Generally, the galleries have been the only place for younger artists to show their work in Stockholm, and there have been quite a large number of galleries existing considering Stockholm is not a metropolis. However, there has been too little rejuvenation amongst the galleries during the last couple of years, and therefore younger artists have not been signed as the pre-existing galleries have been “full”. This has lead to a situation where artists have either been moving to other cities, such as Berlin, or trying to start their own artist run spaces. For a while there has been a tremendously vibrating scene with different temporary “galleries” or show-cases with no budget, desperately trying to show art with a varied result, and a stagnant scene within the larger institutions.
Despite the current “baisse” in economy, all of a sudden several new galleries have established in Stockholm, and most of them are actually taking in younger artists. ALP gallery, Peter Bergman, was the first young gallerist opening, and two of the most prominent Stockholm galleries have unexpectedly re-opened their galleries during 2003. Both galleries had been closed for several years in Stockholm, first Nordenhake (who moved to Berlin and opened up a large gallery there); and secondly Andreas Brändström, who now have teamed up with Jan Stene. The Stockholm branch of Nordenhake is not only showing artists already included in their Berlin-“stable” but has surprisingly also opened up to younger talents like Jan Christensen. Brändström & Stene have also picked up on new talents, but is also showing some heavy-duty young names like for instance Jeppe Hein. Brändström & Stene will also be represented at this year’s “Statements” in Basel with Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena.
An ambulating curator-run gallery named Simon Says, who has been showing at the Enkehuset gallery during last year’s autumn, are showing a mixture of just recently graduated artists and some alternative shows expanding the curatorial field, like having a cat exhibition instead of showing only art. Their fresh initiative perhaps takes the edge off the image of the curator as the stuck up dictator with no self-irony.
Two more galleries should be mentioned with special emphasis, the Natalia Goldin Gallery and Aldy Milliken Gallery. Aldy Milliken was one of the two guys running the Zinc gallery, and is opening up again after little more than a year without a space. He will be working with most of the same artists from Zinc, like for instance Lars Siltberg. Natalia Goldin however, is the completely new kid on the block, and she is picking up hard core unsigned and fresh artists. This is quite unusual and will be worth to follow with a special interest.
When the Moderna Museet re-opens in February, the art scenario will look quite different from when the Moderna closed. Perhaps will the large museum let itself get inspired by the young and vibrant art scene suddenly existing and perhaps show some of the less commercial young artists that will also need a showcase?