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Stockholm supermarket showcases international art

Published torsdag 23 mars kl 09.28
Artist: You get the feeling that we are unnecessary people in the art world
(7:26 min)
Andreas Ribbung (left) Alice Maselnikova (centre) and Pontus Raud (right), project managers and coordinators of Supermarket art fair 2017.
Andreas Ribbung (left) Alice Maselnikova (centre) and Pontus Raud (right), project managers and coordinators of Supermarket art fair 2017. Credit: Frank Blommestijn and Michiel van der Werf.

A supermarket with a difference opened in the Swedish capital Thursday, showcasing artist-run galleries from around the world, as part of Stockholm Art Week.

SUPERMARKET 2017 is an international art fair for artist-run galleries that are independent from the more controlling and commercial private galleries.  

"Having artist-run galleries allows artists to experiment and do what they want in contrast to many private galleries. It's a laboratory for contemporary art," says Pontus Raud, one of Supermarket's two project managers.

Fellow project manager Andreas Ribbung tells Radio Sweden how the art fair has grown from small beginnings in 2007, to a large international exhibition with artists from 25 different countries. 

Sometimes you get the feeling that artists are really unnecessary people in the art world because their status is low, but creating your own exhibition possibilities gives you freedom to experiment more." 

SUPERMARKET is open at Svarta Huset, Telefonplan, and runs until Sunday. It is part of Stockholm Art Week, with galleries and museums showcasing art throughout the week.

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