The Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Södermalm, Stockholm

Chloe Hay

Stockholm’s most fashionable neighborhood, Södermalm is home to some of Sweden’s best contemporary art galleries. No trip to the Swedish capital is complete without a day wandering in and out of Södermalm inviting exhibition spaces, and of course stopping off for a compulsory fika break in between gallery tours. We profile ten must-visit galleries in Södermalm.

1. Fotografiska Museet

Art Gallery, Museum

Courtesy of Fotografiska
One of the most popular attractions in Stockholm, the Fotografiska Museet attracts over half a million visitors each year with it’s innovative exhibitions of international photography. Housed in a converted Art Nouveau-style building, the Fotografiska boasts 2,500 square meters of exhibition space, and hosts four major shows per year alongside 15 smaller exhibitions. In keeping with the youthful neighborhood, the gallery is open until 11pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, making it the perfect alternative evening out.

2. Galleri Kontrast

Art Gallery

Featuring a prestigious selection of documentary photographs, Galleri Kontrast is an independent gallery owned by Sweden’s Press Photographer’s Club. The gallery hosts 20 exhibitions per year, and is considered one of the primary venues for documentary photography in the country. Located in a former bank building, a smaller exhibition space in the old bank vault downstairs offers prints for sale. Previous exhibitions have included masterpieces by Jesper Frisk, Erika Larsen, Linda Forsell and many other acclaimed photographers. The gallery also houses The Swedish Picture of the Year, annually.

3. Centrum För Fotografi


Although primarily a membership association, all art lovers can take great pleasure in exploring the photography shows that CFF puts on for the public six times a year. Exhibiting the best of Swedish and international photography, CFF works to support and promote professional photographers through these solo and group exhibitions. CFF also hosts prestigious annual photography events such as the graduation exhibition for the masters students at the University of Gothenburg’s School of Photography.

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