Vårsalong is the juried Spring Salon at Liljevalchs—Sweden's first public museum for contemporary art. Open through April 10, the Spring Salon marks the opening of each new artistic year.
Three Reasons to Visit Vårsalong 2016:
1. A diverse range of works from 114 artists/artist groups are on exhibit. It's a great way to get a feel for what is happening in the Swedish art scene. I was fascinated to see how much contemporary embroidery, needlework and fiber art was included in the exhibit. I was surprised and delighted to find out that the artists ranged in age from early twenties to 99-years-old!
2. The temporary location for this year's Spring Salon—"Urban Escape"—is an amazing space for exhibitions and offers fabulous views of Stockholm's rooftops. The industrial vibe is fantastic and the large open spaces allow for the display of larger outdoor works for the first time in the history of this annual event. It's also cool to ride the construction elevator, located on the building's exterior, up to the exhibition. The original historic Liljevalchs building, currently closed for renovations, is scheduled to reopen in 2017 so there's not much time to take in this great art space.
3. All the artwork in for sale—and the sales are going through the roof! There's nothing more exciting than seeing a red dot next to an original work of art in a gallery space. Liljevalchs takes that one step further by displaying the sales on a monitor. Each work is numbered and when sold, the number is displayed in red. I'm incredibly impressed by how much art and artists are valued and supported by the people of Sweden. There was a long line before the museum opened—on a weekday.