Färgfabriken's exhibitions frequently garner international attention and praise. It is some measure of this that Art Forum, the respected New York art journal, has named exhibitions at Färgfabriken as one of the year's ten best in 2003 and 2004.
But Färgfabriken is something more: a vigorous contemporary voice.
Färgfabriken asks the questions and launches the studies that neither politicians, businesses nor media are able to, because that's the way things have become.
Färgfabriken creates encounters, contacts and dialogue between those who would not otherwise speak to each other, except from opposite sides of a negotiation.
Färgfabriken is a builder of knowledge, running courses together with such partners as Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology. But we are not satisfied to let knowledge remain behind the high walls ofacademia – instead we try to apply it and to bring it into dialogue with other parts ofsociety.
That is why Färgfabriken is a laboratory of contemporary.
The Färgfabriken Foundation was formed in March 1995. Its founders were the Swedish Association of Architects (SAR), Alcro-Beckers AB (one of the biggest paint producers in northern Europe) and Colart Sweden AB (manufacturers of artists' materials). Färgfabriken's offices and the exhibition space are housed in the Palmcrantz factory, a building from 1889 in Liljeholmen, just south of central Stockholm. When restoration work on the factory was to begin in the early 1990s, Alcro-Beckers, the owners, contacted SAR for a proposal as to its future use. The director-to-be, Jan Åman, suggested the creation a new form of centre for contemporary culture. The foundation was then formed and Jan Åman was appointed to assemble a team to run the activities. Since 2001 the former owners of Alcro-Beckers, Lindén-gruppen, has taken the role as main sponsor of Färgfabriken.