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 program, 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 printmaking workshops within an old industrial building, a 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 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.
Kringlans Art Window is a new exhibition space, initiated by Grafikens Hus, in collaboration with Telge Fastigheter. Three exhibitions were held 2017 inside the 50-meter-long store front, in the back of the mall. Petra Bauer, Fredrik Lindqvist and Rudy Loewe was some amongst the artists exhibited.
‘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 2016 at Soldalaskolan. An exhibition at Stadshuset, Södertälje was held to present the children’s work. The second round was at Fornbackaskolan in autumn 2017.
Gränslös Grafik is a print making festival that Grafikens Hus held in August/September 2017 in collaboration with Södertälje konsthall, Södertälje Konstnärkskrets and Saltskog Gård. The print making workshops and talks was admission free, open to all. Participating artists in the exhibition Gränslös Grafikfestival at Konsthallen, Södertälje: Hasse Asplund, Mats Blomqvist, Shabnam Faraee, Soud Habbi, Ritva Hansson, Rami Khoury,
Fia Kvissberg, Jan Manker, Ulrika Moberg, Göran Pettersson, Maud Probst-Rönnbom,
Olof Sandahl, Vartanoush Sarkis, Nidal Sawas och Knut Stahle.
Artists-in-Residence. It means that artists get the opportunity to evolve their artistry for some period of time. The emphasis is print making and the artistic process. In November, the artist Ciara Philips had an Artist-in-Residence at Grafikens Hus. She will come back for an exhibition 2018. The graphic designers Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark och Sara Kaaman also had an A-i-R 2017 and it ended with the exhibition “Natural Enemies of Books” at Konstakademin, Stockholm.
Dansbana! 2017-2018 we began a collaboration with the association Dansbana to create a spontaneous sports ground for dance in Södertälje. The graphic designer Sepidar Hosseini, class of ESBD15 and teacher Karin Bernestedt at Wendela Hebbes Gymnasium was invited by Grafikens Hus. Autumn 2017 workshops was held to make a pattern, through dance, typography and print making, as part of the installation.
Generation Grafik is an art project where Grafikens Hus explore the possibilities of cooperation between artists and designer from different generations, to share knowledge and to inspire each other. We had several workshops and seminars both in Södertälje and Stockholm. Generation Grafik was held in collaboration with Grafikskolan, the Royal Art Institute, Kultur 365 and with support by PostkodLotteriets Kulturstiftelse.
‘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.