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Malmö an international arts centre

Malmö an international arts centre

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Malmö stad
Malmö Turism
Malmö – an international arts centre
Malmö has a rich offering for anyone with an interest in art. Proximity to the continenthas helped ensure international influences, creating a unique and vital art scene inSweden. As an arts centre, Malmö is less governed by convention than the Swedishcapital for natural reasons, and this works to its advantage. Here, even art in theperiphery is able to thrive. At the same time, Malmö is an arts centre that is gaining a broader and moresignificant role in Sweden. This could be seen in the Moderna Exhibition 2010 atModerna Museet in Stockholm. For the first time, more of the artists participating inthe exhibition had graduated from Malmö Art Academy than from the art schools inStockholm and Gothenburg. This was much due to the international profile of Malmö Art Academy’s courseprogramme and, despite its youth (the Academy was established in 1996), the fact thatit’s considered one of the leading art schools in Europe. The city’s art galleries, art groups, institutes and other forums for the arts alsocontribute to making Malmö a blossoming arts centre. The city is distinguished by itsgenerous attitude, providing a platform for everything from the established to the lessestablished and from the commercial to the ideal and, not least, all forms of collaboration between these extremes.For the visitor, enjoying the arts couldn’t be simpler. Art galleries are often found insmall clusters, and the larger institutes are never far away. A selection of dedicated organisations in the art world which together elevate Malmö’sart scene and give the city a place on the art map follows.
Malmöhus slott
 
is home to
 Malmö Art Museum (Malmö Konstmuseum)
, which has one of Sweden’s largest art collections. The art museum, which moved to its current premisesin 1937, has amassed one of Sweden’s largest collections of contemporary Nordic artover the past fifteen years. Thanks to the returns on private funds, the art museum hasa budget for new purchases that exceeds most institutes in Sweden. As a result,purchases can be used to support and stimulate not only the Nordic but even the localart scene. In addition to contemporary art, the art museum also has a large collectionof Nordic modernism and a legendary collection of Russian art. Each year, four to sixmajor exhibitions are staged, as well as about the same number of smaller exhibitions.From here, you can make your way via Kungsparken to Malmö Konsthall, and if youdo, then take the opportunity to view Ernst Billgren’s sculpture
Diana – Naturens väktare (Diana – Guardian of Nature)
, which was inaugurated in 2009.
 At Triangeln
you’ll find
 Malmö Konsthall 
, which is one of Europe’s largest exhibitionhalls for contemporary art. Malmö Konsthall opened in 1975 and offers great flexibility and a fantastic exhibition space. Plenty of light streams through all the windows anddomes in the roof, as well as through the glass wall opening onto the park. Built fromsimple and light-coloured materials, the building is mostly made of concrete and wood.Malmö Konsthall has been named one of the world’s most beautiful exhibition spacesfor art on a number of occasions. Each year, ten or so exhibitions of an internationalcharacter are held.Close to Konsthallen are two of Malmö’s many interesting art galleries,
Galleri Ping-Pong 
 and
Galleri 21
. Galleri Ping-Pong focuses on young, Swedish contemporary art. Galleri
 
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21
 
exhibits Nordic and European contemporary art, but even art with a localconnection.Not far from here is
Galleri Format 
, a specialist photography gallery located in theMazetti Cultural Centre (Kulturhuset Mazetti). Here you can view exhibitions featuring fine art and documentary photography. A block away is
Galleri 
 
Signal - Center för samtidskonst (Centre for Contemporary Art)
, partly run by artists. Signal arranges national and international exhibitions, collaborations,lectures and discussion forums. They also provide an artist archive of artists fromSouthern Sweden, primarily Malmö.
 At Möllevångstorget
, you can visit the young art gallery/project room
Krets 
, whereyou’ll find unconventional and non-commercial contemporary art with no specificfocus. Krets’ well attended vernissages often bring together the well established artpublic with young groundbreakers. A couple of blocks from here are the more commercial galleries
Galleri Elastic 
and
Galleri Magnus Åklundh.
Galleri Elastic exhibits young, promising contemporary art of high class, often featuring art graduates from Malmö Art Academy. Galleri Magnus Åklundh is more international, exhibiting art aimed at a broader audience as well asthose with a more grounded interest in art. One of the gallery’s showrooms is oftenused for work by artists with a local connection. A stone’s throw away is
Galleri Lilith Waltenberg 
, with a focus on modern contemporary art.
 Ystadgatan/Bragegatan
is where you’ll find one of the city’s larger art clusters. If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with vernissages and art happenings, and you caneasily while away a good few hours. The Art Academy’s gallery,
KHM 
, is located here,and this is where masters’ graduates hold their final exhibitions. If you want to know in which direction contemporary art is headed, this is the place to visit. The adjacent building houses one of Malmö’s most interesting watering holes for art
 ,Lilith Performance Studio
. It’s an independent arena for practical art research with a focuson visual arts performance. Each year, the studio invites six to eight artists from allover the world to an extended stay under which they can develop and present a new performance piece. Purely a production site and arena for visual arts performance, thestudio is the first of its kind in the world.In the same area we find one of Sweden’s oldest art groups,
Skånes Konstförening 
,established in 1905. This non-profit group has a gallery and a larger staging room. Forthe most part, they exhibit contemporary art by both Swedish and international artists.Each year, the gallery holds eight exhibitions, while the staging room is used for weekly events, featuring everything from art music and performance to seminars. The samebuilding is home to
 Abandoned Galleri 
, comprising a closed room with a glass door.Inside the room, an artist exhibits a piece of work that is only open to viewing on theday of the vernissage. After this, visitors must make do with peering through the glassdoor. The area also has several artists’ studios and workshops.
In the city centre
is
 Moderna Museet Malmö 
, a local ‘branch’ of Moderna Museet inStockholm. It opened in 2009 and is housed in a beautiful old power station from1901. Here you can enjoy high class art from Moderna Museet’s collections, as well asexhibitions that Moderna Museet Malmö arranges independently. In its project room,the museum has chosen to focus on young artists with a connection to Malmö.From here it’s easy to get to
 Johan Berggren Gallery 
, a contemporary art gallery thatexhibits young, international art from Scandinavia, Europe, the U.S. and other places.

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