Midsummer week with the German Contemporary exhibition


The Swedish Midsummer celebration was the reason for closing the exhibition for two days. Uppsala is completely empty during the Midsummer weekend!


The view from one of the windows in Galleri 1 shows the rose window of the cathedral


Mitko Ivanov Sabevs installation with water pipes


It was fortunate that I had Mia Hochreins Little Folk to keep me company in the Midsummer empty town


A name in the mysterious Little Folk sign writing


Another small friend, appropriately dressed for the rainy weather


There were visitors also, who were happy to see art from artists that were new to them. I got to show the exhibition to my colleagues from Studiefrämjandet i Uppsala who came to visit. (Photo by Gunnel Sörbom)

Thank you!

I think that I am not the only one feeling tired after this intensive weekend. I would like to say a big Thank you to all of our guests, both the german and the swedish ones for making the entire weekend so incredible! One of the most memorable moments for me was the entertainment at the Saturday dinner at Katedralkafét. Studiefrämjandets Catarina Lundgren sang beautiful opera in several languages with talented Antonietta Cannizzaro on the piano. The photograph below shows Catarina when she suddenly emerged in an outfit that made the entire room cheer. The photograph is taken from Kunststation Kleinsassens facebook album with many good pictures taken by Alexander Zyzik from the vernissage and the dinner . /Christina


Catarina Lundgren and Antonietta Cannizzaro. Photo by Alexander Zyzik


Bill-Ove Jonsson, the Swedish Scholarship holder 2010

Bill-Ove Jonsson was the Swedish Scholarship holder in 2010 and is also the art director behind  the German Contemporary catalogue. He left a career in advertising behind him when he became a full time artist and has been teaching printing techniques at Studiefrämjandet. However he seems equally at home with painting, sculpture or conceptual art and describes himself as ”to restless and maybe to curious” to settle for one field of work. The lowest common denominator in all of the works that I have seen by this artist is that it always contains  a darkness more or less hidden behind a pun. Learn more about how he tries to make the world a bit more human with art on his homepage. The pictures below are all from Bill-Oves scholarship stay in beautiful Kleinsassen./Christina


Bill-Ove sculpting at his scholarship stay in Kleinsassen. Photo taken by Marie Gisslén


View from the scholarship apartment. Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson


Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson


Sculpture and photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson


Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson


Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson


Kunststation Kleinsassen. Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson


Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson

Congratulations to Adina Almén!

This years swedish scholarship holder is artist Adina Almén! Adina works in several of Studiefrämjandets projects and with courses for children and teenagers.


Adina at ”Designlabbet”

You can read more about Adina and see some examples of her artworks on her homepage www.cargocollective.com/Adina

The presentation below is written by the artist:

”I’m born in Uppsala 1985 and after some years of study on different locations in Sweden I returned here. I’ve studied acting, theater teaching and visual art. In 2011 I got my bachelor degree in fine arts in Textile art from Steneby – School of Crafts and Design.
I like to work with installations and spatial art forms. My main material is textile but animation, video and drawings is also a big part of my artistry.
I haven’t yet visit Kleinsassen but I’m looking forward to spend some time there.”