The multi-faceted exhibition, Malmö Sessions, brings almost fifty artists to Malmö, many for the first time. With an obsolete analogue image production facility as backdrop, the wide range of mediums and techniques presents an exhibition on image-making and portrayal in the digital era.
Artists: Zachary Armstrong, Gina Beavers, Ellen Berkenblit, Anna Bjerger, Alfred Boman, Petra Cortright, Canyon Castator, Sara Cwynar, Alex Da Corte, Maja Djordjevic, Buck Ellison, Oli Epp, Travis Fish, Gerasimos Floratos, Al Freeman, Alex Gardner, Aaron Graham, Justin John Greene, Henry Gunderson, Haley Josephs, Cheyenne Julien, Ilja Karilampi, Jordan Kasey, Botond Keresztesi, Basil Kincaid, Absalon Kirkeby, Hilma af Klint, James English Leary, Jason Matthew Lee, Austin Lee, E?va Mag, Stephen McClintock, Joel Mesler, Jill Mulleady, Robert Nava, Karl Norin, Oliver Osborne, Matthew Palladino, Jon Rafman, Loup Sarion, Ben Spiers, Constance Tenvik, Jim Thorell, Jake Troyli, James Ulmer, Austyn Weiner, Cameron Welch and Chloe Wise.
In collaboration with collector Erika Hellman and Svenska Hus, the series of large exhibitions of new and international art, previously done in Stockholm by Carl Kostyal Gallery now reaches an audience in the whole Öresund region. Located in a building complex familiar to those locally that are interested in art, the project wishes to contribute to an already healthy art scene in Malmö.
Malmö Sessions is an intense exhibition in the spirit of participation. The exhibiting artists are active and known on an international art scene and three of them will also be participating in the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 (Da Corte, Mulleady and Rafman). What connects the artists is a radical and expressive method in portraying the people, objects and subjects in our contemporary culture.
Carl Kostyal brought an extensive presentation of the work by Alex Israel to Stockholm in 2013. This was followed by large and institution-style exhibitions by Petra Cortright and Alex Da Corte in 2014, Austin Lee and Zhao Zhao in 2015 and Jon Rafman in 2016, to name but a few. A local group of artists headed by Alfred Boman, Jim Thorell and Karl Norin has also been shown in various constellations. Group exhibitions has shown the work of Klara Lide?n, Matias Faldbakken, Jana Euler, Yngve Holen, Katja Novitskova, Fredrik Vaerslev, Ed Atkins, Oscar Murillo, Timur Si-Qin, Pamela Rosenkranz and many more. Carl Kostyal Gallery has its headquarters on Savile Row in London, where solo shows by Gina Beavers, Dora Maurer, Austin Lee, Jonathan Binet, Alfred Boman, Piotr Lakomy, Yu Honglei, Sara Cwynar, Peter Schuyff, Gedi Sibony, Helen Marten, Peter Coffin has taken place amongst many others. Since 2018 Carl Kostyal is also running an artist residency at Masseria Fontana di Vite close to Matera in south Italy.
Erika Hellman, collector and CEO of Gullringsbo Egendomar, has been working closely with Carl Kostyal for over a decade and has not only built a prominent collection of art by international and young but established artists. She has also actively co-produced exhibitions, done donations to museums and an enthusiastic lender to exhibitions. For this occasion, Erika Hellman is releasing a catalogue over Gullringsbo konstsamling, the first in a series to come.
Svenska Hus AB is one of Sweden’s biggest privately owned real estate companies. It develops properties in a sustainable manner and shares the eternal perspective for business with its’ mother company Gullringsbo Egendomar. The collaboration with Carl Kostyal comes from the insight that supporting contemporary art is a contribution towards a sustainable society.