Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Winter

Countryside






Build your own Blah.





My new years gift from Johan. Thank you!!!

Berlin


A beautiful photo from Miss Hoetjes, who currently lives in Berlin, I believe, and who has lots of visitors for New Years, most likely from her hometown of Amsterdam.

Thank you Anna! I do hope you, miss Bervoets and Christina will come visit New York soon. Although Berlin does look too delightful to be true.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

By Asplund




Stadsbiblioteket







Stockholm Public Library

Gingerbread Radio



There was an exhibition of gingerbread houses at Moderna Museet. I'm not really sure how the radio fit into that, but it sure is pretty.

The Writing on the Wall


I really, really like Moderna Museet, Stockholm. I find that it succeeds in being humble and self-deprecating (see the Kruger work in the post below) and serious about art at one and the same time.

One nice example is the way they present their writing on the wall - the usually highfalutin and incomprehensible text that accompanies the exhibition, a single art work, or, as in this case, the work of a specific generation of artists.

The text - tada! - has a sender or a speaker! Tada tada!

It may not seem like such a big deal, but really I think it's quite a change. Instead of presenting it as something indisputable or given, it's presented as something someone said. A real person with a name. Like an opinion almost. Like something a little less authoritative.

Not that it makes the actual text any better. It's still a little highfalutin to me.

Baby. steps.

Large Glass. Reflection.


There were so many Marcel Duchamp pieces at Moderna Museet, some I have never seen in person before, for example "The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, even" (La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même) or "the Large Glass". Apparently the original is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but according to Wikipedia he made a replica of it in 1961 for Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

In general there are quite a bit of art works created specifically for Moderna Museet, by Duchamp, Rauchenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle and Öyvind Fahlström to name a few. I really sensed the extent to which the institution left its mark on the contemporary art scene of the 60s - and vice versa.

Anyhow, I just read a little about the museum and learned about the late Pontus Hultén, who was the director of Moderna Museet from 1960 to 1973. It seems he has been a most charismatic and visionary character in the modern art world, and was also one of the founders of Centre Pompidou in Paris, not to mention its director from the mid 70s to 1981.

So good to learn about the connections of the parts that make up "the whole".

Brasilia Hall

Vi förslavas av föremålen omkring oss






"We are the slaves of objects around us".
Goethe quote.
By Barbara Kruger.
Outside the museum shop at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

entrance

condensation

Fuzzy Greens

Post. Again.

Balconies

Work

icescapades

Here's Looking

Florists too.

Coiffure





It strikes me that Stockholm has an infinite number of hair salons.

ghost ship

Lunar Phase

Monday, December 29, 2008

Productive Hibernation




Apparently this is how Gaya thrives. Completely secluded from the outside world underneath a blanket or a pillow.

My mother is beginning to suspect that her little four-legged pal is very, very thoughtful. That she is, in fact, not sleeping most of her day away, but actually lying there philosophizing about the meaning of liver treats and such.