SASKIA NEUMAN ON ART

Editorial: 10.02.18
Words: Jonna Hunt Photography: Christopher Hunt

Saskia Neuman is the Global Art Manager at The Absolut Company in Stockholm. She shares her best art buys and early memories including hanging out with Gilbert & George.

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YOU’RE A GLOBAL ART MANAGER AT THE ABSOLUT COMPANY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

I am responsible for overseeing the Absolut Art Award, strategy, execution and working together with the winning artists and writers, producing/co-producing and co-publishing the winning projects. In addition to the award I act as an internal consultant at Absolut, working on other strategic projects with arts/culture and music elements and work streams, and project manage artistic collaborations on a global scale, for advertising campaigns, partnerships and more philanthropic endeavors.

WHAT’S YOUR STRANGEST ART BUY AND WHY?

Nothing is too strange! Latest purchase is a sculpture by Swedish artist Per B. Sundberg.

YOU’VE GROWN UP SURROUNDED BY ARTISTS AND ART. WHAT IS YOUR FIRST MEMORY FROM THIS?

I have quite a few, but one of my favorite memories is hanging out with Gilbert & George when I’m 11 years old at a dinner party – George proposed, I thought it was hilarious.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ART GALLERY IN THE WORLD AND WHY?

There are so many great commercial spaces – one of my favourite is Klosterfelde Edition in Berlin, another is the Hauser & Wirth LA space – it is incredible.

CAN YOU RECOMMEND AN UP-AND-COMING ARTIST RIGHT NOW?

Lap-See Lam and Olle Norås – I was introduced to their work via the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Stiftelse prize and am really excited to see more from both artists.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU EMOTIONALLY WHEN ART TOUCHES YOU? DESCRIBE A MOMENT LIKE THAT.

One performance that I am very grateful I got to see and experience several times is Anne Imhof’s Faust at the 2017 Venice Biennale.