It is a site for art production and distribution, a place where artistic and audience related experiments are carried out.”In addition to its place as Scandinavia’s foremost institution promoting Swedish contemporary art in Scandinavia and internationally, the Foundation also plays an important role in introducing an older important generation of artists to current artistic mainstreams.
During the 1990s, under the guidance of Karina Ericsson, the Index Foundation organised major exhibitions showing the work of artists, such as as Wolfgang Tillmans, Jonathan Monk, Eija-Liisa Athila, Kara Walker, Stan Douglas, Pierre Huyghe, Elmgreen & Dragset, Rodney Graham, but also for the Swedish artists like Annika von Hausswolf, Fia Backström and Maria Lindberg. Now recognised as international artists, for many this was the first time they were able to show their work at major exhibitions.
In 2001, when Mats Stjernstedt became the head of the Foundation, he began to show historical Swedish and Scandinavian artists, such as Bas Jan Ader, VALIE EXPORT, Susan Hiller and Adrian Piper in relation to contemporary artists such as Johanna Billing, Goldin + Senneby, Dora García, Deimantas Narkevicius, Harun Farocki and Claire Fontaine. This approach continues with Axel Wieder who has taken over direction in 2014, since which time he has been showing artists as Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Stephen Willats, Willem De Rooij and Elizabeth Price. The Foundation also offers a wide range of events, seminars and educational activities.Their projects are often undertaken in collaboration with local and international organisations.