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.

Tokyo’s Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Season

Tokyo CityscapeI’m back home in Tokyo for a spontaneous, unplanned and quick jaunt. It’s sakura (cherry blossom) season, which is my absolute favorite time to be in Tokyo as the city turns pink in celebration with beautiful sakura decorations and sakura snacks.

Sakura seasonHinamatsuri (girl’s day) coincides and the decorations are lovely.

Sakura, Hinamatsuri snacksSakura themed snacks to celebrate hinamatsuri (girl’s day).

Sakura themed food

Sakura Cherry Blossom FrappuccinoYum, even the seasonal sakura blossom frappuccino topped with maple whipped cream and sakura chocolate shavings is back for a limited time only! I’m rarely in town when it’s available, so I’ll be sure to get my fill.

Château de Fontainebleau

Palace of Fontainebleau InteriorWhile still in Fontainebleau, I visited Château de Fontainebleau – one of the largest French royal châteaux. It was a sovereign residence for eight centuries where the Capétiens, Valois, Bourbons, Bonaparte and Orléans, all members of French ruling dynasties lived. Therefore the palace offers a unique mix of interior fashions and styles.

Palace of Fontainebleau InteriorThis includes the Empire style, which was trending during Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign. Personally, I prefer the earlier and more exuberant styles of the Baroque or Rococo movements, which the palace has stunning examples of.

Palace of Fontainebleau InteriorMy initials L.N. take center stage in a large stained glass window. Haha, perhaps I should make a claim for the palace! No doubt I’d make a great custodian.

Château de FontainebleauChapel.

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle Interior

Fontainebleau Castle InteriorTapestry room.

Fontainebleau Castle InteriorQueen’s bedroom.

Fontainebleau Castle InteriorA glimpse inside part of the throne room of Napoleon (former bedroom of the King).

Fontainebleau Castle Throne Room

Château de FontainebleauPalace exterior.

Grand Trianon & Petit Trianon

Grand Trianon at VersaillesA trek through the rainy gardens of Versailles led me to discover the Grand Trianon château, a palace of dreamy pink marble and porphyry.

Grand Trianon at Versailles

Grand Trianon Interior, Versailles

Grand Trianon Interior

Grand Trianon Interior

Grand Trianon Versailles

VersaillesOn my walk from the Grand Trianon to the Petit Trianon I passed through what seemed like a charming little village, far less ostentatious than the exquisite palaces.

Angelina at VersaillesFueling my garden adventure was earlier sustenance that took the form of some delicious Angelina pâtisserie, washed down with the infamous Angelina chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). Sugar rush galore!

Petit Trianon VersaillesWhen I reached the Petit Trianon château it had me wondering where the delicious count Axel von Fersen or rather Jamie Dornan was hiding?!?! Ah, I’m a total sucker for Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette (2006) with its stunning mise-en-scène, costumes, etc.  –  j’adore.

Petit Trianon Interior DetailThe initials M.A. for Marie Antoinette in the wrought iron stair railing.

Petit Trianon Interior

Petit Trianon Interior DetailEven the door, knob and lock were works of art.

Petit Trianon Interior

Garden of Versailles