Axel Knipschild and Monica Urwitz at Kunstmesse Düsseldorf, 1982
Monica Urwitz leaning against a sculpture by Lars Erik Falk outside the gallery, 1991. Photograph by Lars Pehrson
Konstruktiv Tendens is a gallery specialized in non-figurative art. The gallery has since the beginning consistently represented emerging and established Swedish and international artists working within abstract, concrete and constructive art.
Konstruktiv Tendens was founded in 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden, by the artist Axel Knipschild and Monica Urwitz. Following Axel Knipschild's unexpected death in 1983, Monica Urwitz continued to operate the gallery in the same premises on Nybrogatan 69 in Stockholm.
Since the beginning, the gallery has represented Swedish artists such as Olle Baertling, Lars Erik Falk and Gert Marcus. Through a wide network of contacts with international artists and collaboration with international galleries, Konstruktiv Tendens has been able to present artists such as Alan Green, Bridget Riley, Antonio Calderara, Klaus Staudt and Richard Paul Lohse.
Over the years, the gallery has participated in international art fairs in Basel, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Paris. The gallery's annual group exhibitions, entitled Geometrisk Abstraktion (Geometric Abstraction), have presented a wide range of non-figurative artists, as well as avant-gardists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Georges Vantongerloo and Auguste Herbin.
Konstruktiv Tendens has been a gathering place for many artists, collectors and art enthusiasts. For many years the gallery organized debates, discussion evenings and lectures about non-figurative art.
As of November 2009, the gallery has ended its exhibition program and closed its space on Nybrogatan 69 after 28 fabulous years.