The Spring Salon 2018
For two years, while the builders and craftsmen were busy in Carl Bergsten’s pink building, the Spring Salon was relocated to the Stockholm city centre, a necessity that turned into a resounding success. In 2016, 83,387 visitors took a construction site hoist up to the split-level exhibition space with magnificent views at Malmtorgsgatan 8. In 2017 even more visitors, a total of 86,834, found their way to the Spring Salon at Malmskillnadsgatan 32.
On 12 January, in renovated galleries and with reinforced foundations, the Spring Salon will once again welcome visitors at Djurgården and will run for ten weeks, until 25 March, while construction work continues behind the building on the extension which will be completed in 2020, providing Liljevalchs with a new exhibition space in excess of 2,000 square metres.
The 2018 Spring Salon attracted 2,423 applications, of which almost two thirds were women. Of the 137 selected artists, 79 were women and 58 men; the average age of the applicants is 49. The youngest is a 19-year-old from Norrköping and the eldest, this as well as last year, is the veteran Siv Appelqvist from Lund who will celebrate her 93rd birthday this year.
Some 60 of the selected applicants come from the greater Stockholm area and one participant is from Helsinki. Otherwise the distribution is, as usual, extensive, from Brännö to Gotlands Tofta, from Luleå to Lund.
In keeping with recent years, painting is the dominant medium, represented by 131 works, including painting-based mixed media, followed by 41 drawings, 28 sculptures, 24 graphic and 23 textile works. All the artworks are for sale; the price is set by the participants and is displayed in the exhibition catalogue.
This year’s jury included artists Sara-Vide Ericson and Dan Wolgers, the writer Lena Andersson and was chaired by Liljevalchs’ director Mårten Castenfors.