Accelerator is an exhibition space where art, science and social issues meet. It is part of Stockholm University. The mission of Accelerator is to engage actively with society, producing exhibitions presenting international and Swedish contemporary art.
Accelerator organises a public program of presentations and talks with artists, researchers, students and the general public. Accelerator’s programme is driven by an ambition to contribute towards a transparent and empathetic society by opening up opportunities for art to spark discussions and interdisciplinary dialogue.
Staff and organisational structure
Artistic Director: Richard Julin
Director: Bengt Novén
Curator: Therese Kellner
Administrator: Catharina Jäderberg
Financial accountant: Rita Johnson
Exhibition technician: Erik Wijkström
Communications Manager: Tove Nilson
Senior Hosts: Karl-Oskar Gustafsson and Johanna Mork
Bengt Novén, Professor of French
Hans Hayden, Professor of Art History
Jonas Ebbesson, Professor of Environmental Law
Annika Ullman, Professor of Education
Ylva Engström, Professor of Molecular Biology
David Neuman, Museum director emeritus, PhD h.c.
Robert Weil, Chairman and Founder, Proventus AB
Accelerator is a separate establishment at Stockholm University within the Faculty of Humanities. Accelerator is ultimately under the supervision of the President of Stockholm University.
Accelerator builds on a longstanding and successful collaboration with Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art within Stockholm University’s Curating Art Master’s program. Accelerator was initiated by Professor of Art History Margaretha Rossholm Lagerlöf and Magasin III’s former Museum Director and current Chairman, David Neuman. President Astrid Söderbergh Widding established Accelerator in 2015. Magasin III, along with the Robert Weil Family Foundation, constitute external partners.
Working closely with external partners provides an important influx of ideas for both exhibition projects and potential research questions. Accelerator works in collaboration with a smaller group of external partners. Today there are agreements with the art museum Magasin III – Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Robert Weil Family Foundation.
More about Accelerator
Watch the documentary about Accelerator – a film about the birth of the project, the ideas and the people behind it.
Recorded during 2016-2019. Produced by Lisa Munthe & Caroline Falkman at Stockholm University.
About the building
Accelerator’s premises were formerly an underground laboratory for research in accelerator physics. Built in 1936, the laboratory was designed by the architect Gustaf Holmdahl (1879-1958). The laboratory housed a cyclotron and was named after the Nobel laureate Manne Siegbahn, professor of experimental physics at Stockholm University. The interior was refurbished in 2019 and a new entrance and restaurant were added. The rebuild in 2019 was designed by 2BK Architects.