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Scandinavia's New Wave

While contemporary crafts and design still play a leading role in the art scene in Scandinavia, emerging artists are beginning to take center stage. Next spring, when Stockholm becomes Europe's Cultural Capital, the Moderna Museet will reopen in a spectacular new building, designed by Spanish architect Rafel Moneo. David Elliott, who came from the Museum of Modern Art at Oxford to direct the new Moderna, is a man to watch. He has the guts to animate the Nordic art scene, make it alive and energetic with temporary exhibitions of young artists. As part of the Cultural Capital program, Archipelagoes: New Spaces will be a collection of site-specific work installed in unexpected places around Stockholm.

Helsinki also takes its contemporary art seriously. It is hosting its first MAP--Media Art Project 1997--through Nov. 11, featuring artists who realize their works through technology.

New galleries are opening up in Berlin like mushrooms after a rain. The more conservative are clustered mainly near Charlottenburg on the western side of the city, while the younger dealers are in Berlin Mitte, in what used to be East Berlin. Be sure to check out Eigen + Art and other galleries around Auguststrasse, the center of Jewish life before World War II. The Hamburger Bahnhof, a restored 19th-century railway terminal will be the site of an international art fair beginning this month. But the highlight of the fall season will surely be Art Cologne, International Fair for 20th Century Art, Nov. 9-16.