SUPERMARKET has been arranged since 2007 by a small group most of whom are artists themselves. Supermarket is a development of Minimarket, which was held at Konstnärshuset in February 2006 in reaction to the new commercial art fair Market. Initiated and organised by artists, this project has rapidly evolved from a modest group of local initiatives to a full-fledged international art exhibition that has made its mark and helped firmly establish Stockholm on the art world map.
SUPERMARKET started in small scale as MINIMARKET in 2006 in an art nouveau palace, the following year it became SUPERMARKET, with international presence on the same site, 2008 it moved to a run-down industrial space, then to a newly built first-class designer hotel (Clarion Hotel Stockholm) and in 2010 to the very heart of Stockholm – Kulturhuset (House of Culture) where it stayed until 2014. In 2015 it took place in Svarta huset at Telefonplan. International network SUPERMARKET has featured exhibitors from more than 50 countries, all part of a growing international trend of artist-run galleries, project spaces, artist collectives and other artists' initiatives.
With its side programme SUPERMARKET is not just a regular art fair. Besides the main exhibition we offer Supermarket TALKS, RED SPOT Performance Stage, Supermarket MEETINGS, Super-TV and our internationally distributed Supermarket Art Magazine. Why an art fair for artist-run galleries? It is becoming increasingly common for artists to take matters into their own hands and set up galleries and project spaces. SUPERMARKET is an arena for such artist-run initiatives. The aim is for SUPERMARKET to be a place where a wider public can become a part of what is happening on the artist-run scene. SUPERMARKET wants to offer the visitor an exhibition with unexpected meetings and experiences rather than focusing on sales.