Global Galleries: Fotografiska, Stockholm

Fotografiska was established by brothers Jan and Per Broman, opening its doors on 21 May 2010. In the space of a few years the museum grew, going from working with three artists to over 200, quickly making the museum relevant in the contemporary art world.

Fotografiska is not your usual conventional museum or gallery space. It does not display permanent exhibitions or artworks commercially. Their sole focus is to ‘inspire a more conscious world’. It aims to achieve this by showcasing works by well-known photographers and rising stars whose photos shed light on global issues and challenge viewers to question social norms. The founders believe that photography as a medium has the power to tell important stories and action change, so with this, their exhibition programme is designed not just to entertain but create impact.

Being one of the largest centres for contemporary photography in the world, each year Fotografiska puts on approximately four major and around 20 smaller exhibitions. The museum presents an excellent variety of styles and techniques through its displays, always with highly esteemed artists in the mix such as Mattias Klum, Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz and Robert Frank.

On the top floor you will find Fotografiska’s award-winning restaurant, with some of the most impressive views in Stockholm across the water toward Kastellholmen, Skeppsholmen and Djurgården. The menu is seasonal with a focus on plant-based ingredients and little waste, an approach that has earned them a Michelin Green Star for sustainable gastronomy. With Fotografiska being open until 11pm every day, it is the perfect spot for an evening spent seeing a new exhibition, then dining out.

Whether you are a local or a visitor, Fotografiska is a great place to spend a few hours to witness world-class photography and ever-changing perspectives.

Fotografiska is open every day from 10am-11pm; Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden; fotografiska.com/sto/en

By Scarlet Bailey Tait. Scarlet is based in London and specialises in writing about art

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