1 Swedish artist and 3 Nordic art galleries you should discover in 2020, according to the expert
Saskia Neuman, head of the leading contemporary art fair in the Nordic region, Market, shares her insights and highlights.
The Swedish-American joined Market Art Fair as Director and CEO after being head of Absolut Art Award for just over 6 years.
Which Nordic galleries should we visit this year?
— There are so many…, she says. I’ll choose three:
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard in Copenhagen. They represent many great artists, among them Tal R, Jonathan Meese, and Georg Baselitz. The space is great and their exhibition program is very bold. Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm. Another gallery working with incredible roster of artists including another favorite of mine, Sara-Vide Ericson. To me, the galleries exhibitions and aesthetic is confident and at the same time very delicate. Anhava Gallery in Helsinki. During my latest visit to Helsinki I caught an exhibition with the artist Noora Schroderus, which was just eye opening. If you’re in Helsinki you have to visit.
And which Nordic artist should we keep an extra eye on during 2020?
— Ragna Bley. Swedish artist, living and working in Norway. She is exhibiting with OSL contemporary at Market Art Fair in April, before that she’s having an exhibition at Malmö Konsthall in January.
Tell us more about Market Art Fair. And what can we expect from this year’s event?
— It was established 15 years ago by a group of leading Nordic galleries and has grown into the leading Nordic contemporary art fair. The fair has a distinct Nordic focus. However, galleries are welcome to apply to the fair from all over the globe, and they are encouraged to apply with at least one Nordic artist in their presentation — an artist from, or working in, the region. Essentially you should be able to visit Market Art Fair and experience the best of what Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland has to offer in ways of contemporary art, as well as discover new and exciting artistic practices. It also includes a talks program with an impressive number of Nordic and international curators and artists, featuring panel discussions as well as in depth artist interviews. We are excited to be working closely with Iaspis — which is the residency program for visual arts, as well as the Goethe Institute in Stockholm.
Market Art Fair 2020 takes place April 24-26 at Liljevalchs konsthall on Djurgården in Stockholm.