In 2012 a huge stone, wood and concrete building at Hållunden outside Stockholm opened its doors to the public. Artipelag, as the art gallery is called, has become a favorite haunt for as well journalists as Stockholmers who want an injection of world-class art, good food and unspoilt nature.
In 2000, Björn Jakobson , after many profitable years in Swedish business world, was struck with the idea of creating a beautiful building for art and cultural experiences somewhere in the Stockholm archipelago. That way he could combine his own deep interest in nature with his wife Lillemor’s background in art and design.
To call Artipelag an art gallery is a far too narrow term because Björn wanted an architecture in tune with nature. When he approached architect Johan Nyrén, the architect sair to Björn, “I won’t give you Bilbao, but an installation in tune with nature – that I can do.”
The result is a very Nordic-looking creation that almost disappears between the pine trees, only really visible as you approach the cape from the water because of the reflections in the big glass panels.
Artipelag toay is an international venue for art, good food, events and activities – beautifully set on Värmdö in the Stockholm Archipelago, just 20 minutes from the city centre of Stockholm. If one approaches the art gallery from the seaward side, one needs good eyes to make it out. The black-tarred wooden construction blends perfectly into the landscape.
This summer sees the nature theme evolve with an exciting new exhibition, Score for a Longer conversation by the Norwegian artist Bård Breivik. Score for a Longer Conversation consists of several vertical, elongated shapes. Though various craft techniques and materials were used to fashion the sculptures, all have the same length.
In a Norwegian context, Breivik is seen as a pioneer in modern sculpture and installation art. He is known for his deliberate choice of materials and keen interest in traditional arts and crafts.
The exhibition runs until 20 August.
The name Artipelag is a combination of Art, Activities, and Archipelago. It says a lot about what the center can offer, but it does not tell it all. The intention has been to create a destination of high international quality – with boundary-crossing art exhibits, inspiring activities, and good food.
There is a café for lighter meals and coffee and an upstairs à la carte restaurant, both with sea views and accessible for wheelchairs.
There is ample space at Artipelag – about 32,000 square feet – for a large art hall and a shop with own custom-designed products. The site also boasts its Artbox, an enormous concert – event – and studio locale of 13,000 square feet with accompanying artists’ space.
Those who want to see the area from above, can go to the roof terrace of the art gallery where the view of the bay Baggensfjärd and the archipelago is truly impressive.
How to get there
In summer – especially in fine weather – we recommend the boat that brings you in an hour and a half from central Stockholm to Hålludden.
By car it takes about 20 minutes from central Stockholm. You drive on the road 222 towards Gustavsberg. Parking at the Artipelag is no problem.
Moreover, there are direct buses from Vasagatan (next to the central station) to the Artipelag. Timetables can be found on the Artipelag website.
The Louisiana of Sweden , written by Tor Kjolberg