CHART 2019 wraps up – reflections on a weekend of art, design, and architecture in abundance


2 September 2019


CHART 2019

The seventh edition of CHART has drawn to a close. During the weekend, CHART gathered some of the leading international profiles within the art, design and architecture scene in Copenhagen. Visitors from around the globe visited the art fair, the design fair, and experienced exhibitions, concerts, talks, and performances. New collaborations have come fruition, inspiration has been exchanged and pieces have been sold.

Thanks all the participants and visitors who took part in this great weekend, from 30 August to 1 September 2019, where approximately 24,500 visitors came to experience and discover 46 exhibitors and 195 artists and designers across the full programme.

CHART is proud to unite the cultural ecosystem in the Nordic region and beyond as artists and designers, galleries and collectors, curators, writers, institutional actors and art lovers, all gathered together during CHART to celebrate artistic practices.

Friday Night Opening Concert at CHART 2019, Charlottenborg. Photo: Niklas Vindelev


“We were delighted to come to Copenhagen for CHART and impressed by the rigor of the programming and the galleries all gathered here. The scale of CHART is excellent—really manageable and offers the chance to foster good new relationships with some outstanding galleries and designers.”
Janelle and Alden Pinell, collectors and main sponsors for the Nasher Prize Dialogues, USA.

This year, CHART has partnered with the Nasher Sculpture Center (USA) to present a talk focusing on sculpture in the intersection between design, art and architecture. Nina Beier (DK), Martin Boyce (UK) and Elmgreen & Dragset (DK/NO) participated in the panel, which was moderated by art historian Briony Fer. In line with the overall talks programme, the conversations presented various entry points into artistic practices. Other talks at CHART gave insight into the artistic practice of Jockum Nordström (SE), Callum Innes (UK), Arvida Byström (SE), and Emma Kohlmann (US).

“I think it’s fantastic that CHART is so open and generous because it is an art fair, but it’s also, in a very good way, a bit of a people’s party. There are also a lot of people who are just hanging out, having a look around out of curiosity, and who make use of all the other offers that are around the fair.”
Michael Elmgreen, artist, Elmgreen & Dragset

From left: Briony Fer, Michael Elmgreen, Nina Beier and Martin Boyce in Nasher Prize Dialogue at CHART 2019. Photo: Joakim Züger. Image courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center


Both the art fair at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and design fair at Den Frie presented a broad spectrum of the Nordic art and design scene. At the art fair 29 contemporary Nordic art galleries created a comprehensive insight into the trends in the Nordic gallery scene occurring today.

“The good thing is that CHART is a fair for art galleries in Nordic region, and I think that is a very interesting take, which produces a fair of high quality. I like that the galleries are mixed together and not separated in traditional stands. That is the positive force of being at Charlottenborg.”
Nils Stærk, gallerist, Nils Stærk

Galleries exhibited both established artists such as Erwin Wurm (AT), Joachim Koester (DK) and Frances Goodman (ZA), as well as younger artists including Nanna Abell (DK), Tuukka Tammisaari (FI), Loji Höskuldsson (IS) and Morten Knudsen (DK).

“The fair has been good for us, and I think particularly I take pleasure in exhibiting at CHART because it’s a good fair to introduce new artists, which I’ve done this year and quite successfully”
Marina Schiptjenko, gallerist, Andréhn-Schiptjenko.

At Den Frie, for the first time, CHART Design showed exclusively contemporary design from both Nordic galleries and younger design studios. Among other things, the audience could see works by FOS (DK), Sabine Marcelis (NL), Jenny Nordström (SE) and Sigve Knutson (NO).

CHART Design at Den Frie. Photo: Niklas Vindelev


Talent development is a key to CHART’s philosophy. In an annual architecture competition named CHART Architecture, which was exhibited in the courtyards of Charlottenborg, CHART encouraged young architectural talents to offer their bid on a sustainable future by developing pavilion projects using materials in an innovative way. An international jury led by David Zahle, founding partner of BIG, selected the project Sultan as the recipient of the first prize among five finalists. Sultan used discarded IKEA mattresses to construct a pavilion that sheds light on how the residues of mass consumption can be reused in new and surprising ways.

“I’ve always been very impressed at what CHART does as an organisation, the kind of people that gather around it, the events, the conversation around art and design and architecture, and the way it makes it very current and regional yet international as well. So I keep coming back!”
Rosa Bertoli, Design Editor at Wallpaper* Magazine and jury member

During CHART, emerging photographer Ville Kumpulainen was named winner of the Artproof Award 2019. A jury consisting of Rachael Chambers, Assistant Curator of photography at V&A in London as well as photographers Asger Carlsen and Peter Funch selected the Finnish photographer from among the exhibiting photographers. As recipient of the award, Kumpulainen receives a residency and a production grant of 5,000 euros.

CHART’s director Nanna Hjortenberg, the jury comprised of Pippo Ciorra, David Zahle, Lea Porsager, Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen and Rosa Bertoli, and the team behind Sultan Anne Bea Høgh Mikkelsen, Katrine Kretzschmar Nielsen, Klara Lyshøj and Josefine Østergaard Kallehave.


“The most important platform for the current Scandinavian art scene” – Eva Karcher, Der Tagesspiegel

In total, 24,500 guests made their way to this year’s edition of CHART. Of all our visitors, approximately one third were international guests, whilst the the rest were comprised of an impressive local audience, making CHART a local and international meeting point for art, design, and architecture.

24,500 guests attended, nearly 40% of whom were international visitors travelling from 35 different countries to experience and discover 46 exhibitors and 195 artists and designers who participated in the entire programme. Over 3 days artists, designers, creatives, arts professionals, emerging talents, established institutions and art lovers from near and far gathered together to celebrate artistic practice.

Read more about the 2019 edition – the fairs, exhibitions and live programme – here.