Bonniers Konsthall showcases Swedish and international contemporary art in the heart of Stockholm.
Since it opened in 2006, Bonniers Konsthall has showcased and discussed art from all over the world. The museum originates from from an interest in young artistry, still at the core today. The iron-shaped transparent building, designed by Johan Celsing, has a glass façade that faces the city. It reflects the museum’s desire to be open and accessible.
By supporting contemporary art, Bonnier passes on its cultural heritage. For nearly as long as the company has published books and magazines, the Bonnier family has supported artists. The Bonnier family mansion, Nedre Manila on Djurgården in Stockholm, holds a unique collection of portraits of prominent Swedish writers, from August Strindberg to storytellers of today.
Exhibitions are open to everyone at Bonniers Konsthall. One of its most important goals is to promote strenghten people’s relationship to contemporary art. Artists from Sweden and abroad are represented at the museum, both well-known names and artists who have not yet reached a wider audience. As well as introducing individual artists, the museum arranges group exhibitions that put the works of art in a larger cultural context.
2020 begins with a large group exhibition of landscape paintings, The Trees, Light Green. The exhibition brings together historical and contemporary artists who have depicted the forest, the land and the landscape. Following this, there will be a solo exhibition with Éva Mag, Swedish artist, who has attracted a lot of attention. She recently received an honorable mention for her work Dead Matter Moves, performed at Performa 19, the world’s leading performance artist biennial in New York.
Visitors to the museum are welcomed by hosts with a vast knowledge of contemporary art, most of whom are also practicing artists. Open introductions to the exhibitions are held daily. The museum also offers other opportunities to learn more through thematic exhibitions, evening programs and get-togethers for pram-pushing parents.
The museum has its roots in the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation, founded in 1985 by Jeanette Bonnier in memory of her daughter Maria, who tragically died in a car accident. Since then, the foundation has awarded annual grants to young Swedish artists. The Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation has always been on the lookout for new and innovative art. Past recipients are today some of Sweden’s most prominent artists. The 2019 grants were given to Olof Marsja and Iris Smeds.
Jeanette Bonnier also founded Bonniers Konsthall. After her death in 2016, a foundation was set up in her name. The foundation continues to support the financing and development of Bonniers Konsthall.