There has been a lot going on in Stockholm on the Museum scene. Louise Bourgeois’ giant Spider sculpture “Maman” stands looming over the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art), where her exhibition “I Have Been to Hell and Back” is being shown. This is the largest exhibition in Sweden of the artist and a third of the 100 pieces have never been shown publicly before. It ends on the 17th of May for those of you in Stockholm who still haven’t seen it yet.
Fotografiska, which is my favourite museum in Stockholm dedicated solely to Photography, was showing a retrospective exhibition on Herb Ritts, In Full Light. I have always loved his work and it was truly a delight to see this. The iconic Black and White portraits are simply stunnning. The other exhibition at Fotografiska was Ewa Stackleberg, whose fantastical, colourful images are done without a camera, no photo is taken, but the film is her canvas, where she creates these pieces in a darkroom using many different materials.
The National Museum is undergoing a big renovation project and will reopen in 2017. In the meantime, exhibitions are held at various locations around the city. One such space is the Konstakademien, where the exhibition right now is Denise Grunstein’s En Face. The photographer worked on a project very closely with the National Museum when it had been emptied out for the massive renovation. That series of photographs is titled “1866” which is the year the Museum was founded. There are also older work on display. You are able to download the Museum’s App through the QR Reader, which provides you with additional information on the exhibition.
I would also like to add here a sculpture of a sad homeless fox that sits right by the Prime Minister’s Office, Rosenbad. Laura Ford’s Rag and Bone with Blanket (2007) is a human sized fox that sits begging, and the location for this sculpture was voted by readers of Situation Sthlm, a magazine sold by the Homeless. A little reminder to those in the seat of power of the plight of the homeless.