Art Review: Olafur Eliasson’s Reality Machines at Moderna Museet/ArkDes

Art gallery meets science museum. If I was to describe the Olafur Eliasson exhibition currently shown in Stockholm in only five words, those would be it. In every room a surprising and fascinating experience awaits the visitors – an experience not primarily stemming from the work of art displayed, but from how the displayed work…

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Art Review: Markus Schinwald at Magasin 3

It took me more than six months to get to the Markus Schinwald exhibition at Magasin III in Stockholm. A lack of motivation wasn’t the problem. When I saw Magasin III’s presentation of the exhibition at their website last spring I immediately wanted to go. The 19th century style portraits – among them one of…

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Art Review: Yayoi Kusama at Louisiana

One of a few permanent art installations at Louisiana, the number one museum of modern art in Denmark, is Gleaming Lights of the Souls (2008) by Yayoi Kusama. It is also one of my personal favourites in the Louisiana collection. Stepping into this mirror cube of a room filled with a multitude of glowing light…

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Art Review: Peter Doig at Louisiana

Peter Doig. The name didn’t ring a bell with me. The image that went with the name – a painting of a longhaired person in a bright red canoe – was new to me and at a glance not a headturner. The text accompanying the name and the image – mentioning colourful oil paintings depicting…

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Art Review: Robert Mapplethorpe at Kiasma

On my first visit to Helsinki, one destination was a given: Kiasma, the leading museum of contemporary art in Finland. “A must for an art lover and a very interesting building in and of itself” my friend and co-worker here on The Beautiful Wild, and moreover Finland connoisseur, Leah told me. Leah was absolutely right….

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Art Review: Akram Zaatari’s Unfolding at Moderna Museet

It was unfortunate circumstances that brought me to Modena museet’s second floor. The exhibition at another art institution that I originally intended to visit during my short stay in Stockholm was closed for the summer and the exhibition at Moderna I then opted for turned out to be quite inaccessible for a short person like…

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Art Institutions to Keep an Eye on in Stockholm

An art institution is never better than its current exhibition(s). That being said, here is a handful of art institutions in Stockholm always worth considering a visit to when spending time in the Swedish capital (presented in alphabetical order): Bonniers konsthall Bonniers konsthall is a venue for Swedish and international contemporary art located in central…

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Art Review: Henry Darger – Realms of the Unreal

Henry Darger is a mysterious figure. Still, I was surprised I’d never heard of him. Not only is he one of the most famous “Outsider Artists” in history, he lived only a few blocks from my old apartment in Chicago. Despite being an introvert, I’ve found that Chicago calls me out – to its streets,…

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Art Review/Travel Tip: Sandgrund Lars Lerin Konsthall

The probability that you, my dear reader, will visit Karlstad – Sweden’s 17th biggest city and the capital of Värmland County – I estimate to be next to nothing. If you one day nonetheless do find yourself in this city where the sun, somewhat misguidingly, is said to always shine, I highly recommend that you…

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Art Review: Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” at V&A, London, UK

“I’m a romantic schizophrenic.” – Alexander McQueen Before you go any further, just hit play… Any fashion geeks in here? No? Cool, because neither am I. Let me rephrase the question: Do you like it when beauty goes shoulder to shoulder with monstrosity and complete madness? Do you like drama and tragedy? You might say…

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