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SKY – Finnish Curators’ Association – travelled to Stockholm to browse the art scene there. The trip as such as well as the institutions in more detail are described in other blogs; See

But we didn’t only sit at coffee tables and discussion groups. We also attended 3 very very different Opening Parties and learned a lot from them.


The first was Tensta konsthall. This was really great. The exhibition architecture was superb and the art great too. There were quite many speeches, but these were held in the small hall so one could at the same time look at the main hall exhibition quite in peace.

There was served sangria all through the evening. At the beginning of the evening it was mostly (or only) juice and then more and more white wine. This was very nice, but the TRULY GREAT THING was the middle-eastern supper that was served at the square. Cooked by local small restaurants. Absolutely wonderful and plentiful in variety – and for free!

The second opening we went to was Moderna Museet and Yayoi Kusamas dot-art. There at the entrance we were met with requirements to prove right of getting in as half of Stockholm seemed to be there. This matter was fluently cleared by our director Maija K. by making clear just how important an association SKY is.

Inside it was all chaos. There was an endless que to the actual exhibition. So it was not an option to start from. Until quite late they served white wine for free and after that there was a bar outside – and a very beautiful summer night falling in. So we spent our time with each other and white wine until very close to closing time -22 pm -we could see the show.

I don’t maybe care so much for dots on canvas in different formations, but found a different kind of past-time  to go around photographing people who had come dressed in dotted dresses, shirts, ties… Here a small selection from the shots:


The third Opening was at INDEX and yet again very different from the other two.

This was a curatorial board choice of 6 young artists hung so that one could not really tell where one artist’s work started or ended. At first sight it looked like one show, perfectly joined and varying the same theme. Then we started to try to find out what was  whose. There were no title labels. The space was very clean of information  – and the work beautifully hung.

For a time we wondered where everybody was coming from with the title sheets and curatorial text – and the beers. Then we realized that the gallery had made the choice to separate office and gallery spaces entirely and for more information and beverages you had to walk around the corner. Very stylish, I would say.

There were one short speech and one long one – but both given with such good mood and smiles that one didn’t really mind 😉


So three very different ways to do it, none of them bad in any way – just very different.

Annu Wilenius

Last weekend SKY made an excursion to the exotic Stockholm. Sverige-Finland fonden was kind enough to provide travels and accommodation for the trip. The happy traveler’s group consisted of the SKY board: Anna Jensen, Maija Kasvinen, Christine Langinauer, Sanna Sarva and Annu Wilenius.

Four days in hardly enough in a city filled with interesting art, but here is a photographic summary about some of the things we attended in out trip.

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Anna at IASPIS office.

We started at IASPIS (Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists), where we got to meet the director Johan Pousette and Lena Malm. The artists-in-residence also have their studios on this hallway so the visit took longer than expected as we catched some of the artist and had a chat in their studios.

On the first day we also attended opening at Tensta Konsthall. Tensta, known for its extensive program, gave its best in terms of art: Viet Nam Diskurs Stockholm is a project by Marion von Osten and Peter Spillman, dealing with how the actions in Vietnam influenced the rise of radical political art in the 60’s and 70’s. There was also pieces by Ingela Ihrman, such as Jättebjörnlokan (more on these later on). What really made me happy was to see how the locals interacted with the konsthall – there was a lot of people passing by, good music, barbeque and general good mood in addition to art. When will we see this in an art institution in Finland?


Ingela Ihrman: Jättebjörnlokan


Opening/barbecue/party at Tensta Konsthall.


The night continued to Moderna Museet, where we celebrated the opening of Yayoi Kusama. The woman is truly everywhere!

Friday was booked with meetings. We started with Färgfabriken and Joachim Granit. Joachim told us about the history and program of Färgfabriken and the good discussion went on so that we almost missed the next meeting. Nonetheless, we managed to run through an exhibition by Bouchra Khalili ”The opposite of Voice-over”.


Joachim Granit, chokladbollar and the studious curators at Färgfabriken.

Next up was Magasin III. Magasin III seems like one of the most hyped art institutions in the north. The name of the place can hardly be mentioned without admiring sighs ”amazing”, ”interesting program”. Unfortunately, we just missed the previous exhibition but curator Tessa Praun was kind enough to meet us for a discussion. Besides to the interesting program, we learned that Magasin III is truly in a good position with stable funding and free hands in terms of program. Tessa seems to have a dream job.


Tessa Praun at Magasin III.

Friday was busy and from Magasin III we moved on to Index. Index (The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation) had an opening with the works of Flaka Haliti, Hanne Lippard, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff. We were lucky to catch a performance with Hanne Lippard – a hilarious survey on the current lifestyle; communications, self-indulgelment and egoistic analysis.

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Me at Index opening. Taking selfies in opening pretty much sums up the topics of the exhibition: communications, self-branding and displaying connections.

On Saturday we had to choose among a discussion in Tensta, Marabouparken or Konsthall C. We decided to go for Marabouparken as the topic ”Is it still important to rebel?” from a feminist perspective gave promises on heated discussion. And as all good discussions (in Sweden…) it ended with a sing-along led by the artist Gittan Jönsson.

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Gittan Jönsson leading sing-along ending the event at Marabouparken.

Last day was reserved for strolling around in the galleries but to our great surprise nearly everything was closed. Maybe it was because of the summertime. In the end, we managed to see some art as we went to the final exhibition by Royal Institute of Art (KKH) ”Collect Yourself”. Judging by this exhibition the future of Swedish art does look bright.

More detailed texts about the exhibitions and institutions we visited will be available here at SKY blog soon.

Maija Kasvinen