19.8.2015 by Amanda Mannström
The third edition of CHART Art Fair is beginning soon. This year 28 carefully selected galleries from the Nordic countries have been invited to participate. The main goal is of course to sell art, but CHART is also about bringing together the Nordic creative community at the main venue Kunsthal Charlottenborg and around the city of Copenhagen.
CHART was founded by five Copenhagen based galleries in 2013. The founding galleries, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, V1 Gallery, Andersen’s Contemporary and David Risley Gallery, had the idea of creating a platform that would attract an international audience to come see works from the leading galleries in the Nordic region. In a short time CHART Art Fair has managed to establish itself as one of the most important fairs for Nordic galleries with high standard and international presence. This year three Finnish galleries, Galerie Anhava, Galerie Forsblom and Gallery Taik Persons, are exhibiting at the fair.
In addition to the fair, CHART offers an ambitious programme of talks by invited guest speakers, curated and moderated by Mark Rappolt, renowned Editor-in-Chief at the British art magazine ArtReview. The audience will have a chance to engage in a discussion about the Finnish art scene at the talk “Is There Such a Thing as Finnish Art?” by Leevi Haapala, director of Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Claire Gould, curator at Helsinki Art Museum and professor and gallerist Timothy Persons. The talk is on Saturday, August 22nd at 4 PM in The Royal Academy of Art’s Garden.
The special projects section will display works created in corporation with the partners of the fair. ABSOLUT GYM BAR by John Kørner, video works in shops like Wood Wood and Normann Copenhagen and balcony art by Danish artist HuskMitNavn are just a few of the special works that can be found around the city.
In order to get the most out of all that CHART has to offer the experimental CHART app is a must. The app, which has been developed together with digital agency STRØM, combines art and technology and lets the audience unveil two site-specific art pieces at Charlottenborg.
Another highlight this year is the grand opening concert featuring both upcoming and established Nordic bands and DJ’s. The concert, which is free to all until 10 PM, takes place in the beautiful baroque courtyard of Kunsthal Charlottenborg on Friday, August 21st.