March 9, 2017

Susan Philipz at Bonniers Konsthall

The other day I took a swing by the contemporary art museum Bonniers Konsthall to check out the exhibition "Lost in Space" with Susan Philipz. Bonnier is a well known Swedish family, active in the publishing and media industries. The Konsthall is financed by a special foundation created by Jeanette Bonnier in 1985 (the museum itself opened in 2006).
Susan Philipz is a Scottish artist. Formerly a sculptor, her main art medium these days is sound... which is what she uses in this exhibition in the form of her voice and musical instruments. You can tell that she has a background in form as she utilizes the space to make the most of the sound, sometimes with startling results (I did jump at one point). Obviously these pictures don't capture the "sound" part of the exhibition, but it gives you an idea of the space. Last day for this exhibition is May 6th.
While I have to admit that I often find the exhibitions at Bonnier a little too contemporary for my personal tastes, the space itself is really cool, they have a great café, gift shop and library, and (most importantly) there is no admission. So, even if the art isn't always my cup of tea, I like dropping by when I am in the area, have a look around and a "fika". while soaking up some culture.
Bonniers Konsthall is located in the Vasastan neighbourhood. The best way to get there from the Rival Hotel is by subway. Take the green line from Slussen and disembark at the St Eriksplan station (exiting to St Eriksplan). An extra tip: there is another great art museum nearby called Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum... so you can spend a cultural afternoon in the area. Click here for more current art exhibits in Stockholm.

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