The Editors’ Guides to the Scandinavian Art Scene

Woke solo shows and speculative thematic exhibitions characterize the autumn season. Also, one of the region’s oldest biennials is reawakened and rejuvenated.

Danh Vo, She was more like a beauty queen from a movie screen, 2009. 54.5 x 96.5 x 13.5 cm. Collection Chantal Crousel.

Autumn Sonata – Denmark

Solid solo exhibitions, even of a more woke variety, lie ahead this autumn season. But this year, it was the Danish minister for culture who set the ball rolling. 

By Pernille Albrethsen


Ramlopelen, the mine at Løkken Verk, 1930–1937. From the exhibition catalogue for Rivers of Emotion, Bodies of Ore at Kunsthall Trondheim. Photo: Karl August Berg. Courtesy of Orkla Industrimuseum.

Autumn Sonata – Norway

A rowing trip to Tromsø, critique of the silencing of women and a speculative approach to the concept of ‘extraction’. It is the many kunsthalles across Norway that lead the way the coming art season.

By Jonas Ekeberg


Behzad Khosravi Noori, Professor Balthazar and The Monument to an Invisible Citizen (still), 2018.

Autumn Sonata – Sweden

Stockholm’s gallery scene is transformed, while new directors take over at several of the major institutions. And one of Scandinavia’s oldest biennials is reawakened and rejuvenated.

By Frans Josef Petersson