Day Trip to Uppsala, Part II

Uppsala Art MuseumExplored Uppsala Art Museum filled with beautiful historic portraits.

 Uppsala Konstmuseum


Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquity

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquity, StockholmLucky me got a private tour of the stunning Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquity, which is situated in the Royal Palace, though is currently closed to the public. It consists of two semi-small stone galleries. I’m ready to make it my summer residence, where I would throw the most fabulous parties on the terrace, which the large french windows open up to.

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquity, Stockholm

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquity, Stockholm

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquity, StockholmHere the handsome Endymion can be seen in his eternal sleep, awaiting to be kissed by his lover Selene.

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquity, Stockholm

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquity, StockholmFrom left to right: Faustina Maior, Marcus Aurelius, and Faustina Minor.

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquity, Stockholm

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

Kusama My Eternal Soul Exhibition, TokyoAt Tokyo’s National Art Center, the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul, takes center stage as one of Kusama’s largest shows yet.

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul, TokyoKusama and I have a long history together, which began way back in 2004, when I saw her Kusamatrix exhibition at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum. This was followed by the Kusama exhibition at London’s Tate Modern in 2012 and followed by Yayoi Kusama In Infinity at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 2016. It’s been interesting to follow her how work and audience have developed over time, especially after the buzz/hype caused by her Louis Vuitton collaboration.

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul Exhibition

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal SoulThe exhibition features 270 works selected from Kusama’s more than 70-year prolific career. On display are 132 large-scale paintings from Kusama’s “My Eternal Soul” series, several sculptures (which I find very cheerful), and a retrospective aspect with 80 works ranging from Kusama’s earliest drawings to the more present.

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal SoulKusama’s pumpkin sculpture.

Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal SoulNarcissus Garden.

The National Art Center, TokyoThe National Art Center, Tokyo, architecture by Kisho Kurokawa.


Karl Lagerfeld Photo Exhibit at Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld Photo ExhibitionLuxury fashion house Chanel presented a stunning black and white Karl Lagerfeld photo exhibition entitled Versailles A L’ombre Du Soleil in its Nexus Hall space in their Ginza, Tokyo skyscraper.

Karl Lagerfeld Photo Exhibition

Karl Lagerfeld Photo ExhibitionThe exhibition couldn’t have come at a better time after my recent trip to Château de Versailles where I, like Karl Lagerfeld, played photographer. It was extra fun to recognize the beautiful scenery featured in the exhibition.

Karl Lagerfeld Versailles Photo Exhibition

Karl Lagerfeld Photo Exhibition

Chanel TokyoThe elevator that brings you to the gallery bears a large print of one of Lagerfeld’s sketches of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel.

Chanel Tokyo Elevator ButtonEven the elevator button is arranged in the iconic interlocking double C Chanel logo.

Chanel TokyoChanel’s storefront window.

Paris Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

The Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum/cultural center appeared to be just as packed and busy as I would imagine it was when it first opened its doors back in 2014. After queuing (which I detest) outdoors for almost an hour without a pre-booked ticked, I finally made it past the airport-style security check and made it inside.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

As I typically frequent Tokyo’s Espace Louis Vuitton whenever I’m back home in the city, I was excited to discover what the more expansive Parisian sister version Fondation Louis Vuitton had to offer.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWorks by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).

The exhibition Icons of Modern Art – The Collection Shchukin, which included works by names such as Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Monet, etc. was on display and its exhibition catalogues were selling like hot cakes in the gift shop.

Renoir, Fondation Louis VuittonWoman in Black, c.1876, oil on canvas, by Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWorks in the permanent collection by Alexandre Rodtchenko (1891-1956).

Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisAn initial sketch (2014) by renowned architect Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton building, shown as part of the permanent exhibition Architectural Journal Frank Gehry.

Architectural Model for Fondation Louis VuittonArchitectural model for Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, ParisPedro Barateiro, Rumor (Workers), 2015, sculptures in MDF and cement.

Visited the immense Parisian contemporary art center/”anti-museum” Palais de Tokyo. With a total surface area of some 22,000m2, there’s a lot to discover. My visit included two temporary exhibitions (1) Taro Izumi, “Pan” 2) Emmanuel Saulnier, “Black Dancing”) on the ground floor and then a vast, more permanent space downstairs. I’ve selected some snapshots of my favorite elements.

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, ParisEmmanuel Saulnier.

Emmanuel Saulnier, Palais de Tokyo, ParisEmmanuel Saulnier.

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Mel O’Callaghan, Palais de Tokyo, ParisMel O’Callaghan, Performance: To Hear with My Eyes, 2017.

Palais de Tokyo, ParisThe space at Palais de Tokyo is fantastic with its high ceilings, raw, industrial feel. I feel right at home as it reminds me of the big galleries that I used to frequent in Beijing’s 798 Art District. It’s also a bit of a déjà vu to my days spent at Central Saint Martins in their re-purposed, industrial building in Granary Square, King’s Cross.