Kalmar konstmuseum is a regional museum for art, located in the city of Kalmar, Sweden. When the museum reopened in 2008, this was also the starting point for an ambition to become a nationally important museum of contemporary art, based in a region with an undisputed role in swedish and baltic history – in war as in peace.
This geographical role is now clearly visible in the exhibition profile, where regional and national artists often are juxtaposed with art from countries in the baltic area, as well as other countries with who Sweden has had a more or less peaceful exchange of culture throughout the centuries. The museum consistently exchanges exhibitions as well as curator and artist contacts between Sweden and countries like Poland, Germany and Russia. As of late, the museum has contributed actively in the formation of network platforms between artists in countries such as Belarus, Georgia and Moldavia.
The overall goal of the museum is to act as a meeting point for reflection, discussion and new insights, to act as a part in the public debate and remain a cultural power house in the south-east region of Sweden. For this, Kalmar konstmuseum has an extensive pedagogical undertaking, for both children and youth, and arranges lectures, artist talks and seminars in connection to the exhibitions.