Over the last few years Stockholm has created a truely internationl art fair to be proud of. The preparations for this year’s SUPERMARKET are in the final lap as they prepare set up the project and shape the content of the seminars and the art magazine. This year the fair received applications from many countries that have not previously been represented.
The goal of SUPERMARKET, the international artist-run art fair, is to provide a showcase for artists’ initiatives from all over the world and to create opportunities for new networks in the Swedish as well as the international art scene.
SUPERMARKET has been arranged since 2007 by a small group most of whom are artists themselves. Supermarket is a development of Minimarket, which was held at Konstnärshuset in February 2006 in reaction to the new commercial art fair Market.
Initiated and organised by artists, this project has rapidly evolved from a modest group of local initiatives to a full-fledged international art exhibition that has made its mark and helped firmly establish Stockholm on the art world map.
SUPERMARKET started in small scale as MINIMARKET in 2006 in an art nouveau palace, the following year it became SUPERMARKET, with international presence in the same site, 2008 it moved to a run-down industrial space, then to a newly built first-class designer hotel (Clarion Hotel Stockholm) and 2010 to the very heart of Stockholm – Kulturhuset (House of Culture).
SUPERMARKET has featured exhibitors from more than 35 countries, all part of a growing international trend of artist-run galleries, project spaces, artist collectives and other artists’ initiatives.
Why an art fair for artist-run galleries?
It is becoming increasingly common for artists to take matters into their own hands and set up galleries and project spaces. Supermarket is an arena for such artist-run initiatives. The aim is for Supermarket to be a place where a wider public can become a part of what is happening on the artist run scene. Supermarket wants to offer the visitor unexpected meetings and experiences rather than focusing on sales.
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