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.

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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.

Road Trip! – Wanås Castle & Art

dsc_0317-copyMy road trip to the south of Sweden led me to Wanås, where I visited Wanås Castle. The castle is a private residence that is surrounded by an art foundation with a sculpture park and center for art.

dsc_0318-copyThis is the entrance, shop and indoor gallery space.

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dsc_0328-copyThe focus of the sculpture park and center for art is international contemporary art with site-specific installations.

dsc_0311Gates of the Festival, 2014, by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Material: neon, stop motion animation, HD video, 4 channel surround sound.

dsc_0332Al fresco dining with lunch at the picnic tables.

dsc_0336Wish Trees for Wanås, 1996/2011, by Yoko Ono.

dsc_0363-copyDetail of In Dreams, 2016, by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Material: mixed media.

dsc_0353Pyramiden, 1989-1990, by Gunilla Bandolin.

dsc_0355Primary Structure, 2011, by Jacob Dahlgren.

dsc_0367Dining Room, 2006, by Melissa Martin.

dsc_0375-copyEven the castle façade featured an art installation with a swarm of 300 giant ants by Rafael Gomezbarros. This was extra fun as I’d already seen the swarming ant installation by at Saatchi Gallery in 2014, during their Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America exhibition.

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