So I’ve been writing these blogposts week by week, trying to cover everything that I do. I’m not going to do that aunymore. Too much stuff to cover! But I will regale you with the highlights….
Art in Stockholm
As you may already know, all of the subway stations in Sweden contain art installations. Last week, for my Nordic Contemporary Art class, we had to write a public art reflection on any piece of public art in Sweden. I chose to write mine on Liv Strömquist’s September 2017—August 2019 exhibition at Slussen station.
I picked it because I had read about its controversial depiction of ice-skaters on their periods. However, upon visiting I was surprised at how benign the installation appeared.
People’s anger over seeing a non-objectified or autonomous depiction of a female body never seizes to fascinate me. Male anatomy remains entirely acceptable, but portray a woman outside her properly suppressed place and…
ANYWAY I thought it was cool how the setting of the artwork became part of the work itself. The advertisements interspersed with the artist’s panels, the frequent trains that block the view, and the temporality of the traveling audience all contribute to the work’s reception and ultimately its meaning.
In lieu of making you read my entire essay, I’ll move on to the next artistic highlight of last week!
Andy Warhol Exhibit
This exhibit is actually about a previous Andy Warhol exhibit at the same location—Warhol’s first exhibit ever in 1968.
It was interesting to see how deeply Warhol’s art is enmeshed with the political and social climate in which it was made. It is nearly impossible to appreciate it at all without background information.
What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. — Andy Warhol
At least, that’s what I think. Maybe other people find that type of aesthetic inherently attractive, but to me the only intrigue lies outside the immediate sensory experience.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. — Andy Warhol
So ultimately it was a cool exhibit, but I felt relieved and rejuvenated when I got to walk around the museum’s permanent exhibition for the second time. Less intellect, more innate understanding.
I went to a few cool places this past week so I’ll quickly cover them.
I went to a Chinese restaurant after the Warhol exhibit, but for the life of me I cannot remember what it was called. So not very helpful…
They had great vegan dumplings, though!
More exciting: I FINALLY went to the vegan bakery in Gamla Stan that I had been meaning to check out essentially since I got here. It’s called Naturbageriet Sattva.
I was at the library with my friend Zena writing my public art reflection, when we decided to take a much needed fika break before I headed to yoga at DIS and she headed back to Sollentuna.
I got the cinnamon bun, because I still hadn’t had a Swedish kanelbulle since arriving in Stockholm. Zena got this vanilla/banana croissant. We went at the end of the day, so we got some of the last items available!
Honestly thought Zena’s pick was better, but mine was good, too. And little did I know, that Thursday was Kanelbulle Day! So DIS provided free cinnamon buns (with vegan and gluten free options!) for all of us at the reception area of DIS.
I had two! They were made by Oktav, the restaurant downstairs, and I have to say they were better than the one I had in Gamla Stan. But I’ll have to try again earlier in the day, when the pastries are fresher!
Lastly, I went for brunch with my fellow student-blogger and friend Megan to a vegan spot called Mahalo. I got an acai bowl for the first time since going abroad. I’m a very discerning acai critic, and I have to say the actual acai part was only okay. However, the toppings (including raw, vegan nutella) more than made up for this.
Megan got a Buddha Bowl, which she was able to enjoy for two meals, and we split a raw, snickers cheese-cake. It was AMAZING. Also, Megan had previously gotten the veggie burger, which she deemed one of the best she’d ever had. More next time…
I like boring things… — Andy Warhol