Grafikens Hus is a museum and a meeting place for contemporary printmaking, situated in Södertälje, Sweden. Our mission is to make the graphic arts and printmaking accessible to as many different people as possible. We want to examine printmaking as an art form and explore its boundaries, so as to take it forwards into the future. Through an innovative educational programme, we want to invite audiences to experience printmaking in new and different ways. Driven by an ongoing curiosity, we follow everything that happens within the graphic arts and printmaking today – in Sweden as well as internationally.
Our work takes place through an ongoing project activity in a variety of settings, often in collaboration with other organizations and institutions. We are currently in the planning stages for building a new museum, with large flexible exhibition spaces and state of the art printmaking workshops, within a beautiful old industrial building and former foundry in Södertälje. The area is currently undergoing an exciting transformation to become a new science park, where the arts, science and innovation will be brought together. The opening of the new museum is scheduled for 2018. Until then we will be working from our offices in Södertälje Town Hall.
The museum was founded in 1996, as a result of several years of intensive work aimed at creating a centre for the graphic arts in Sweden. Led mainly by the Swedish artists Philip von Schantz, Nils G Stenqvist and Björn Lindroth, their shared vision was to create a place where visitors could go to experience contemporary graphic arts; to make artworks themselves and even to acquire art. This is a vision that the museum still upholds today. Throughout the years, the museum has produced a number of large exhibitions, with artists ranging from newly examined students from Sweden’s art colleges, to well known Swedish and international names, such as Linn Fernström, Pablo Picasso, Jesper Waldersten, Joan Miró, Lena Cronqvist, Lars Lerin, Karin Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström.
Previously located in the old royal barn near Gripsholms Castle in Mariefred, the museum with its entire art collection and workshop burnt down to the ground in March 2014. Following the fire, Grafikens Hus has been without a fixed location, but has kept its activities going through various c/o-operations, with workshops, print productions, podcasts, lectures, exhibitions and residency programs. As of the beginning of 2016, Grafikens Hus was re-established in Södertälje, where we continue to produce art projects and explore the possibilities of printmaking, whilst building a brand new museum.
‘Barnens Löpsedlar’ is an ongoing art project in Södertälje where children are encouraged to express their opinions about their home town by using printmaking techniques. The first round of the project was held at Soldalaskolan.
‘Ut-tryck’ is a collaborative art project by Grafikens Hus Artist-in-Residence Saadia Hussain. Together with Hussain, Grafikens Hus invited young girls (aged 13 to 19) from different areas across Södertälje to collaborate on the creation of a new site-specific work. With Hussain as the Artistic Director, the girls created a large new mural together in Södertälje’s Skate- and Parkour park.
MakerSommar was a summer camp for children and young adults in Södertälje. As a collaboration between Grafikens Hus, the science museum Tom Tits Experiment and Ung Fritid (Children & Youth division) at Södertälje municipality, Grafikens Hus invited the Swedish artist duo Lundahl & Seitl to represent artistic experimentation and explore the future of digital arts and printmaking together with the camp’s young participants.
Framtidens Grafik (The Future of Printmaking) is an ongoing research project where Grafikens Hus explicitly sets out to explore the possibilities of printmaking and what printmaking might become in the future, above all through artistic projects.
You can now buy exclusive editions of artworks produced by Grafikens Hus from our own webshop.