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Sara Arrhenius

Sara Arrhenius is Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Institute of Art. Since taking office, she has implemented a research- and development initiative across the institution, around key concepts of risk-taking, experimentation, sustainability, collaboration and knowledge-exchange. She has initiated several new projects at the school, such as Rutiga golvet (‘the Checkered Floor’), Mindepartementet (‘the Ministry of Mines’) and the school’s new publication series. Sara Arrhenius has also started the development of the institution’s activities for lifelong learning in (among other things) public art and the institution’s international work, with international guest professors as well as participation in global art events such as the Venice Biennale. 

Sara Arrhenius is a curator, author and critic. She has been head of Bonniers Konsthall (2005-2017) and IASPIS (2000-2005) and chairperson of the Visual Arts Fund (Bildkonstnärsfonden), 2016-2017. Arrhenius was founder and editor-in-chief of Nordic Art Review NU, and editor-in-chief of Index Magazine, and regularly contributes to both Swedish and international publications. Sara Arrhenius is a member of the Swedish Council for Higher Education’s Vice-Chancellor’s Council, and is on the advisory board of the Stockholm School of Economics’ SSE Art Initiative. 

Selected Projects: 

Curatorial: Ylva Ogland’s Hon i fyra akter (‘She in four acts’), Bonniers Konsthall and Drottningholms Slottsteater; Laura Lima’s Den nakna magikern (‘The Naked Magician’), Migros Museum, Zurich, Bonniers Konsthall and National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; Insomnia, Bonniers Konsthall. 

Publications: Lost in Space (Art and Theory Publishing, 2017); Insomnia (Art and Theory Publishing, 2017); Minneskonst (‘Art of Memory’), Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2014.