The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities

DSCN7968Sometimes 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.

DSCN7975Although 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.

DSCN7971I 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.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the CatwalkThe 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!

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the CatwalkI 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.

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the CatwalkLots 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 Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

DSCN7962Jean Paul Gaultier has effectively proved himself a master of the hard, soft comb juxtaposing both materials and cut.


DSCN7858Pre-raphaelite much? Certain looks might as well have come straight from a Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting.


Modern and Conceptual Art

DSCN5796Stack by Tony Cragg, 1975, wood, concrete, brick, metal, plastic, textile, cardboard and paper. This inspired me to pose the age old question of what is art and if this “sculpture” qualifies. What do you think? There’s no right or wrong answer as it’s much more a matter of opinion. I certainly know what I think but, the problem is that arguments can be made both for and against the argument of whether or not it qualifies. Considering the fact that it is prominently displayed in Tate Britain means that someone sure thought so.

Nowadays it almost feels like anything can be passed off as art or design without any requirement for skill, creativity or true imagination. A prestigious name is no longer a requirement either as this can be built up with the help of marketing, branding and deep pockets. For me, the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes often comes to mind when dealing with modern and conceptual art.

DSCN5818Here is some hilarious art related dialogue from the ridiculous but very entertaining Parks and Recreations TV-series season 2, episode 9 that I’m sure we can all relate to having felt at some point or another.

Tom: “Dude, what the hell kinda art is this? Looks like a lizard puking up skittles!”

Artist: “I’m an abstract expressionist.”

Tom: “No you’re a con artist.”


April: “Ok so this is a multimedia project. First a bunch of rat snag garbage and this is a tv screen it’ll be like a big flat screen tv and it’ll play looped video of knee surgeries and then this is a human sized hamster wheel that will be next to the mural if we can get one and it’ll be spinning and there will be like a fat guy in it all the time screaming and eating raw beef and bleeding, blood will like come out of his mouth and stuff and that will be like right next to the mural.”

Leslie: “I have one question, WHY…?”

The London Louvre

DSCN5693London’s very own Louvre? No, but that would be rather wonderful wouldn’t it? Just as luxury brands set up boutiques worldwide, why shouldn’t art institutes and museums do the same. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is now expected to open in 2015 after original plans to open in 2012 were delayed and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi expected to open in 2017, are just a couple of examples of this. So, is a London Louvre really that far fetched? Well, yes given that Paris is only a short train or plane ride away but one can fantasize right :) Instead what you’re really looking at is simply a very cool office building found in Southwark.

Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection

Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection LondonSwung by the dramatic and quirky memento mori themed exhibition Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection, a venue dedicated to exploring the connection between the past, present and future of medicine, life and art. I was definitely intrigued as the exhibition is devoted to showcasing cultural and historical attitudes towards death. Clearly, my dark side is taking over as I’ve gotten inspired enough to adore this stunning chandelier made out of bones (well, not real bones but mixed media consisting of plaster, steel, wire, cardboard boxes, and newspaper by Jodie Carey in 2009).

Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection LondonDetail of Vanitas Still Life with a Bouquet and a Skull by Adriaen van Utrecht, 1643, oil on canvas.

The exhibition is divided into a series of rooms, each with their own sub-theme such as contemplating death, the dance of death, violent death, Eros & Thanatos, and commemoration. Don’t feel the need to be intimidated by the bold and gripping titles as the exhibition isn’t nearly half as spooky or scary as you might imagine, instead I’d say more fascinating. Death can be such a taboo subject whereas this enlightening exhibit provides its audience with the opportunity to reflect upon their own feelings towards mortality.

Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection LondonIt is a light hearted exhibition with a beautiful collection of around 300 pieces consisting of  paintings, etchings, sculptures, and historical artifacts. If you’re suddenly feeling curious and/or brave, why not stop by?

The Delightful Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, LondonLife’s a ball when it comes to the delectably beautiful Wallace Collection. Crystal chandeliers, antique clocks, silk upholstered chairs and  luscious paintings. Needless to say, I’ve been absolutely enchanted and am ready to move in immediately!

The Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection, LondonSo many precious treasures on display!

The Oval Room of The Wallace Collection, LondonOne of my favorite spaces in the Wallace Collection was the oval room as seen here. It’s lovely light blue silk tapestries were emphasized by some of my all time favorite paintings which were mounted on top. This room houses the precious paintings The Swing and Madame Pompadour by the superstar Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

The Wallace Collection, London

Mini Portraiture at The Wallace Collection, LondonI absolutely adore mini portraiture and the Wallace Collection did not disappoint in this department. If you find yourself in London and you’ve yet to stop by then I definitely recommend a visit because it’s simply packed with amazing things that are sure to delight.

The Armoury at The Wallace Collection, LondonThe collection also houses a very impressive armoury. “Horsey, horsey don’t you stop, let your feet go clippety clop” yihaaww let’s go for a ride!

Chanel – The Little Black Jacket

Chanel - The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionWell, we all know the importance of owning and working that little black jacket or little black dress, regardless of whether or not it’s actually a Chanel. This was certainly the case when it came to Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition at Saatchi Gallery here in London. The exhibit acts as a sort of shrine to the iconic jacket but also to the iconic names that bear the garment in the photographs snapped by none other than Mr. Karl Lagerfeld himself.

Chanel- The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionThe rooms were naturally abuzz but the actual display and curation of the exhibition felt a bit too safe for my taste. The large collection of portrait posters created more of a hall of fame with celebrities, socialites and style icons acting as the focal point as opposed to the actual jacket itself. To be honest, I was a bit let down by the whole presentation as I simply have higher expectations when it comes to a large luxury brand such as Chanel. If this is their attempt at fashion as art, I’m going to need a bit more convincing!

linneabylinneanilsson fashion, coatYes, it was the stylish duo of me (wearing a linnebylinneanilsson coat) and my darling friend Haley who were on the judging panel for today’s event, which was nice but surprisingly left us neither impressed nor blown away.

Chanel- The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionAlthough, this image of a dark Marie Antoinette did have me slightly intrigued… an idea for my Halloween costume perhaps? ♪ Whip it ♪

Royal Academy of Arts: Bronze

Royal Academy of Arts London, Bronze ExhibitionBust of Anima Dannata by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi, modeled after Gianlorenzo Bernini, Damned Soul, 1705-07, Bronze, 39 x 27.5 x 28 cm.

Stopped by the Royal Academy of Arts to catch their exhibition in the main galleries on bronze sculptures. With long anticipating crowds, I was the lucky guest of a VIP friend and therefore swept on past the long lines, but brace yourselves otherwise.

Royal Academy of Arts London, Bronze Exhibition

Head of Horse, 2nd or 1st Century BCE, Bronze, H.81 cm, Pug by Hubert Gerhard, c. 1600, Bronze, 45 x 23 x 65 cm.

The large exhibition was thematic and featured a range of antiquities ranging from figures, heads, gods, animals and objects as well as a few more modern works of art using the highly durable medium of bronze. My favorite section would have to be the figures section which displayed some amazing large-scale ancient Florentine males or more accurately warriors of physique. Oooooo, intrigued yet?

Royal Academy of Arts London, Bronze ExhibitionIt was a lovely exhibition but I suppose it might not appeal to everyone by catering to a very specific audience. The exhibitions that I’ve so far had the pleasure of seeing at the Royal Academy have all been tremendously good with beautifully curated, extensive collections of the best quality. Well worth a visit!

Baba ganoush at Medelhavsmuseet

Yum! I headed over to Medelhavsmuseet (the Mediterranean Museum) to enjoy the  neo-classical interior of the museum and some lunch at their Bagdad Café. The museum, located in central Stockholm, has a beautiful collection of ancient  and historical artifacts from the Mediterranean countries, from Mesopotamia and Egypt to the early Christian and Islamic cultures. Even though I travel frequently, it’s like a vacation in itself that can be just as fun without actually going anywhere.

The salads are absolutely delicious, a must try for anyone who finds themselves in the city! I ordered this stylish baba ganoush that always hits the spot when I’m craving something fresh, full of flavors and tasty textures.

(View from the cafe: My old stomping ground, The Royal Swedish Opera to the left, the National Museum in the distant background, and the Royal Palace to the right)

The recipe for those brave enough to give it a go themselves:

Oven bake an aubergine until soft.

Using a food processor mix in dill, garlic, chilli, bread and last flip in feta cheese.

*Remember when using the food processor not to make it too smooth. It should have a slightly chunky texture in the end.

Swedish Handicraft at Liljevalchs

Liljevalchs exhibition hall is currently honoring the tradition of Swedish handicraft in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Svenska Hemslöjdsföreningarnas Riksförbund. There was plenty of talent on display and I’m delighted to see the incorporation of traditional techniques being used with a modern twist. Let’s hope for a revival of traditional handicraft, which by the way, makes an excellent source of inspiration for designers worldwide. Enjoy!

By Annette Junebro

By: Apokalyps Labotek, Petra Lilja, Jenny Nordberg och kollektivet Yallatrappan, Skåne län.

By my super talented grandfather, artist and artisan Ralf Sikström.

Hem Slöjden På Liljevalchs

Ser du löven för alla träd?

Ser du träden för alla löv? (Do you see the trees for all the leaves?) A collaborative handicraft forest where every leaf was designed and created by separate individuals.

By: Sverker Eklund, Västra Götalands län