Li Shurui
Culture / Society

Carl Kostyál: The visionary Swedish gallerist redefining contemporary art

By Flora Vesterberg

Li Shurui, ' Somewhere Between Abstract and Concrete’, Carl Kostyál, Milan, December 2020. Photo: Emiliano Scatarzi. Courtesy of Carl Kostyál, London | Stockholm. Photo: Carl Kostyál

From Art Deco cinemas to former asylums, Carl Kostyál is bringing inspiring exhibitions to unusual locations - and helping to shine a spotlight on Scandinavia’s emerging artists in the process

At the helm of the evolving contemporary art scene in Stockholm is the influential Swedish gallerist Carl Kostyál. Eloquent and exceptionally driven, he runs an eponymous gallery focused on emerging artists. In addition to his Stockholm and London programme, Kostyál commissions artist projects at his home in Milan. He runs the family business with his talented wife Katharine - “the secret to our success is that we are art dealers.” Both have spent decades working in contemporary art and are revered collectors themselves.