Stockholm Costume & Fashion Institute

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIStockholm Costume & Fashion Institute (SCFI) occupies the Erskine house in the Swedish meatpacking district (Hallvägen 21, Johanneshov). Unlike New York’s trendy meatpacking district, the Swedish one has stayed true to its roots and continues to function as just that, with the exception of SCFI’s temporary entrance onto the scene.

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBox 9: Vikinga-romantik. Handbag Thierry no. 1 by Aia Jüdes, 2013.

Their current exhibition Kostym kontra mode, Svenska pärlor från scen till catwalk (January 21 – April 30, 2017), which translates roughly to costume in contrast to fashion, Swedish gems from the stage to the catwalk, covers Swedish 20th century costume from theater and film posed against contemporary Swedish fashion. Here’s a peek inside…

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBeckmans Box, The Francis Rose Hasenkamp Collection by Klara Modigh.

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBox 5: Kläder som skulptur (Clothes as sculpture)

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Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBox 7: För stor för Sverige? (Too big for Sweden?)

Globen, StockholmViews from the window reveal the Globe arena and Tele2 arena in the distance.

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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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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.

Road Trip! – 10 Ways with Swedish Glass

dsc_0206Also at Kalmar Castle and in what used to be its foremost banquet hall during Johan III’s time, is the now converted temporary exhibition space currently showing 10 Ways with Swedish Glass (May 22 – October 30, 2016). The exhibition was created exclusively for Kalmar Castle and showcases the work of 10 different glass artists.

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dsc_0215Glass art seems to be quite the hot ticket as Millesgården in Stockholm also recently showed glass art in their Swedish Contemporary Glass Art exhibition (February 6 – May 8, 2016).

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

DSC_0159Yesterday was the last day of the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition at The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo and I was fortunate enough to catch it before it moves on to The Matsuzakaya Museum, Nagoya (11 September 2016 – 16 October 2016).

DSC_0121A recreation of Paul Smith’s Studio.

DSC_0140I first saw the exhibition when it debuted at the Design Museum, London back in 2013-2014 and even bumped into Paul Smith himself by coincidence, who was there for a book signing of the exhibition catalogue.

DSC_0127Paul Smith Mini Cooper.

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DSC_0147The Paul Smith watch collection plays on the conventions of classic watch design juxtaposed with playful details and unexpected elements.

DSC_0158Paul Smith’s personal selection from the collections in his archive. Currently Paul Smith produces two collections for men and women as well as one exclusive collection for Japan only.

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DSC_0151The exhibition was absolutely packed with visitors, which is of course great for the museum, but made it more challenging for visitors to see and appreciate all of the different aspects that the exhibition had to offer.