{Sweden} Mini Art Marathon in Gothenburg

April 29, 2016


100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.24, 25, 26 & 27

During our family holiday in Gothenburg, we’d steadily worked our way through the list of museums recommended as particularly suitable for children, either because they had exhibitions specifically aimed at children – such as the Världskulturmuseet, the Stadsmuseum, or the Sjöfartsmuseet – or because of the subject matter: natural history museums are always a winner with kids! I was a little sad not to see any art museums on the various lists we had consulted before our trip, but that didn’t mean we were going to leave out art. So, on our last day, we decided to check out Götbeorgs Konstmuseum, which we had walked past almost every day on our way in to town and back again. We discovered there were two other art museums connected to it, as all three share the same building complex, and when we took a break to have lunch in town we passed another we decided to check out, so we ended up having a bit of a mini art marathon.

No.24 – Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden

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The Hasselblad Center exhibition hall is actually located within the Göteborgs Konstmuseum building. We had to walk through it to reach the lift that would take us up to the Konstmuseum galleries we wanted to see. So I guess, in a way it’s cheating a little to count this as a separate museum visit, but we did stop to look at the Annika von Hausswolff exhibition.

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The Hasselblad Center is open Tuesdays to Sundays (open on Mondays in June – August only). Details on opening times and admission prices can be found on the museum’s website.

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No.25 – Göteborgs Konstmuseum

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So, the main destination of our art day was Göteborgs Konstmuseum, or Gothenburg Museum of Art. The museum houses collections from the 15th century to today, and whilst it has a Nordic emphasis, including one of the leading collections of Nordic art from the turn of the 19th century, you will also find art from other well known European artists, such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Picasso and Monet.

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The Fürstenberg Gallery on the top floor, presented in a 19th century setting (see above), was perfect for rolling out some of our ‘games to play in an art museum’ repertoire. #MuseumBoy’s favourite is the ‘Animal Game’, where we see how many different kinds of animals we can find in a gallery or exhibition. We found a horse, a dog, a lion and a peacock in the first room alone! Another favourite game, is picking a painting you would like to hang up at home. I have to admit, I was a little surprised by #MuseumBoy’s choice, considering all there was on offer. His favourite painting was Richard Bergh’s Nordic Summer Evening. He said the lake and trees looked nice, and the woman and the man reminded him of mummy and daddy. Bless.

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In one of the other galleries, we also played a round of ‘copy the statues’, and on a side note, I was really thrilled to see some paintings by my favourite artists, Carl Larsson, ‘in real life’, including the portrait of his two sons Ulf and Pontus.

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Götborgs Konstmuseum is open Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays). Exact opening times can be found on the museum’s website. Admission is free for under 25s, and it is only 40 SEK (just over 4 Euros) per adult, which actually gets you an annual pass valid not only here but also in four other museums in Gothenburg. Be aware that this only includes the permanent exhibitions, with additional fees for special exhibitions.

No.26 – Röhsska Museet

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The Röhsska Museet was the last museum included in our 5-in-1 annual museum pass, which is reason we decided to pop in to it. That, and the fact it was really near the other art museums. It’s a museum focused on design, fashion and applied arts, with over 50,000 objects in its collection. Two floors of the museum were closed for major refurbishment (due to re-open in 2016/17), but we still managed to see the beautiful silver and gold objects in the Falk Simon Silver Collection – including a series of spectacular drinking vessels which #MuseumBoy had fun trying to figure out how you would drink from them – and the fantastic permanent exhibition ‘Röhsska Museum´s Design History’, which shows objects from the beginning of the 19th century up until today’s high tech focused society. The exhibition spans five rooms – each in a different colour – and presents a range of interior settings showcasing a selection of furniture, textiles, glass and ceramics, posters and much more from across the museum’s collections.

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We also briefly checked out the temporary exhibition of Lisa Larson ceramics, one of Sweden’s best-loved ceramic artists, where we had ample opportunity to play our animal game (see Konstmuseum above). Though #MuseumBoy loved the car and plane ceramics the best. Of course.

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No.27 – Göteborgs Konsthall

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We finished our little art museum marathon at Götborgs Konsthall, a centre for contemporary art. It was erected in 1923 in conjunction with the 300 year anniversary of Göteborg as a city. During our visit, it was showing the exhibition ‘MAGNUS BÄRTÅS The Strangest Stranger and Other Stories’, which included an installation of hundreds of portraits that had been transferred from newspaper via molten wax, as well as a series of embroidered words. There was a quiz for kids (which one of the staff kindly translated in to English for us) which #MuseumBoy enjoyed, and ‘won’ a badge for at the end, and a crafts area to make your own paper version of the embroidery.

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Götborgs Konsthall is open Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays). Up to date opening times can be found on the museum’s website. Admission is free.

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