Thursday, 24 March 2016

Biologiska by day and by night

Biological museums are normally not very high on my must see-list. I am usually a bit disappointed when I visit one. However, at the teachers’ fair the director of Biologiska museet convinced me that I would not regret visiting his museum. He was right.

Biologiska museet features large dioramas filled with stuffed animals, depicting the Nordic wildlife. There is more though – and this is what got me hooked. Established in 1893 the museum itself is an illustration of a time long gone and it has quite an interesting history. You don’t like stuffed animals and you couldn’t care less about history? The backgrounds of the dioramas, painted by Swedish artist Bruno Liljefors, are stunning. So is the building itself: architect Agi Lindegren got his inspiration from medieval Norwegian stave churches. Stockholm has many beautiful buildings, but you won’t find any that look even remotely like Biologiska.



It's this specific combination of biology, history, art and architecture that gives Biologiska its identity, and luckily it's run by people who are very aware of this. Biologiska regularly invites contemporary artists and designers to exhibit in the museum, which makes for great . My first visit was on an evening after work, when the museum opened its doors for great lectures by artists Katja Aglert and Dominic Redfern. We could also go see the dioramas. However, the exhibition area has no electrical lighting so we were given torchlight to go and explore! There is something very special about wandering through a museum in the pitch dark. It makes you feel like a proper wilderness explorer in no time. Biologiska by night looks a bit like this (but less blurry. I am sorry for the horrible picture quality).






And by day, you ask? Good question, I say.













Vi ses





Cathy

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Futuristic fashion at Liljevalchs Konsthall

   


Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward: The title alone was enough to convince me to visit this exposition at Liljevalchs Konsthall. Liljevalchs used contemporary fashion to sketch possible future scenarios. Eleven galleries explore eleven different themes: Sustainability, change, technology, craft & form, craft & colour, resistance & society, resistance & beauty, solidarity, memory, gender identity and love.








Walking into the exhibition was like walking into a theme park. Every room looked like a tiny universe in itself. I was pleasantly surprised to encounter many Belgian designs amongst the exhibits. It was very refreshing to see a rather positive view on the future compared to the doom scenarios we usually get confronted with. Leave it to the art world to keep optimism alive - and to do it in the most fashionable way possible.



       







Lina Michal // Francis Bitonti Studio
Walter van Beirendonck & Erwin Wurn // Maison Martin Margiela for H&M 
Hideki Seo // Viktor & Rolf


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Olafur Eliasson 'Verklighetsmaskiner/ Reality Machines'

My first weekend in Stockholm happened to be the last one of Olafur Eliasson's exposition 'Reality machines' at Moderna Museet and ArkDes. So it seemed like a good plan to go to Skepsholmen for a cultural day out.


I wasn't the only one who had that idea. The museum was packed with people. Luckily, I arrived early so obtaining a ticket didn't take that long, and the exhibition spaces were not that crowded yet. By noon; though the entrance hall was so crowded you could hardly pass through anymore, and people were drinking coffee and enjoying cake while waiting in queue just to kill time.


I believe strongly that art can change the world. Art has the power to make us question the way we think and the way we see things. Eliasson's installations are a good example of this. His works make us, as he formulates it, "see our own seeing".







Vi ses!

Cathy

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Perfumed Cloud Space




'Perfumed Cloud Space' by Peter De Cupere is part of the expo "Jazz Age" at Modemuseum Hasselt.









"Jazz Age" can be visited until March 13th 2016.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Hello, my name is Paul Smith.

This weekend is your last chance to visit the expo 'Hello, my name is Paul Smith' at Modemuseum Hasselt.



Eventhough this is an exhibition about a fashion designer, in a 'fashion museum', you will not get to see many clothes. 'Hello, my name is Paul Smith' focuses on the background story, the inspiration and the life of Smith. 





Expect stripey mazes, buttoned walls, bunnies, tables stacked with fabric, loads of humour and entertaining video installations. The ammount of written information is very limited.




A visit to 'Hello...' is very easily digestable. The bright colours and fun installations give the place the feel of a fashion theme park. That makes it a perfect expo for a lazy afternoon. Don't expect to learn a lot, just go and enjoy the ride. And get inspired.





Love,

Cathy


Friday, 3 July 2015

Spotted in Köln





You don't have to go to Paris for romance.



Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Blitz-visit to Rotterdam, mostly spent looking up.

A few weeks ago I was in Rotterdam for the opening weekend of "Design Derby - Nederland - België" at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen



MaisonCaro at 'Design Derby'


It wasn't the first time I visited Rotterdam, but there's always something interesting to see.


The 'cube houses' by Piet Blom
Library
Witte de Withstraat