Prince Daniel made a surprise visit yesterday to the Market Art Fair at Färgfabriken in Stockholm, a day ahead of the event’s official opening. This is the second year in a row that Prince Daniel has visited but this year’s engagement was not announced in the court circular and has not been recorded on Daniel’s calendar of events on the Swedish royal family’s website.
Both Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria have scaled back their commitments in the early months of 2017 to spend time with their children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, and to take an extended family holiday in February. Daniel had just three official engagements in January, none in February and seven in the calendar for March.
During the visit Prince Daniel had the opportunity to view the exclusive selection of works presented, including some of the most interesting Nordic art currently being produced by individuals and duos. Photos shared on the Swedish Royal Family Instagram page make it clear the royal thoroughly enjoyed seeing the displays and learning more about the artists and their inspiration.
Founded by a group of gallerists in 2006, Market Art Fair has become the leading Nordic fair for contemporary art and an important forum for discussion and meetings for professionals and collectors in the art world. The leading contemporary galleries from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland are all represented at the event and an ambitious programme of talks and projects is in place.
The 2017 Market will see the launch of a new section dedicated to Nordic artists, curated by Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation. The Market Art Fair opens officially today and runs until 26 March. More information can be found here.
Following his visit to the Market Art Fair, Prince Daniel joined Crown Princess Victoria at an official dinner with the King and Queen at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.