Chart Art Fair 2019

Since its foundation in 2013 by the Danish galleries Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Andersen’s, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, David Risley Gallery and V1 Gallery, CHART has strived to challenge the boundaries and experience of a traditional art event. By bringing together the entire ecosystem of the art world, from young talents, professionals and institutions, to established galleries and artists, CHART encourages collaborations and fosters new relationships. Building on Copenhagen’s stronghold of art, design and architecture, CHART explores the cross-fields between contemporary artistic practices. Presenting an art and a design fair, a number of curated exhibitions and a vast public program of talks, film screenings, concerts and performances CHART offers a single entry point to the Nordic art and design scene.

Recycled Ikea Sultan mattresses, a huggable facade, bricks of recycled paper, latex cells and a tribute to salt – the finalists for CHART’s architectural competition for young architects have been selected. Based on this year’s theme materiality, each of the five finalists presents an innovative and artistic approach to how architecture, through rethinking materials and craft, can pave the way for a more sustainable future.

The architect duo Mathias Bank Stigsen and Andreas Körner’s pavilion rethinks the relationship between building and viewer. Where conventional building materials rarely ask you to touch them, SNUG IN A BUG AS A RUG, made from a latex-coated polymer fabric is an experiential and sensorial design, which invites visitors to hug its façade and nestle into the pavilion’s enclosures – providing a much-needed break from the festivities at CHART.
At a distance, the construction looks like a stone construction, but the black building blocks, which comprise ROCK PAPER CNC are in fact made from recycled paper produced by hand, in CNC cut moulds. This pavilion by visual artist Oskar Koliander, and architects Diana Smiljkovic and Gustav Kjær Vad Nielsen, utilise waste as raw material and rethinks how it can be revitalised through traditional craftsmanship and new digital methods.
The architects Cristina Román Díaz and Frederik Bo Bojesen’s pavilion is an ode to a mineral of enormous biological and cultural importance: salt. Taking inspiration from both salt’s taste and cultural significance, the duo considers the transitory and fragile qualities of this mineral’s structural makeup. The result, a sculptural construction made of wood, fishnets, salt crystals and clear polycarbonate which frames salt in a new context.
Based on an ordinary everyday object, IKEA’s Sultan mattress, the architects Anne Bea Høgh Mikkelsen, Katrine Kretzschmar Nielsen, Klara Lyshøj and Josefine Østergaard Kallehave have designed a pavilion that addresses mindless consumerism. By reusing each part of several Sultan mattresses (wood, springs, foam and fabric), the quartet transforms a flat disregarded object into a living space.
A cell is both a biological building block and a minute space in itself. This dual consideration is the point of departure for architects Josefine Rita Vain Hansen and Marie Louise Thorning’s pavilion, where a number of air-filled latex cells form the building blocks in a light, spacious structure that imitates a living organism.

The finalists have been selected by jury from 54 proposals submitted by creatives, makers and architects from across the Nordic region, and have been chosen to realize their temporary pavilions in Charlottenborg’s courtyards at the end of August 2019. The five pavilions will each house CHART’s bars and restaurant partners, which this year consist of an organic burger bar Gasoline Grill, the Japanese gastropub Jah Izakaya & Sake Bar and Copenhagen’s first oyster bar, Rouge Oysters.