Artipelag again host

By on April 6, 2019
Lisbeth Westerlund, HD Sydsvenskan

March 28 this year the art collector and entrepreneur Fredrik Roos should become 68 years old. In honor of his memory, the foundation, which bears his name since 2011, has awarded scholarships to young and promising artists. This year’s scholar is now appointed and on April 25 it is again Artipelag that hosts the exhibition and ceremony.

Fredrik Roos Foundation has since its inception worked closely with four of the country’s art colleges (the Royal College of Fine Arts, Valand, Konstfack, Umeå Art Academy). But this year, the foundation has also opened up for nominations by artists operating in Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Something that gives the scholarship a catchment area that spans the whole Nordic region.

Recipients of the Fredrik Roos scholarship should be “An artist who – in the spirit of Fredrik Roos – is prepared to take risks in its artistry. One who believes in themself and who has its own expression. The artist must be no more than 35 years, come from the Nordic countries and preferably work with painting and sculpture.”

Over the years, the scholarship has received a high prestige factor. Much thanks to the interest that has existed for the artists’ further development and not least because the works are exhibited at an established art institution.

Last year’s recipient became Malmö-based Jonas Malmberg and among the former fellows are Paul Fägerskiöld (2013) and Idun Baltzersen (2015) among others.

– That we one more year get to welcome Fredrik Roos Foundation to Artipelag is gratifying. They give us a good width and we are given the opportunity to present a younger generation of artists, says art museum director Bo Nilsson.

Fredrik Roos (b. 1951, d. 1991) was a Skåne financier and art collector. In 1988, he founded the art museum Rooseum – Center for Centennial Art in Malmö, where international exhibitions were interwoven with Fredrik Roos collection of Nordic contemporary art. The museum was dissolved in 2006 and 60 works from the collection were sold. The proceeds from the sale became the basis of the current foundation.

– Last year’s premiere at Artipelag we see as very successful and it will be exciting to show another young artist’s work out on Värmdö for another year, says Axel Roos, chairman of the board of the foundation and nephew of Fredrik Roos.

This year’s scholar and exhibition will be presented at an event at Artipelag evening on Thursday 25 April. In connection with the ceremony, a catalog with the exhibitioner will be published.

The scholarship exhibition takes place between April 26 and June 2, 2019. The exhibition has free entrance.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Värmdö