Also 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.
Glass 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).
The first stop during my road trip was in Kalmar. It seems that I have not only traveled quite the distance but that I have also time traveled.
The history of Kalmar castle can be traced back to the 12th century, but it seems that I have traveled into the 16th century – when the medieval castle was redesigned to adopt Renaissance fashions, thus giving its current design.
As I was wandering the castle my imagination went wild. I imagined what life at Kalmar castle would have been like during the different centuries that it was actively being used. What scandals, intrigues and drama took place there? Did I mention that they had/have a dungeon?
The interiors featured beautifully preserved frescos.
Sparse interiors remain but there were still stunningly large and ornate tapestries, as well as portraits to be seen.
I now have some new ideas on how to accessorize a dining table. If only I knew where to get a beautiful peacock and swan to help decorate my own.
Detail of an interior ceiling.
The intimate and oh so charming chapel.
Decorated archway/tunnel as seen in the castle courtyard.