Monthly Archives: August 2011


Vernissages: 25th of August 2011 (Stockholm)

Every now and then, the heaven seems to be brighter. Last Thursday, it was that kind of night. We departed with a GPS, well charged cameras, enjoyment and a bit of an excitement too. The direction was taken to St: Eriksplan, where most of the night´s openings took place.

25th of August 2011 – Hudiksvallsgatan (Stockholm)

Our first stop was at Andersson/Sandström Gallery, were the American artist, Alyson Shotz was showing her latest work under the powerful title, “Fundamental forces”. An exhibition with a magnetic theme — and an actual direct physical effect. Let´s take a look!

“Fundamental forces”/ Alyson Shotz – Andersson/Sandström

 “Fundamental forces”/ Alyson Shotz – Andersson/Sandström

“Fundamental forces”/ Alyson Shotz – Andersson/Sandström

Just around the corner, in Andréhn-Schiptjenko gallery, another party was running — an opening of the solo show “Overhaul” by Annika Von Hausswolff. Her work is based on a documentary project, examining a world in rapid change and flux.

 “Overhaul” /Annika Von Hausswolff – Andréhn-Schiptjenko 

 “Overhaul” /Annika Von Hausswolff – Andréhn-Schiptjenko 

Photographs by Konsthopp

This is just a snapshot of an overall starry night. It was full of life and packed with people — all kind of people. You might have been there yourself and picked out your very favorite or maybe you’ve seen some of Konsthopp’s photographs from the night. However, we are about to mention our own top picks …

So stay tuned! It’s to be continued…

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Vernissage: 18th of August 2011, Wetterling (Stockholm)

Thursday was BIG! But before we tell you all about it, there is one more exhibition we want you readers to know about.

Over a week ago we went to an opening night of a young artist from Gothenburg. And since that night, we’ve been thinking about this particular blog entry and how we should actually write about it, in order to genuinely describe our feelings of impression. It doesn’t happen often that we’re out of words, but sometimes —certainly in this case— it does.

One reason for this to happen, might be the consequence of entering an exhibition that from the first second, touches you so deeply that you know it will result in a found and unforgettable memory. Something you really just have to experience yourself, in order to understand.

Another reason might be the fact that an artist creates, in a “simple white gallery”, an absolutely unique world with material as basic as a brown duct tape, bought from the nearest hardware store. Being more specific, it took the artist 6 weeks of preparation, using 3000 rolls of duct tape, equaling 200 km.

“Devoured” – Johnny Boy Eriksson

And who is the person behind this outstanding work? Who created this world made of simple brown duct tape, bought from the hardware store?

Well — we know he’s from Gothenburg. And we know his artistic name is Johnny Boy Eriksson. That’s all.

In the middle of the colorful (and a bit fancy) crowd, we saw a laid-back guy, wearing long shorts and a white t-shirt, with a black cap turning backwards on his head. The name, “Johnny Boy”, looked good on him. He’s a guy from the hood — if you know what I mean.

We’ll end it by quoting a young viewer from the crowd: “This is sick man!”


Photographs by Konsthopp

Date: 18th of August – 3rd of September 2011

Artist: Johnny Boy Eriksson

Place: Wetterling gallery, Kungsträdgården 3, Stockholm

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11.00 – 17.30 ; Saturday, 13.00 – 16.00. Or by appointment.

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Tomorrow is a big vernissage night all around Stockholm, and we can’t wait!

Art Concept Store is opening the group exhibition “Vi lovar att vara lyckliga” were Hanna Hedström among others will be showing her work. Hanna was the solo artist in the galleries latest exhibition, “Outforskad Mark” and Konsthopp was there.

Hanna Hedström – Outforskad Mark

Hanna Hedström – Outforskad Mark

All photographs by Konsthopp

What will be waiting for us tomorrow is still an open question but what we know is that there will be a lot of art going on!

So don’t fail on checking out the upcoming and follow us live on twitter or facebook.

Lets team up for a big night out!


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Vernissage: 15th of August 2011, Talent Gallery (Stockholm)

One of the best-known Swedish athlete is without a doubt the tennis player and former legend — Björn Borg. And even though tennis is certainly a popular sport  worldwide it had never crossed my mind that I would one day be on an art exhibition dedicated to this specific game.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Despite being in general an anti-sportist —and far from being a Tom & Jerry fan— I was very fond of the exhibition and the uncommon and almost surreal blend of tennis, famous cartoon characters and sweet candy. It was tastefully and smartly set-up in a small but bright space, with every little detail located in an exactly right place.

Regarding the name of the exhibition, “Sweet dreams are made of this” —along with some of the art work titles, e.g.“Home sweet home”— it was obvious that the artist’s own nostalgia was in the foreground when creating the work.

 A work resulting in an overall fascinating, tasteful and delicious exhibition.

And touching upon nostalgia— I loved the idea of the colorful tiny candy bags. Yummie-Yum!

You also like colorful candy? Check out Konsthopp’s photographs from the exhibition here!

Date: 15th – 29th of August 2011

Artist: This is play time

Place: Talent Gallery, Kocksgatan 23, Stockholm

Opening hours: Tuesday -Friday, 11.30 – 18.30 ; Saturday, 12.00 – 17.00

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Artist talk: Christian Sandell (Sweden)

“Sweden is my comfort zone,” says Christian Sandell. In our latest artist talk, this multi-talented artist share his stories of the conflict of being Swedish/Greek, confesses that his art is “maybe a little pathetic” and surprises us with the fact that he plays several instruments.

About his most memorable moment as an artist, Christian Sandell will never forget his first visit to the highly-influential Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

 That was a real kick. It was a big Matisse exhibition. I didn´t care too much about Matisse but I was stunned by the concept of the building. This big place full to the rim with really cool art. Every kid should have an experience like that.

Curious? Learn more about the scientific artist (as he describes himself) here!

“Det gamla Greckiskorna” / Installation (2011)

Photograph by Konsthopp

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On-going: 18th of June – 28th of August 2011

It was on a Friday afternoon, almost 10 days ago, that I dropped in to Sven-Harrys (Konstmuseum) to take a look at their summer exhibition, (7) Stipendiater. The sun was being particularly generous that day, so going in there seemed like the perfect idea to please my soul while cooling down the body. And as it was my first time there, I didn’t really know what to expect.

I must admit, that the big windows and an overwhelming entrance, made me think —for a split of a second— that maybe I didn’t really belong there. That feeling disappeared as quick as it came when I entered the room and was greeted with a warm, welcoming smile from the personnel.

Which reminded me —something that I should really know by now— that art belongs to everybody.

Aside the welcoming staff, it was primarily the artwork that astonished me. Walking into the first hall, I was embraced by colorful images of women in different circumstances, painted by Meta Isæus-Berling. And walking through the different halls and floors of the gallery, I was repeatedly amazed.

Siblings by Maria Hall (2011)

Mirrored Inverted Unconscious by Ylva Ogland (2009)

Photographs by Konsthopp

However, not too familiar with the background, I learned that the seven artists behind the exhibition (that interestingly enough, are all women) have all been awarded with scholarships from the Sven-Harrys Foundation, a scholarship that rewards promising and noteworthy artists within their field.

As an amateur and still learning, my favorite part was the introduction of “new” Swedish artists and the variety of work they present; the “simple”, two-dementioned paintings by Eva Kerek — the girls “demanding action” by Meta Isæus Berling — or the stunning “siblings” by Maria Hall. — And so much more.

Summing up: If you haven’t been there — check it out! Enjoy last days of summer and get to know some of Sweden’s outstanding artists.

Not sure you can go? See the work through “Konsthopp’s eyes” — here

Date: 18th of June – 28th of August 2011

Artists: Ylva Ogland, Meta Isæus-Berling, Karin Mamma Andersson, Maria Hall, Sonja Larsson, Eva Kerek and Åsa Larsson

Place: Sven-Harrys (Konstmuseum), Eastmansvägen 10, Stockholm

Opening hours: Wednesday, 11.00 – 17.00 ; Thursday, 12 – 20.00 ; Friday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00

Entrance fee: 60 kr ; 40 kr for students and pensioners ; free for children up to 18 years old

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On-going: 8th of July – 27th of August 2011, Pop-up store at Galleri Jonas Kleerup (Stockholm)

A few years ago I first heard about pop-up market in my hometown, Reykjavik. Shortly after, the concept of pop-up expanded with pop-up stores, pop-up galleries and pop-up restaurants. And pop-up is popular.

Villa Contemporary Art recently opened their second pop-up store, dedicated to contemporary artists. The store provides a great selection of original work, prints, publications, sculptures and other art work by artists from all around the globe. Even on a grey Monday afternoon, the pop-up store was filled with curious tourists, art lovers and ordinary citizens. No wonder — the window display alone was enough to seduce most strollers.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The atmosphere inside the pop-up store was nothing compared to a general gallery visit. The sensation was rather like being a kid at the amusement park — surrounded by exiting toys and colorful candy — and more than willing to break the piggy bank open.

We are already looking forward to the next pop-up conceptual art store!

Villa Contemporary Art

Date: 8th of July – 27th of August 2011

Artists: The Designers Republic, Lucky Thief, BAST, Christian Coinbergh, SEEN, Yoshi Sodeoka, Damien Hirst, Christian Saldert, Delta (Boris Tellegen), Faile, Thomas Ruff, Marcel Strüwer, Ola Rindal, Vivianne Sassen, Harmony Korine, David Shrigley, Kid Acne, Blu, Jeff Koons, Shepard Fairey (Obey), Chris Johanson, Exergian, Jesper Waldersten, Tauba Auerbach, Elmgreen & Dragset, Fiona Banner, Gerry Johansson, Takashi Murakami and others.

Place: Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Jakobs Torg 3, Stockholm

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Artist talk: Páll Haukur Björnsson (Iceland)

Páll Haukur Björnsson has been active within the Icelandic art scene for several years, both by participating and organising. He´s a boardmember at the Living Art Museum and the art director of Sequences, a real life art festival in Reykjavik. Páll was in the spotlight of the Icelandic visual art scene when he posed for a fellow Ragnar Kjartansson at the Venice Bienniale in 2009. The performance, named “The End”, lasted for six months and gained favor with both critics and audiences throughout the artistic world.

Páll´s performances are usually political and filled with mockery. His work is often characterized by double entendre and insist the viewer to concentrate — dig deeper and take a closer look.

What do we mean by double entendre?

Take a look of an example from his artist statement.

“IT is not about understanding – anything – outside the breathing instant of the now – the moment. The big picture is too comprehensive – there is no big picture.”

If you are one of those who like to think — you should read Páll´s interview here.

A work from the exhibition Garður (2011) by Páll Haukur Björnsson

Photograph by Konsthopp

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Vernissage: 30th of July 2011, Studio 44 (Stockholm)

Stockholm’s art life is gradually waking up after its long and pleasant summer vacation. In fact, everybody seems to need a brake —even Swedish newspapers and TV channels— but happily, Konsthopp is back on track!

Studio 44 did the honors last Saturday, when the first “autumn” opening was launched, the extremely-long-titled-exhibition; “Again… Words will pass through our bodies, above our heads.” 

 Two sofa talks in one, a video loop by Jenny Grönvill (2007)

The exhibition is a mixture of a video installation by Jenny Grönvall, along with drawings and sketches made in a collaboration with Julia Björnberg and Ellen Suneson. Combined with Pride 2011, the artists map out the exhibition space with words, sketches and drawings —as well as video loops— questioning the “normative” structure of power within the cultural sphere. With clip art and personal diary notes, the main theme of the work touch upon feminist utopia and gender equality within the art world, diagnosing for instance the frames of their artistic work.

The gallery´s winter program is packed with promising exhibitions. With this exhibition, as well as the gallery´s past events, Studio 44 clearly falls in as one of the city´s coolest exhibition space.

Our advice: Experience it! Put a Bowie record on and “let´s dance”…

Dance with it, a video loop by Jenny Grönvall (2007)

Photographs by Konsthopp

Want more? You can see all of our photos from the vernissage here!

Date: 30th of July – 7th of August 2011

Artist: Jenny Grönvall

Place: Studio 44, Tjärhovsgatan 44 B, 1st floor, Stockholm

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