Under the new direction of Nanna Hjortenberg, the fair received positive response for quality presentations, the expanded design fair, special installations and the extensive public programming. The 2018 edition closed with a significant increase in visitors and international presence.
closed on Sunday, 2 September with outstanding art and design presentations, 28,523 number of visitors, including a robust turnout of local and international collectors. Exhibitors and participating artists noted important presence of collectors, journalists and curators, which led to significant sales and institutional acquisitions. This reflected on the increased number of collectors and institutions, not only from the Nordic region, but also from other territories including Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and The United States.
Now in its sixth edition, 44 exhibiting galleries from the Nordic countries were invited to participate in the 2018 edition. The art fair section of CHART, featured outstanding 20th- and 21st-century artworks in a range of media presented by 32 leading Nordic galleries. The 2018 edition launched special presentations produced for the 2018 edition of the fair, and has an increased focus on solo and dual presentations. Notable presentations included: Galleria Heino, a new exhibitor, showed new works by Finland´s acclaimed photographer and video artist, Elina Brotherus; Galleri Magnus Karlsson presented new works on paper by Peter Köhler, made specifically for this year's edition; and Andersson/Sandström exhibiting large-scale works by Turner Prize-winning British sculptor, Tony Cragg.
"The visitor numbers for CHART has been rising year on year, but this is the first time we experience such an explosive increase in the number of guests. We have had guests from 22 different countries, visitors from 97 national and international cultural institutions and we see a very wide age range among our guests. Im of course immensely proud and it is great to see, that we have succeeded in our ambition to be a meeting place for both the dedicated art professionals and a broader cultural audience." - Director, Nanna Hjortenberg
Christian Andersen (DK)
"This years Chart Art Fair was a successful fair for the gallery. We placed work with new collectors, as well as with a private institution. The feedback was great also on social media, where both collectors, curators and other peers showed great interest in the work of Astrid Svangren. - Christian Anderson Gallery
Galleria Heino (FI) (new exhibitor)
We are very satisfied with the fair...In many ways we have succeeded. We have made many important contacts and the coordination of the fair worked very well. - Gallery Director, Rauli Heino
Galerie Anhava (FI)
CHART went very well for Anhava, we entirely sold out. There have been many interesting people curious about the artist who is an emerging, exhibiting a large presentation internationally for the first time. We have had very good response, both of the works and also of the installation. People have commented on the fairs environment and mentioned how its particularly special and always great to come to Copenhagen. All of the arrangements both from the fair and the programing are very well organized. - Founder & Owner, Ilona Anhava
We have done very well. We have not sold to any danish collectors, only international which is important for our contact base. We have placed works in important Scandinavian collections. It seems to me there is a great amount of international collectors present this year
People enjoy coming to CHART. The VIP program is very high quality and the way the local museums have coordinated their exhibitions opening at the same time is very interesting. - Founder, Ciléne Andréhn
Art World Attendance:
Over 70 artists, designers, architects and musicians attended the event including Absalon Kirkeby, Alexander Tovborg, Ane Fabricius Christiansen, Anna Nordström, Ask Bjørlo, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, Astrid Tolnov, benandsebastian, Birke Gorm, Björn Roth, Blå Time, Carlos Amorales, Christian Falsnaes , Daisy Froud, Danh Vo, Danny Fox, Denzel Himself, Esben Weile Kjær, Eunju Kang, Evelina Kollberg, Farshad Farzankia, First Flush, Guillermo Santoma, Helena Lund Ek, Ida Ludén, Jin Mustafa, John Kørner, Jonas Edvard, Jonas Edvard Thomsen, Julie Lænkholm, Justin Strauss, Kasper Akhøj, Kasper Bjørke, KhalilH2OP, Larry B, Lotta Lampa, Lotta Mattila, M L Salling, Malin Bülow, Marie Lund, Masaru Iwai, Matias Liimatainen, Miikka Vaskola, Emma Rosenzweig, Morten Knudsen, Natalia Rebelo, Olafur Eliasson, Pearla Pigao, Perel, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen, Peter Funch, Peter Köhler, Ragna Bley, Rasmus Nossbring, Rimini Protokoll, Roland Persson, Rune Bering, Sebastian Matthias, Shiyuan Liu, Sigrid Espelien, Simon Frommenwiler, Siren Dversnes Dahle, Tableau, The Rodina, Thomas Lommée, Thomas Poulsen, Urd Pedersen, Varnrable x Yangze, Weiling He and Yola Maria Tsolis.
Over 97 representatives in attendance at the fair from Danish and international museums and institutions included: ADAM Brussels Design Museum, Arken, AROS, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Belgian Embassy, Bergen Kunsthall, Bikube Foundation, British Embassy, Centre Pompidou, Cisternerne, Copenhagen Contemporary, Danish Cultural Institute, Danish Fine Arts Academy, Danish National Parliament, David Roberts Art Foundation, Den Frie, Den Hirschsprungske Samling, Design Museum Finland, Designmuseum Denmark, Det Obelske Familie Fond, DOGA, Eskilstuna Konstmuseum, Fabrikken For Kunst og Design, Färgfabriken, Finnish Cultural Institute, FRAME Contemporary Art Finland, Frederiksberg Museums, French Embassy, Gl Holtegaard, GL STRAND, Glasgow International, The Glyptotek, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Iceland Design Centre, Italian Cultural Institute, KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Kristianstads Konsthall, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Kunsthal Aarhus, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kunsthal Nord, Kunsthal Trondheim, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Kunstmuseet Brundlund Slot, Louisiana, Malmö Konstmuseum, MHKA, Antwerpen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway, Municipality of Copenhagen, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Museum Sønderjylland, Museum Esbjerg, Museum Stavanger, Nikolaj Kunsthal , Nordic Art Institute, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Norwegian Arts Council, Norwegian Crafts, Norwegian Embassy, Nottingham Contemporary, Ny Carlsbergfondet, Ordupgaard, Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo Open, Performa, Pori Art Museum, Realdania, Region Skåne, Roskilde Festival, Saastamoinen Foundation, Serpentine Galleries, Sharjah Arts Foundation, SITE Santa Fe, SMK, Space 10, Danish Arts Council, Statens Kunstråd Sverige, Statens Værksteder for Kunst, Stockholm Academy of Fine Arts, Swiss Embassy, Swiss Institute New York, Taidehalli Kunsthalle Helsiniki, The Finnish Cultural Institute for Benelux, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, The Royal Danish Theatre, Thorvaldsens Museum, Tønder Kunstmuseum, Trapholt Museum, V&A, Växjö Konsthall, Vega and Wanås Konst.
The 2018 program included CHART Emerging, a group exhibition with the new generation of artists in the Nordic region curated by Helga Christoffersen, Associate Curator at the New Museum, New York; CHART Architecture promoting young, Nordic architects; CHART Curio, a thematic exhibition under the title Trans Act!, aiming to unravel complex structures in the field of design; Alice Anderson exhibited for the first time in the Nordic region; CHART x Designmuseum Denmark, exhibiting the work Sinus where textiles are turned into an interactive instrument by artist Pearla Pigao, CHART X KØS, an audio walk through various transitory sites in Copenhagen by Rimini Protokoll, performances, concerts and talks ; CHART X THE ROYAL DANISH THEATRE / CORPUS a performative dance piece exploring the crossfield between art and performance.
Focusing on the cross-section between art and design, the 2018 exhibitors at CHART DESIGN FAIR ranged from established, specialised galleries to experimental newcomers from the Nordic region - all working within high levels of modern and contemporary design, presenting collectible design objects.
In conjunction with the fairs, CHART presented CHART SOCIAL, an ambitious, non-profit program of curated exhibitions showcasing emerging artists, designers and architects, and performances, concerts and talks exploring creative alliances across disciplines and institutions.