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Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg

Sweden

Tucked beneath the giant Älvsborg bridge sits an old industrial boiler house which powered Gothenburg’s factories for decades. When industry dried-up the station was abandoned, and taken over by the city’s graffiti artists and party-goers, who held all-night raves in its enormous halls.

Today, Röda Sten (Red Rock) is one of Sweden’s most extraordinary spaces for contemporary art, run on a not-for-profit basis since the mid-90’s. The buildings high ceilings and exposed brick walls present edgy, often groundbreaking, installations, such as explorations into “Alternative Relationships” and cross-dressing rap videos challenging sexuality stereotypes in Afghanistan.

When you’re done exploring, stop for lunch at the gallery’s ground-floor café which serves traditional Swedish cuisine, and hosts weekly live music. Or simply enjoy a beer on the riverside terrace, watching in awe as the huge Stena Line ferries roll in from Germany and Denmark.

Röda Sten Konsthall Röda Sten 1, 414 51 Gothenburg, Sweden
Tel: 46 3112 0816
Tuesday-Sunday: 12noon-5pm; Wednesday: 12noon-7pm

 

Written by Andrew Day, follow him on Twitter and Instagram

Photos: Hendrik Zeitler, Janet Cardiff, Lars Dyrendom, Attila Urban

Published 30 October 2015

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