Sometimes you don’t even have to leave the country in order to travel and see the world. You can still get your cultural fill by visiting small and slightly obscure museums such as this, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden.
Although small, the museum displays antiquities from Egypt, Cyprus as well as Greece and Rome. In order to take full advantage of what the museum has to offer, I suggest viewing the collection in combination with a tasty light lunch at their Bagdad Café. The interiors are simple but their feta cheese, aubergine salad with olives and pine nuts is absolutely amazing.
I certainly wouldn’t mind bringing a few of the beautiful white marble statues from the collection home with me. Imagine the stunning interiors and baroque garden that could be created with such additions.
It’s not everyday that a rousing exhibition such as this presents itself so it’s always important to take advantage. Retrospectives are especially exciting as it offers a large selection of an artist’s work in one setting allowing the viewer to observe the breadth of their work and development.
I’m a big fan of Helmut Newton’s black and white fashion photography which to this very day continues to command our attention with its modern, edgy perspective. However, have a more difficult time finding purpose or pleasure in his female nudes of pornographic and sadomasochistic tendency.
As he himself put it, “I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste – it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things… If the art world rejects me, all I can say is ‘good luck to the world of art.’ If I look for a real point of view, I’m not going to start by looking at what art will accept so I can conform to that. That’s why… sadomasochism still seems interesting to me today. I always carry chains and padlocks in my car trunk, not for me but for my photos.” -Helmut Newton, Press conference, Austria, 1984
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design is a total must see!
I first heard about the exhibition a year ago when lucky me spent the afternoon picking the brain of one of Gaultier’s nearest and dearest friends and colleagues. Ever since I’ve been waiting in anticipation to see the outcome of the exhibition and let me tell you it did not disappoint. So, if you find yourself in Stockholm, Sweden at the moment or in the near vicinity this is one of those exhibitions you just shouldn’t miss.
Lots of fierce and elaborate corsets were on show throughout the exhibition. My favorite corset was a sleek, tight crocodile front laced corset. Then to offset my previous choice, I also fell for a fabulous soft powder pink diva-esque corset like the one from the Gaultier fragrance.
Jean Paul Gaultier has effectively proved himself a master of the hard, soft comb juxtaposing both materials and cut.
Pre-raphaelite much? Certain looks might as well have come straight from a Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting.
Sunday, Sunday… Marie Antoinette candle from Cire Trudon, Paris, Ladurée Marie Antoinette thé, and what better to indulge in than a little bit of scandalous living with The Queen’s Lover? (by Francine du Plessix Gray, The Penguin Press New York, 2012)
This historical novel told from the point of view of Count Axel von Fersen, lets you in on the untold love story, phsst, as if there was ever something going on there… between my darling von Fersen and Marie Antoinette. It all begins with a masquerade ball in Paris in 1774 and spans the course of the French Revolution. Fersen joined the French troops in the fight for American independence. Upon his return, France is on the brink of the French Revolution, which calls for an escape for the royal family, an attempt that failed. Back in Sweden, Fersen came to be viewed as the enemy and lost his life to a savage mob. Drama!
Steninge Palace, outside Stockholm, Sweden, is a baroque palace built between 1694-1698 and completed around 1705. It was inspired by Chateau-de-Vaux-le-Vicomte in France. In 1735, it was bought by the Fersen family. Axel von Fersen was murdered in 1810, falsely accused of conspiracy but later acquitted.
Hej då Sverige! It time to say goodbye to Stockholm as I’m now heading back over to Tokyo. But before reaching my final destination, I’ll be making a quick pit stop in Copenhagen, Denmark to enjoy the city. What to you think of the view from the Scandinavian Airlines’ bathroom?
Stopped by my imaginary lover’s palace, Steninge Slott belonging to the late darling Axel von Fersen. Move over Marie Antoinette, I think I’d settle down nicely in this stylish mansion.
The view was spectacular, with the water coming straight up by the palace garden. My need for symmetry has been fully satisfied by yet another trip to a fabulous palace property. But the hunt continues…
What’s that I spot, a dark and reclusive love grotto? Ooolala, how scandalous!
In the Baroque gardens there was a monument honoring the life and unjust death of Axel von Fersen, probably best known internationally for his love affair with the French queen Marie Antoinette.
Recognize this, my faithful devotees? In an earlier post I wrote about my future home, featuring this palace as inspiration. I’ve passed the beautiful exterior many times but, this summer casually passing by with envy in my eyes didn’t suffice, so I headed in doors. This little summer retreat in Stockholm’s Djurgården, a former hunting park, was built in the 1820s for King Karl XIV Johan, the first Bernadotte. The palace has never been a year round residence.
The interiors were lovely as I had expected but it’s still just as satisfying to get it confirmed. Me and auntie saw the beautiful sights of Rosendal palace and garden.
After enjoying the sights, we stopped by Rosendal’s garden café, which much to our disappointment were out of essentially everything. I was looking forward to nibbling on one of their summery salads, but to no avail.