10 of the Best Art Galleries in Sweden
One of Europe’s largest contemporary art spaces, Malmö Konsthall is known for staging the best in modern art. Challenging, engaging, and always well thought out, this is one of Sweden’s best galleries for enjoying both Nordic and international art, by both established and up-and-coming artists.
Founded in 1995 in an old paint factory, Stockholm‘s Färgfabriken serves as a platform for art, architecture, and urban planning, presenting contemporary cultural expression in a variety of unexpected ways. Working globally and collaboratively, Färgfabriken is a truly modern art space, attracting not just artists but experts in a number of other disciplines.
No Limit is a different kind of art gallery, in that it only lasts for a week, it’s completely outdoors, and it takes the urban walls of Borås and turns them into giant canvasses. With artists from around the world taking part the work is varied. Overall, this ‘living art gallery’ is the perfect embodiment of Sweden’s increasing embrace of street art.
For more than 50 years Malmö’s Form/Design Center has been a centre of knowledge and inspiration around form, design, and architecture. While you might not call this a traditional art gallery it’s an environment where experimentation is embraced and new ideas are always flowing. The form and design is often cutting edge and what you see there today may end up in your living room tomorrow.
Hasselblad is among the most coveted of cameras, with a reputation among professional snappers as a photographer’s camera. The Hasselblad Center, located within the Gothenburg Museum of Art, holds three major photography exhibitions highlighting both Swedish and international work of the highest caliber, including the Hasselblad Award Winner exhibition.
Gothenburg’s largest space for independent artists, Konstepdemin is home to 130 professional artists working in various mediums, such as visual arts, filmmaking, dancing and much more. Essentially, it’s a meeting place for the city’s artists, where culture comes alive.
While Lohme’s main focus is on exhibitions, the gallery also serves as a forum for creative meetings and various other events. The gallery has a strong digital presence, and exhibits (and represents) artists from around the globe, as well as Swedish artists. Creative solutions to logistical challenges is one of its speciality areas.
A bit of New York, a bit of rural life, Not Quite is a growing cultural centre in the wilds of Northern Dalsland. In an old brick paper factory artists, designers and craftspeople have set to work in studios and workshops, and what was an old disused space is now a hub of activity, with a gallery, an arts and crafts boutique, and exhibition spaces. There are also a variety of events and a lovely café. It’s well worth the trip to see what is going on outside the more established art scenes of the cities.
Located about halfway between Malmö and Helsingborg, in the picturesque fishing village Borstahusen. It contains a permanent exhibition about the town, as well as one of Sweden’s best art galleries, perched on the edge of the sea. While you might expect some touristy seascapes think again – this may be a quaint and charming little town but like in much of the rest of Sweden, art is taken seriously.
Mollbrink’s presents a wide range of works from the mid-1800s on through to today. Both classical and modern paintings are represented, as well as sculpture, photography, and graphic art. What makes the gallery truly stand out is its specialisation in Anders Zorn, one of Sweden’s most beloved and successful artists.
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