Konst in and under Stockholm

Venue: Stockholm metro and Fotografiska museum, Sweden

Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4

Music: Depeche Mode – Enjoy the silence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSKrC7dGcY)

The next place I visited this fall was Sweden and one the main sights I was eager to see in Stockholm was the famous metro system, which is one of the cheapest and biggest modern art (or “konst” in Swedesh) museums in the world. In particular the blue “tunnelbana” line, built quite recently, hosts some jaw-dropping sights that I tried to capture. My photos are unfortunately limited to only several stations as the station-hopping turned out to be quite time-consuming and there were plenty of other things to do in Stockholm. On the plus side I had time to visit the Fotografiska museaum so I’ll also show you a few photos of other much more famous and crafty photos exhibited there. The metro and the photo museum sum up my Swedish art exploration, but there are plenty of other photos from Sweden that I promise to show you soon.

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First stop on the metro: Radhuset station, under the Stockholm city hall.
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And this is what you’ll see if you try to exit the Radhuset station and take the elevators upwards. But exiting would be a mistake as there are plenty of other stations to visit first!
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The next noteworthy station on the way was Solna centrum, depicting rural life in Sweden with forests and wild animals and whatnot..
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..and the elevators at Solna centrum are also quite amazing, probably one feels like descending to Hell when taking them down.
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The next stop of Vastra skogen was less scary and the little Guinny and his friend Moewe could be taken out for a stroll.
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A shot from the moving train overlooking the Duvbo station (or was it Sundbybergs, hard to tell now) with the world map.
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The last stop of the mini metro tour was Tensta, which was probably the most amazing one of all, with cave-like paintings like the one here, penguins (see the photo on the top), and peace-messages all over the place.
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Some octopus-like creatures and more peace messages on the far wall written in dozens of different world languages.
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Part of a huge wall-painting with “amore” (love in Italian) and “esperanza” (hope in Spanish) together with the “солидарность” (solidarity in Russian) sign.
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Going above the ground and into the Fotografiska museum, where the main exposition showed the photos of Anton Corbijn. He is probably the top music photographer of our days, having worked with most of the big names in the music scene. Here is an iconic photo of David Bowie.
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And here a collection of the Rolling Stones.
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Apart from the amazing photos you see, Corbijn also made some movies and directed many music videos, including the one of Depeche Mode in the link above.
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The photo museum also has a beautiful cafe with a great view towards the somewhat misty islands of Stockholm.
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But even the cafe is full of photos and has a very artsy feel.
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The other expositions featured some more black and white photos of people in Italy..
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..and some jeans commercials! Yes, this is a part of an advertisement campaign showing that even people in North Korea wear jeans. And a good place to end the post, bringing you from Sweden to North Korea.
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39 thoughts on “Konst in and under Stockholm

  1. How beautiful!! I couldn’t have imagined seeing such beautiful art… let alone in a subway! 😲
    I’m from Chicago… I’m used to a subway that assaults my eyes with ads and graffiti, my nose with horrible smells and ears with rude language….
    I’d make a day of it on this one!!

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  2. This tour of the subway system makes me regret that we never made it to Stockholm. I love discovering art installations in unexpected places. The first photos is an absolute WOW! I noticed the artwork on the walls immediately …. especially the little birds. Puffins, maybe?

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