industry insider | Jul 10, 2018 |
Why this Nordic art fair is the chicest

Thirty-two galleries, in addition to an expanded design fair with 12 galleries and site-specific architectural installations, are just the beginning of this year's Chart Art Fair. The first edition to debut under newly named director Nanna Hjortenberg, the Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art center's show will kick off at the center's location in Copenhagen, Denmark, next month with a number of notable design installations and objects.

Exhibitor Galerie Forsblom; photo by Matthias van Arkel courtesy Erik Adamsson
Exhibitor Galerie Forsblom by Matthias van Arkel; courtesy Erik Adamsson

"Most importantly, we are introducing Chart Design as a new fair and exhibition platform at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. Twelve galleries from the Nordic region will present a curated selection of unique design, spanning classic design pieces from the 20th century to experimental contemporary collectibles and crafts. ... [O]ur 32 art galleries will exhibit artworks specially produced for this edition of the fair," Hjortenberg tells Business of Home of what visitors can expect this year.

What are some of her highlights? "In conjunction with the two fairs, Chart offers an extensive public program which aims to engage the whole of Copenhagen in contemporary artistic practices across the three days of the fair. The program includes a series of talks, performances, art films, five architectural installations and an extensive music program. Other highlights from this year include two curated exhibitions ‘Emerging’ and ‘Curio,’ promoting new Nordic talents in visual arts and design, along with a major site-specific installation by French-British artist Alice Anderson."

Exhibitor Galleri Magnus Karlsson with Peter Köhler's Yet Untitled; courtesy CHART
Exhibitor Galleri Magnus Karlsson with Peter Köhler's 'Yet Untitled'; courtesy Chart

Keep reading for our top picks:

Bigger, Better
Chart Design debuts an expansion this year—galleries including Adorno, Berg Gallery, Dansk Mobelkunst, Etage Projects, Galleri Feldt, Galleri Format Oslo, Jacksons, Koppe Contemporary Objects, Gallery Lemmetti, LOKAL, RAM Galleri, and Stockholmmodern have been tapped to showcase collectible design objects ranging from 20th-century modernism to contemporary genres, while French artist Anderson presents her site-specific installation.

The Next Generation
Scandinavia meets New York as Helga Christoffersen, associate curator at the New Museum, in New York, curates "Chart Emerging," a group exhibition spotlighting a range of emerging artists.

Architecture Buffs, Unite
Now in its fourth year, Chart Architecture is the fair's effort to spotlight young Nordic architects and architecture firms, as well as to "explore the crossover between art and architecture." Bjarke Ingels is among this year's notable judges.

Art Nouveau
Chart Curio, an exhibition platform that spotlights emerging and student talents, will spotlight designers, artisans and artists with experience in furniture design, industrial design, product design and other disciplines.

Above and Beyond
A number of other programs will also unfold, including Chart X KØS, an audio walk that guides visitors through Copenhagen by Rimini Protokoll (an agency representing artists including Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel), as well as a roster of performances, concerts and talks, and a performance dance that investigates the relationships between art and performance.

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