When we read that Stockholm was of "human size", we imagined a small capital whose districts would be very close to each other. Dear readers, don't trust the travel guides, Stockholm is immense! Perhaps not as much as London or Berlin but it is vast and tonight our feet can testify! The positive point is that you breathe and the fact that everywhere you look there's water, you breathe even more and feel so alive & well, it's a blessing!
Our today's marathon began with the visit of the Moderna Museet (the Museum of Modern Art) and more especially, the exhibition dedicated to the French artist Louise Bourgeois. Of course, we had already heard about this artist but apart from 2 or 3 iconic creations, our knowledge had been pretty limited. This exhibition entitled I Have Been To Hell And Back was in that way a complete epiphany and something that deeply moved us. Actually, we did not expect to feel such a connection to her work ( more than a hundred of her works were presented, some had never been presented before). Louise Bourgeois's goal was to put the figure of the artist at the core of her work and to show that without what lays inside her, nothing can come. Thus, she used the figure of the spider (her creation entitled Maman is perhaps her most famous work) as the metaphor of the artist's creating process. To create its web, a spider uses what is inside itself just like an artist who needs to give his/her guts to deliver something relevant. It has been so inspirational and has given us an urge to know more about her and be sure, you will hear from her again in a near future on We Are Ready Made. We have taken so many pics and really want to talk about her in our blog because far from the stereotypes you could expect from a female artist, Louise Bourgeois succeeded in transcending her condition, her pains, her chaotic mind to create something so powerful and meaningful that it has to be told again and again. She has disrupted contemporary art and at the same time, she has completely overwhelmed us. Just for that, life deserves to be lived.
On a lighter note, after this experience, we headed to the permanent collection section to discover the attractive program including such major names as Jackson Pollock, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Yayoi Kusama or Salvador Dali. This is what we love about Modern Art, there is so much diversity, you cannot be disappointed when you visit a Modern Art Museum. It is impossible or you really are a demanding person. After this long visit, we remained on Skepps Holmen aka the Museum Island to walk all around, admire the incredible viewpoints and once again, feel the invigorating salty air. Pure Bliss!
Our day came to an end in "Hipsterland" (unfortunately we hadn't had the time to grow beards for the occasion), Södermalm to go to the Aplace outlet, one good occasion to visit Stockholm when you are a fashion blogger. Aplace is a concept store whose specialty is to feature Swedish brands such as Wood Wood, Acne, CMMN SWDN or the dead and gone Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair. The outlet is an extension of the main store but with, once again and it's a recurring theme during this stay, very interesting discounts. Thus, we could have purchased a pair of snakeskin Vans (ok this is not a Swedish brand...) for an unbelievable fee. That's how it should always be, don't you think?!
Our stay in Stockholm is coming to an end but before leaving for France (and then going to Copenhagen), we will take the time to say a proper good bye to the Swedish capital that had welcome us with open arms and smiley faces. People here are so nice, for French people like us it's weird at first but you quickly get accustomed to it. This one goes out to the waitress of the restaurant where we had lunch today and with whom we talked about France, Charlie Hebdo, Gay Marriage and other things like this for 20 minutes. We are not sure this kind of things could happen in France with foreign tourists in a city like Paris. We'd love to be wrong about it but unfortunately, this is a sad reality. Ok, we don't think that everything in Sweden is perfect but France surely has something to learn from its Scandinavian counterpart. In any case, dear Stockholm, be sure we'll be back and in the meantime, as you say in your very difficult language, Vi Ses Snart!