Presented by Art and Theory Publishing and Beckmans College of Design at Brahegatan 10, 12 April–14 April, Friday 11:00–19:00, Saturday 11:00–18:00, Sunday 11:00–18:00.

Stockholm Art Book Fair, after two years
of absence, brings anew together Scandinavian and international publishers focusing on art, theory, and aesthetics to present their latest publications and to exchange ideas and insights. Moreover, the Fair aims to create a meeting place
for art book enthusiasts to encounter exceptional publications and get first-hand exposure to some of the most interesting contemporary publishing houses.

The fourth edition of the Fair is a unique collaboration between Art and Theory Publishing and Beckmans College of Design, emphasizing the interrelation between the two fields. This cooperation plays a central role in the current edition of the Fair reflected in the three elements of the international event: the fair itself, the programming, and the student exhibition.


Friday, 12 April

12:00–12:30, Book launch and signing

Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing. Ulrik Samuelson and Dan Karlholm, Ulrik Samuelson, Sättarens anmärkning, texter om konsten och konstlivet 1962-2016. (The book launch will be held in Swedish).

13:00–13:30, Book launch and signing

Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing. Linda Rampell presents her new book Vera von Toth – En skönhetskirurgs monolog, about the aesthetic plastic surgeon Vera von Toth, who runs a clinic at S:t Jacob’s Cemetery in Stockholm. Rampell is a design theoretician and author of several books on design theory. She debuted in 2000 with the design novel ZOO. (The book launch will be held in Swedish).

16:00–17:00, Book launches

Rojal Förlag. Geraldine Juárez, Flux until Sunrise. Jeff Olsson, Winds. Simon Berg, Soil. Jonas Ingvarsson, Bomber, virus, kuriosakabinett. Texter om digital epistemologi. (The book launches will be held in Swedish).

17:30–18:00, Talk

“There are always two sides to a story.” Graphic design and exhibition graphics.
A discussion between Susanne Eriksson (Curator and Project Manager, Nationalmuseum) and Ida Wessel (Creative Director at Banker Wessel) about the Design Stories Tabloid and Design Stories exhibition. (The talk will be held in Swedish).

Saturday, 13 April

During the day, Workshop

“80 years in 80 minutes: Beckmans Through the Lens of Xerox”. The students at the Visual Communications Department at Beckmans College of Design dig deep into the school’s past, producing a publication from research to published object.

13:00–14:00, Presentations

August Eriksson, Circling the Mountain (Skreid Publishing). Leif Sandberg, Beyond the Mirror (Skreid Publishing). Kalle Sanner, Lukas / Markus (Blackbook Publications). Lotta Törnroth, Imaginary Islands (Blackbook Publications). (The presentations will be held in Swedish).

15:00–16:00, Talk

The work of Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, design, and installations, and is united conceptually by interests in poetry, storytelling, digital superstructures, and propaganda. Films by Metahaven include The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda) (2015), Information Skies (2016), Hometown (2018) and Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) (2018). Recent solo exhibitions include Version History at the ICA London (2018), and Earth at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2018). Recent group exhibitions include Ghost:2651 in Bangkok (2018), the Sharjah Biennial (2017), and the Gwangju Biennale (2016). Publications by Metahaven include PSYOP (2018), Digital Tarkovsky (2018), and Uncorporate Identity (2010). (The talk will be held in English).

Sunday, 14 April

13:00–13:30, Talk

Artist Martina Hoogland Ivanow and graphic designer Maja Kölqvist discussion about the publication Early Reading (Art and Theory Publishing), which is based on a nonlinear documentation of social structures and their different approaches to trust and fear.
The book has a fragmentary nature based
on shifts in perception through abstract elements in relation to parts of her film Interbeing. (The talk will be held in Swedish).

14:00–14:30, Lecture

Future of Work by Noviki – in addition to the everyday project practice and alongside commissioned work, Noviki aims to reach beyond defined areas of design and explore alternative frameworks understood as a research, curatorial, and publishing practice. In this edition of the Future of Work lecture series, they focus on the impact that automation technology, sharing economy, and artificial intelligence have on their job, skills, wages, and design process. (The talk will be held in English).

15:00–15:30, Talk

Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin discuss the intercalations: paginated exhibition publication series (K. Verlag). This exhibition series in paperback format was developed in collaboration with Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin for the SYNAPSE curators' network. The series provokes questions about the validity of seeming categorical binaries such as culture and nature, human and non-human, subject and object, book and exhibition. (The talk will be held in English).

16:00–16:30, Book launch

Replika Publishing photobook Kalt. It is a conversation between the photographic artists Freya Copeland and Youvalle Levy, exploring the existential dread, boredom and isolation experienced in many northern European cities, in particular Berlin. (The talk will be held in English).


Project leaders SABF 2019

Adam Eriksson (Financial/Communications), Edit Fándly (Creative Director),
Hugo Uppling (Financial/Logistics)

Collaborating partners

Annika Berner (Director of External Relations/Senior Lecturer Beckmans College of Design) Peter Ström (Senior Lecturer at Visual Communication, Beckmans College of Design)


Homework (Greta Colloca, Adam Nyström, Tor Westerlund)

Website development

Lars Måns Peterson


TMG Sthlm

Special thanks

The exhibitors, program participants and contributors. Karina Ericsson Wärn (Principal, Beckmans College of Design) Anna Eriksson (CEO, Art and Theory Publishing), Bettina Schultz (Art and Theory Publishing), Ivan Taborsak, Samira Bouabana (Program Director Visual Communication, Beckmans College of Design), João Doria, Stefania Malmsten, Jonas Johansson, Sandra Aurgrunn, Per Ekström, Lars Måns Peterson, Isabella Tjäder (Art and Theory Publishing), Eliška Kováciková, Isak Gudnason, also to all the assistants and volunteers.