Since 2010, Marabouparken art gallery is located in Arthur von Schmalensee’s former cocoa laboratory in Marabou Park. The park was developed in the 1940s and 1950s on the Bällsta River in Sundbyberg as a visionary landscaped recreational facility for the employees of the Marabou factory.
Marabouparken art gallery is run by a foundation with the aim of presenting a selection of the most interesting contemporary Swedish and international artists. We wish to provide our visitors with an opportunity to view exhibitions that explore and reflect society today and that introduce concepts and approaches in contemporary art.
Under the heading Marabouparken Lab., we initiate long-term local collaborative projects, which are allowed to develop through interaction between artists, commissioners and locals both in and outside the art gallery.
In order to encourage curiosity and engagement and provide openings to issues and ideas related to topical exhibitions and projects, we invite the audience to participate in discussions, workshops, concerts, guided tours, film programmes and much more.
With an activity that interlinks art, education and the city’s public spaces, we nourish creativity and experiences among different people and create an interesting dialogue about art and the society in which we live.
The site of Marabouparken combines two parallel worlds – that of the park and that of the art, providing visitors with a unique blend of contemporariness and history, communality and seclusion, escapism and social engagement.