During the Stockholm Art Week we hosted the Absolut Art Bar with the artist Arvida Byström in Underground at GT30, and here you can see a selection of all the pictures from the evening. The theme of the bar was on our relationship with Internet and Smartphones, all encased in pink latex and flowers á la Arvida.
Arvida Byström is the artist and Creator who’s dominated Instagram during the last year with her selfie stick as a tool. Arvida’s art speaks to our online identities and abrasion between the desire and anxiety that occurs in a digital culture. Her creative expression comes to life with a unique Web language built on pastel, flowers, selfies and pink USB cables.
In addition to tailor-made cocktails on the Absolut Art Bar-theme, the latest latest addition to the Absolute Mixt-family was also served; Guarana & Pineapple that was launched in April and complements the previous flavors Cloudberry & Apple and Blueberry & Lime.
More about our event space Underground can be found here.
About Absolut Art Bar
With the Art Bar installations, site-specific creations can be created together in conjunction with selected artists all over the world. Previous collaborations include Jeremy Shaw on Kirlian (2012), Mickalene Thomas on Better Days (2013), on Art Basel; Los Carpinteros at the Güiro (2012), Ry Rocklen (2013) on Night Court at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Adrian Wong on Wun Dun (2013), Nadim Abas Apocalypse Postponed (2014) at Art Basel in Hong Kong, Olafur Eliasson at Little Sun (2014) at Coachella, as well as the artist collective Caravan on A Grain of Sand (2014) during Art Dubai.
In recent years, Stockholm was a host for several high-profile Absolut Art Bars – including the collaborations with the artist Ilya Karelampi (2015), magazine Contributor Magazine (2016), designer Ann-Sofie Back (2017) the electronic collective Studio Barnhus ( 2017) and the booking agency Luger (2017).
As the first liquor brand to forge genuine close ties to art and artists, Absolut has been active in the art world since 1985, when Absolut invited Andy Warhol to create the first of a series of iconic advertisements inspired by the iconic Absolut bottle. Since then, Absolut has worked with more than 550 artists on over 850 projects. Today Absolut promotes artists, painters, writers and institutions in the hope of presenting new works, stimulate ideas, bring people together and widen access to creativity.
Absolut has since 2012 continued to promote contemporary art through multiple collaborations with large institutions. Including: dOCUMENTA (13), a multi-year partnership with Art Basel and the support of its Conversations series, as well as a year-round cooperation with Palais de Tokyo. Absolut have also instituted Absolut Art Award which is awarded every two years. Absolut continues to offer artists and writers a global platform and the opportunity to realize their dream projects through artistic collaborations.