Galleri Duerr, founded in 2008 by designer Deborah Duerr, specializes in Swedish and international artists who, among other things, shed light on issues of human rights, the environment and gender, and work in a wide range of media — painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, design, and performance arts.
The gallery’s newest location in the Stockholm Gallery District is especially inviting, featuring a wall of windows, high ceilings and contemporary industrial design that celebrate the iconic building’s history and architecture. Visitors can see the ventilation and electrical systems, and moveable walls create a flexible space for audiences to view, discuss and better understand artists’ work.
Galleri Duerr presents numerous exhibitions throughout the year and in the months ahead plans to host workshops, concerts, and talks. “Art exhibitions tell important stories of our time, empowering artists to develop their own narratives while encouraging conversations among visitors,” Deborah believes. “They remind us of the critical role that art plays in our society, connecting generations, cultures, and beliefs.”
“I’m thrilled to be in a location where visitors can easily walk from one gallery to another, encountering new, artistic expressions,” Deborah says. “It leads to enriching conversations.”
Founder and owner biography
Deborah Duerr, who has a graphic design degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, worked with design studios in San Francisco and New York before moving to Stockholm in 1984. In the mid-1990s, she started her own art school to teach art and design classes to youth because art had taken a back seat in schools to other subjects even though it’s critical for their educational and emotional development. Deborah also developed the art program at the newly started Lilla Akademien and held design classes at Forsbergs Skola, Berghs School of Communication and Linnéuniversitet.
She began featuring the work of artists, as well as students, at her art school. In 2018 she moved to a 400-square-meter underground bunker in the Garnisonen complex. Because it was a large space that wasn’t near other galleries, Deborah and her team worked creatively to design thought-provoking exhibitions that would attract visitors. As they gained recognition, Deborah was asked to join the Board of Directors of Design Sweden; more recently she joined the Board of Svenska Galleriförbundet (the Swedish Gallery Association).
In March 2022, the gallery moved to the Stockholm Gallery District in Vasastan. The new space is a welcome challenge for Deborah — and a fitting location. Just outside the windows, in the courtyard below, is a statue by French artist Xavier Veilhan. Its name? “Debora.”