CHART focuses on women artists in a new de-centred art fair format


28 May 2020


CHART 2020

CHART will show 100% women artists in a new de-centred art fair format taking place across the five Nordic capitals from 28 – 30 August 2020. The new format combines physical exhibitions and events with online activities. Our ambition is to re-start the Nordic art scene in a responsible and sustainable way while re-connecting our local and international communities.

For this year’s exceptional edition, CHART Copenhagen transforms into CHART Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm in a radical re-thinking of the art event.

Adapting to a new reality is not only necessary, it is the only responsible thing to do. Due to government restrictions we are unable to gather a vast audience at our usual fantastic venue Kunsthal Charlottenborg in central Copenhagen. Meanwhile we are painfully aware of the difficult situation the art scene finds itself in. That’s why we’ve developed a new way to build on our strong network of participating galleries, artists, loyal collectors, museums, and institutions.” – Nanna Hjortenberg, Director of CHART.

For their CHART presentations, the 28 participating Nordic galleries will show 100% women artists, a first for the international art fair community. With this strong collective statement, the ambition is to highlight one of the biggest structural barriers in the art scene and art market; gender imbalance.

The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2019 confirms that the representation of male and female artists at art fairs globally is approximately 76% men to 24% women (see the report here). With no significant change to this imbalance over the past five years, it seems evident that a more balanced art market will not develop on its own.

We understand that no one can solve this challenge alone, but through collaboration we can create awareness and drive a positive change towards a more balanced and diverse art scene. We think it’s worth pushing for,” says Nanna Hjortenberg.


During the CHART weekend the galleries will show the artists’ works in their own gallery spaces across the five Nordic capital cities. CHART will publish a book presenting the artists and reflecting on the future of the art scene with essays by leading voices in the international artistic community. Throughout the weekend a series of physical events will take place in the galleries encouraging their local art communities to participate and sustain the local art scenes, which now more than ever need support.

We are pleased to confirm the following galleries and artists that will participate in this special CHART 2020 edition.

Stay tuned for more details – sign up to our newsletter here.



Andersen’s (DK), Galleri Bo Bjerggaard (DK), BORCH Editions (DK), Croy Nielsen (DK/AT), Edition Copenhagen (DK), Gether Contemporary (DK), Martin Asbæk Gallery (DK), Galleri Nicolai Wallner (DK), Nils Stærk (DK), Persons Projects (DE), SPECTA (DK), Galleri Susanne Ottesen (DK), V1 Gallery (DK), Galerie Anhava (FI), Galerie Forsblom (FI), Galleria Heino (FI), Helsinki Contemporary (FI), Galleri Brandstrup (NO), Golsa (NO), OSL Contemporary (NO), BERG Contemporary (IS), Hverfisgallerí (IS), i8 (IS) Galleri Andersson/Sandström (SE), Cecilia Hillström Gallery (SE), Galleri Magnus Karlsson (SE), Galerie Nordenhake (SE), Gallery Steinsland Berliner (SE).


A K Dolven (NO), Anastasia Ax (SE), Andrea Büttner (DE), Ane Graff (NO), Anna Bjerger (SE), Anna Daniell (NO), Anna Fro Vodder (DK), Anne-Karin Furunes (NO), Anni Leppälä (FI), Apichaya Wanthiang (TH), Arna Óttarsdóttir (IS), B. Ingrid Olson (US), Birke Gorm (DE), Brigitte Waldach (DE), Camilla Vuorenmaa (FI), Candida Höfer (DE), Carmen Herrera (CU/US), Chantal Joffe (UK), Charlotte Brüel (DK), Chiharu Shiota (JP), Clare Woods (UK), Darja Bajagić (ME), Ditte Ejlerskov (DK) & EvaMarie Lindahl (SE), Dominique Gonzales-Foerster (FR), Eeva Karhu (FI), Elina Brotherus (FI), Elizabeth Peyton (US), Emma Helle (FI), Essi Kuokkanen (FI), Eva Schlegel (AT), Frances Goodman (ZA), Frida Orupabo (NO), Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir (IS), Hanna Hansdotter (SE), Hannah Toticki Anbert (DK), Harpa Árnadóttir (IS), Hildur Bjarnadóttir (IS), Hulda Stefándóttir (IS), Janaina Tschäpe (DE), Johanna Karlsson (SE), Katharina Grosse (DE), Katharina Sieverding (CZ/DE), Kristiina Uusitalo (FI), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK), Lisa Jonasson (SE), Maija Luutonen (FI), Mamma Andersson (SE), Mandy El-Sayegh (UK), Margét H. Blöndal (IS), Maria Rubinke (DK), Marie Lund (DK), Marie Søndergaard Lolk (DK), Mona Hatoum (PS), Nanna Abell (DK), Niina Vatanen (FI), Nina Beier (DK), Pernille With Madsen (DK), Rauha Mäkilä (FI), Rina Banerjee (IN), Roni Horn (US), Sandra Kantanen (FI), Sanna Kannisto (FI), Sara-Vide Ericson (SE), Sif Itona Westerberg (DK), Sigrid Sandström (SE), Siri Elfhag (SE), Steina (IS), Tacita Dean (UK), Teea Saanio (FI), Tiina Itkonen (FI), Trine Søndergaard (DK), Ulla Jokisalo (FI), Urara Tsuchiya (JP), Wangechi Mutu (KE), Ylva Carlgren (SE).


Global representation at art fairs in 2018: 76% men, 24% women (27,000 artists from 82 top global art fairs), The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2019 p. 250

Gender representation at Nordic art fairs in 2019: 70.5% men, 29.5% women, CHART’s own survey from CHART in Copenhagen, Enter in Copenhagen, Market in Stockholm

Auctions globally 2008-2018: of the total amount spent, artworks by men accounts for 98% of sales, work by women accounts for 2%, Artnet

Of the 2% spent on artworks by women at auctions globally: 40% is made by only 5 women artists, Artnet

Nina Beier, Empire, 2019, photo by, image courtesy Croy Nielsen, Vienna

B. Ingrid Olson, Swan Crash Foil, 2020, Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavík

© Edition Copenhagen / photo: Lars Gundersen