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Five Ways In Which A Visit To Tate Modern Makes For A Memorable Birthday

By Lakshmi:

I made a birthday resolution several years ago…to always take the day off from work and fill “my” 24 hours  with the things that give me tremendous joy!  So, given our proximity to London this year, I decided that I wanted to make a pilgrimage to Tate Modern.  On a beautiful, crisp summer day, we disembarked off the tube at St. Paul’s to make our way across the Millenium Bridge to our destination.

It was simply an idyllic way to spend the morning and here are five reasons why the visit to Tate Modern will always hold a special place in my heart.

1. The bright blue color painted on the tree trunks en route from St. Paul’s to the Millenieum Bridge.

Ok, I did not expect artistic creations to greet me on my walk.  We had just visited St. Paul’s two months ago and did not notice the bright, playful blue of the tree trunks along the way.  That playful, fun, unexpected visual just put me in a happier mood.  I later realized that the blue trunks are the work of Konstantin Dimopoulos, an Australian artist who is using this medium to highlight deforestation in the World.

Blue tree trunks

The bright blue tree trunks
The bright blue tree trunks

2.  The beautiful views of St. Paul’s that you turn back to upon your walk across the Millenium Bridge.  St. Paul’s is beautiful and this walk provided an additional vantage point.

St. Paul's as seen from the Millenium Bridge
St. Paul’s as seen from the Millenium Bridge

3. The beautiful views of London that greet you on either side of the bridge.  The views are pretty spectacular and spread out into the distance.

A view from the Millenium  Bridge
A view from the Millenium Bridge

4. The spectacular building that houses Tate Modern and its amazing art collection.  You could get lost here for days and in a span of several hours we were exposed to a variety of art forms, some famous and some completely anew.

Views from the Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art
Views from the Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art
Yet another piece from the same collection
Yet another piece from the same collection
More from Meschac Gaba
More from Meschac Gaba
An interesting composition from recycled materials
An interesting composition from recycled materials

5. The views from Tate Modern across the Thames.  If you ever end up at Tate, do make it to the gallery to get some of the most spectacular views that London has to offer.

The view from the balcony at Tate Modern
The view from the balcony at Tate Modern

Fotografiska – Worth Every Kroner Paid

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone interested in art, photography, visuals or exploring new dimensions to photography as an art form.  And of course for anyone seeking the best views of Stockholm.

What? Fotografiska, the Swedish Museum of World Photography

How? The museum is located in a beautiful building on the water at Stadsgardsleden 22.  Entrance is SEK 110 and allows access to all exhibits.

Why?  First the exhibits.  There were a couple that I absolutely loved.

Helena Blomqvist: Helena painstakingly crafts models and props for the backdrop of her photography.  She takes societal issues and finds a way to marry her props and photos to create powerful visuals that drive the point home.  I had not heard of Helena before today, but was impressed enough to buy a poster of her work, a hurt monkey sitting in a hospital bed surrounded by shades of yellow and gray.

Steve Schapiro:  Shame on me for not knowing this talented photographer to date, but he was the one who took that infamous fingerprint left by the bathtub by Dr. Martin Luther King’s killer.  There were pictures of Mohammed Ali, Martin Luther King, Andy Warhol, David Bowie and others, but the part I enjoyed the most were the photos taken by Schapiro on the sets of Taxi Driver and The Godfather.  I love De Niro and these pictures just make me love him more!  I sat for several minutes watching him in Taxi Driver and The Godfather, all part of the exhibit.

And of course, even if you are not into photography or art, go pay the fee to enjoy a cup of cappuccino with a biscotti admiring the priceless views of Stockholm from the café’s life size windows.  Do not rush this part.  Just sit in the comfortable couches and soak in Stockholm at its best.

The Gothenburg Museum of Art – An Introduction to Nordic Artists and Beyond

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone interested in art who has a few hours to see a collection of paintings and sculptures donated by the people of Gothenburg.

What?   The Gothenburg Museum of Art located in the heart of the city.

How?  Take a tram or bus to the museum.  Details are provided below.

Stop: Götaplatsen, Valand/Avenyn.

Tram: 3, 7, 10

Bus: 18, 42, 58 & 158

Buy the museum pass for 40 Kroner and you will have access to 5 local museums for a whole year.  Admission is free to those 25 years of age or younger.  It is also good to have a 5 Kroner coin handy to stash away your bags in a locker.

Why?  We love visiting art museums in every city that we visit.  It gives us exposure to artists we have not heard of and gives us a chance to sample their work.  The Gothenburg Museum of Art has a Nordic focus, but houses older Dutch and French art as well.  Right now they also have a special exhibit entitled “Surrounding Bacon and Warhol”, featuring the work of two artists who worked at completely different creativity angles in the same time period.  The special exhibit costs an extra 60 Kroners.  Besides some very familiar pieces such as Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe and Bacon’s tribute to Van Gogh, the exhibit features work that ranges across the creativity spectrum of these two artists.

While there are many many paintings from a multitude of Nordic artists, what really caught my attention were two sculptures.  The first was a huge sculpture of a pole dancer created in styrofoam and cast in plaster and another of a young boy who from the front looks like he is innocently peering across his desk and yet a closer look from the back reveals a crashed head.

PS.   This museum has three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Scandinavia.

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