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Take a trip to Stockholm…..

August 22, 2017
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The best part about a trip to Stockholm in the summer is the chance to explore the famous archipelago. Cruise ships and regular liners thread their way through the maze of hundreds of islands like huge icebergs and around them dart innumerable sailing and motorboats. But there is no need to take a boat, there are plenty of places for those on land to enjoy the spectacle.

Edmund de Waal in the Swedish archipelago

No doubt Edmund de Waal, writer and ceramicist, was thrilled to explore the space at the outlying gallery Artipelag which you can reach by ferry, car or bus. The dramatic setting with fir trees, cliffs and sea contrasts with de Waal’s delicate ceramic.  A visit here is not complete without a walk around the gallery – and of course lunch in the café.

Surprise find at Prince Eugene’s Valdermarsudde

You can also explore the archipelago from Djurgården, reached by ferry, tram or a walk across the bridge from Strandvagen. Here is the original home of Prince Eugene, an artist; his home is now an art gallery. Set back above the main route into Stockholm harbour, the grounds provide wonderful views of incoming and departing ships.

The Mansion was built for the Prince in 1905 and designed by the well-known Swedish architect Ferdinand Boberg. As well as visiting seeing his home as it once was, there is an art gallery extension.  This summer I went to see the exhibition of paintings and ceramics by the artist Anja Notini – Rooms with Gravitation – a series of abstracts created in response to nature.  (It was something of a surprise when I found out that we were related – she is a second cousin.)

Anders Zorn’s portraits and Finnish glass at Kulturhuset

Away from the harbour but in a parkland setting is Sven Harrys a Vasaparken.  This time they were showing some of Zorn’s outstanding portraits.  (Zorn himself was a lover of the sea (and women), creating numerous paintings of young Swedish girls bathing!)  This exhibition is now closed but the exciting news is that Zorn is the subject of a major exhibition in Paris this autumn at the Petit Palais opening on 15 September.

I also visited to Kulturhuset – not my favourite building in Stockholm – typical 60s/70s stark architecture.  Not helped by a huge building site outside as they rebuild Sergels Torg.  This time there was an exhibition of Finnish design starting with the works of architect Alvar Alto and then exploring his followers working in wood and producing decorative objects in glass.  This inspirational display was staged by the National Museum of Sweden as part of its outreach work while it is still in redevelopment – due to re-open in the autumn of 2018.

No visit to Stockholm in August is complete without the Crayfish Party – this time at Anna’s.

https://artipelag.se/   https://www.waldemarsudde.se/in-english/

http://www.sven-harrys.se/en    http://www.nationalmuseum.se/