going strong since 1983, attracting both an increasing number of members and a very appreciative international audience. Everything is handmade, Swedish-made, and locally produced on a small, unique scale. Whether you’re an interior designer or an art lover, you’ll find something unexpected at Formargruppen.
Malmö Konsthall is one of Europe’s largest exhibition halls for contemporary art, with architect Klas Anshelm creating the vast space to provide flexibility and fabulous light. Exhibitions have a decidedly international focus, with both modern art and experimental art in the spotlight.
Malmö Konsthall. S:t Johannesgatan 7, Malmö, Sweden, +46 40 34 12 86
Established in 2008, this gallery is all about showcasing and highlighting unestablished local artists, as well as offering concerts, screenings, and workshops. This is where new ideas are tested and developed without worrying about commercial viability.
The focus here is on young, local contemporary art, along with select established art. When Galleri Ping-Pong opened in 1996, it might have been one of Sweden’s smallest galleries, but it was punching well above its weight right from the start – hosting exhibitions from names such as Moki Cherry, Thale Vangen, Astrid Svangren. It also has a cool vinyl corner, which you might just never leave.
This gallery’s main activities are art exhibitions and mediation of art, but it also serves as a forum for creative meetings and other events. Gallerie Lohme believes in sharing and collaboration, as well as ‘planned spontaneity,’ and the unique concept stimulates both innovative ideas and experiences. Both Swedish and international artists are represented here.
Galleri Lohme, Erik Dahlbergsgatan 24B, Malmö, Sweden, +46 76 083 74 87
Signal – Center for Contemporary Art
This collective, run by a group of artists and curators, spotlights contemporary art, producing and presenting exhibitions, lectures, and other events focusing on current issues and cultural production. Using contemporary art as the starting point, curatorial work methods are one of their main tools. Signal also serves as an archive for artists in southern Sweden.
Almlof Gallery, Ehrensvärdsgatan 8, Malmö, Sweden, +46 70 644 22 75
Johan Berggren Gallery
A relative newcomer on the scene, Johan Berggren‘s gallery focuses on young, emerging artists. Thus far the emphasis has been on Scandinavian, European, and North American artists, although the goal is to reach out further around the world. With two galleries and a showroom, there’s plenty to consider in this former-factory building.
Johan Berggren Gallery, Monbijougatan 17 G, Malmö, Sweden, +46 70 611 60 34
One of Malmö’s oldest artist cooperatives, Galleri 21 got its start in 1985 in an old farmhouse, and in the ensuing years has become one of the most interesting spaces in the world exhibiting contemporary Nordic art. Galleri 21 is more than an art space: it’s also a meeting point and leader in Malmö’s cultural life, with lectures six to eight times a year, theater, music recitals and other events.
Galleri 21, Rådmansgatan 5, Malmö, Sweden, +46 40 12 2202
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