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Linda Bäckström

Linda Bäckström, The World's End , 2018
Photo Jean-Baptiste Béranger 

The term Contemprory Art is commonly used in the art world today. There is still, however, no unanimous understanding of its definition. By some it is simply described as the art of today, while others argue it should be considered an art historic period.  

There is no precise date in history when the contemporary era begins. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is one possible starting point, as this event is commonly seen as the start of the world we live in today. When the British museum Tate Modern decided what they should regard as contemporary art they defined it as art of the past ten years on a rolling basis. One might argue that once it is possible to clearly define a beginning and an end to the contemporary era is, it will no longer be contemporary. 

What can be said about contemporary art is that it breaks whit the grand art historical narrative of the modernism. This is one of the reasons why it is so hard to define. Because it is not really a movement, but rather a collection of artists toiling away motto-less, in an eternal, ahistorical now. To be contemporary is to be savvy, reactive, dynamic, aware, timely, in constant motion, aware of fashion. 

Wetterling Gallery is therefore a gallery of contemporary art as it exhibits and represent innovatory art of today from both highly internationally acclaimed artists, and young upcoming artists from Sweden.