In pictures: Five top design exhibitions in Stockholm
The Local · 12 Aug 2016, 11:06
Published: 12 Aug 2016 11:06 GMT+02:00
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1. Arvet efter Andy Warhol (The legacy of Andy Warhol)
Where: Artipelag, Värmdö
Open: Until September 25th
About Artipelag: Surrounded by the archipelago, the Artipelag is beautifully built on Hålludden, Värmdö. The 10,000 square metre centre contains a large art gallery and a shop with their own design products. There is also the opportunity to have a picnic and enjoy some food while looking out over the lovely sea.
2. Rejält retro
Where: Nordic Museum, Djurgården
Open: Until September 4th
About The Nordic Museum: The museum's own slogan sums up, in very good way, what it offers: 'Swedish trends and traditions.' The magnificent building on Djurgården island was built when the museum was founded in the late 19th century and is now an important part of the cityscape, whether you arrive by boat from Nybroviken or cross the bridge, Djurgårdsbron, by foot. You can have food or a coffee at the museum or at any of the other nearby cafes in the cluster of museums along the water.
About the exhibition: What many may not know is that the pattern designer Josef Frank also painted watercolours and only began to explore his artistic side at the age of 68. That is something Millesgården has chosen to highlight in its summer exhibition this year, where visitors get an insight into Josef Frank's work in an art historical context. The exhibition consists of four parts, showing off both the previously unknown watercolours, interiors and furniture created by students from the Carl Malmsten School and a flowerbed by landscape architect Ulf Nordfjell – all with Frank's design and artistry as inspiration.
About Millesgården: Sometimes you get the feeling that it is mainy tourists who cross the bridge Lidingöbron with their eyes set on Millesgården – many Stockholmers seem to have forgotten that this pearl is just a stone's throw from Stockholm city and offers magnificent views and interesting exhibits. The building was designed by architect Carl M Bengtsson and was built in 1908, originally as a residence and studio for the sculptor and artist Carl Milles and his wife Olga. If you go here, take the opportunity to eat a good lunch cooked by the Millesgården Farmer shop at one of the many terraces in the sculpture park.
4. Ingegerd Råman
Where: National Museum of Design/House of Culture City Theatre, Sergels Torg
Open: Until August 14th
About the exhibition: Ingegerd Råman is one of Sweden's most influential designers and this summer her work is put on show at the National Museum of Design. The exhibition presents a personal selection of missions and assignments, through more than 200 objects including glass, ceramics, wood and natural fibre. In sketches, films and texts she comments on the challenges and her projects for both national and international productions.
About the House of Culture City Theatre: The exhibition takes place on the fourth floor of the Kulturhuset, a building that is in itself worth a visit, next to the iconic square at Sergels torg. The building offers an extensive cultural range – you wouldn’t have to leave the building for a whole day if you didn't want to. Eat or snack in one of the restaurants, visit the library on the ground floor, take an elevator journey up to 'Rum för barn' ('Room for kids') with younger visitors or finish off the day with a show at the City Theatre.
5. Yayoi Kusama – infinity
Where: Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen
Open: Until September 11th
About the exhibition: The last tip is this eye-catching exhibition at the Moderna Museet. It's a retrospective exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama focusing on her life's work, from the early nature studies to installations where space and time are repealed. The recurrent dots and original patterns come from Kusama's recurring hallucinations, which she has suffered from since childhood. In her hallucinations the world appeared as a grid of dots and repetitive forms. The art has become a way for Kusama to create a form to these inner landscapes.
About Moderna Museet: At the Museum of Modern Art, you can, in addition to the current exhibition of Yayoi Kusama, visit the permanent collections consisting of key works by Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Lyubov Popova, Salvador Dali, Meret Oppenheim and Irving Penn and works of artists active today. Even here, the surroundings are a great attraction in the hot summer days. Skeppsholmen has views towards Djurgården, Strandvägen, Stadsgårdskajen and Skeppsbron and you can either have coffee or eat at the museum's restaurant, or sit down on a picnic blanket in the greenery.