Artoteket was initiated in 2014 together with Konstfrämjandet and Tensta konsthall in Stockholm. It was a wandering art library with lendable contemporary art works. The project related back to Konstfrämjandet’s Artotek 73 from 1973.
In the first version of Artoteket a selection of lendable art works that reconceptualized the library as public space was part of the collection, and in the latest version of the project, Artoteket RUT, the selection of art works revolved around questions about institutionalized society (the public sphere, politics, the economy, ideas about man) and its interaction with the domestic sphere. The name RUT came from a Swedish law passed in 2011 that made it possible for individuals to obtain tax deductions for household services.
For more info (in Swedish) on Artoteket and Artoteket RUT see the essays Konstutlåningens historia och möjliga framtid och Från skurhink till RUT written for Konstfrämjandet. Or download the artoteket-rut-folder.
Artoteket included art works by: Sarah Degerhammar, Ingrid Furre, Ulrika Gomm, Lise Haurum, Malin Holmberg, Anna-Lena Jaktlund, Torsten Jurell, Sofia Kråka, Sanna Marander, Carl-Johan Rosén and Claes Tellvid.
Artoteket RUT included art works by: Lily Benson, Johan Ekenberg, Ingrid Furre, Ulrika Gomm, Mazja Hillestrøm, Santiago Mostyn, Åsa Norberg & Jenny Sundén and John Willgren.
The project has been shown at: Tensta konsthall, Varbergs kulturhus, Karlstad Public Library, Mölnlycke Public Library and at Skånes konstförening in Malmö.