Had the best day the other day! The most colorful day of my life, probably. The morning was spent together with the creative superstar and blogger extraordinaire Anna María at the information breakfast for press for the exhibition “Colour Emotions” at the Hallwyl Museum! And in the evening I went to the opening. It was spectacular, really, and I thought I’d tell you all a little bit about my day + the creations. (Which were amazing, so keep reading.)
But first a little bit about the exhibition! It is part of Stockholm Design Week, and curated and created by the talented (and ever so colourful) interior artist Sara Garanty. It’s been a yearly thing for three years now, with different themes every year, but one thing in common: it’s colourful. Sara wants to promote the use of colours in a country which is otherwise characterized by a lot of grey skies and white interiors. (Sweden, if you didn’t guess.)
So she has curated this show of 10 female creators (herself included) that use colour in their work, and blends together art and design in all its forms in an exhibition that is really all about one thing – colour. The theme for this year was “Broken Illusions”, and all the artists/creators had interpreted this in their own way! But back to yesterday morning, where me and Anna María visited the Hallwyl Museum to learn more about this colourful world!
We were welcomed by the most amount of croissants I’ve ever seen! This all took place in the old kitchen in the palace (the Hallwyl Museum is an old palace that the richest family in Sweden decided to build in the 1890s! with no limitations to the budget haha…) and there were random old things everywhere!
Sara introduced the exhibition and presented the artists (here the textile artist Malin Bobeck with an amazing jacket <3)! But before that we got a little lecture about the impact colour has on people (and rats haha) by Norwegian colour expert Dagny Thurmann-Moe! It was crazy interesting, and I wish I had been taking notes so that I could tell you more about it, but I might buy her book Farger til Folket and see if it refreshes my memory!
Got really excited to surround myself with colours though! Like apparently people get more stressed in these modern/white/grey environments! Didn’t know that! (Note to everyone who has seen Skam: she did say we “trenger” colour, and all I could think was “kroppen din trenger potet”. “Trenger” is one of my new favourite words in the world.)
And then it was time for performance by ÄrlighetsÄrarna.And then we went outside to the little wooden “house” which contained the exhibition. It’s placed in the middle of the inner courtyard of the palace. The house interestingly lacks a “finish” on the outside – raw wood, visible construction and just very simple. Really interesting contrast to the objects inside it! (Which you’ll see in a sec, promise.)The first creator you came across during your journey through the house was Lisa Hilland. She’s an interior designer, who had interpreted her favourite colour red through a sea of red and pink tulips and a floating chair above it.
I want a sea of tulips at home!!
Next out was the ceramic artist Fanny Ollas. She had made different objects where she explored the colour pink, the ideas surrounding the “girly” aesthetic and celebrate it in a world where it has kind of a low status. Really interesting + important!Here’s a quote out of the pamphlet that I really like: “Pink is nowadays a very trendy color but it still seems the aesthetics of the “little girl” has a low status and that many people avoid it in fear of being marginalized. It is still controversial for boys to dress as girls and when we talk about being neutral, we often talk about a masculine coded style.” So true and depressing, but I’m glad she decided to take a stand up against that in this way!! Designer Hanna Werning had explored this pattern of squares cut into pieces in different ways!With everything from shelves to vases, blocks and stools. So cool!
Katarina Hornsö had made these paintings with different intuitive and fluid techniques! They’re so prettyyy. And then there was this amazing dark part of the house where Malin Bobeck had created a fantastic interactive textile light show experience magic thing. I can’t even describe it, it was just amazing. The walls were covered in gigantic fabrics that she had weaved fiber optics into. They were like colourful flowing light-oysters and it was just STUNNING. It was all controlled by a tufted ball in the middle that controlled the light when you touched it. It was so hard to take pictures of this so you get like ten of them, but it was SERENE. It really reminded me of one of Yayoi Kusamas Infinity Mirrored Rooms that I saw at Moderna Museet last year. Ugh, so good. Check out Malin’s website for more (and better) images of this room!
Fashion designer Maxjenny! had made beautiful colourful clothes!
Sara Garanty herself had made art from pieces of mirror as well as decorated a room inspired by all the creators from the show. This painting is by Katarina Hornsö! On a shelf in the room were these “mirror books” with photographs on them, made by photographer Mathilda Werngren. So pretty!
And those are the contents of the exhibition! I highly recommend you go! It’s at the Hallwyl Museum’s inner courtyard until 19/2 and it’s free!
Personally I went for a break after the breakfast and managed to sit at one café with Anna María for a while, meet another friend to study at another café later on and then deciding to return to the first one because it was calmer. And then it was time to go back for the opening of the show!
We waited for a while in the entrance to the palace. So pretty.
The entire place had been lit in a very dramatic manner!
There was a line to enter the exhibition house for the entire time we were there (for a little more than two hours). So cool! People like colours, apparently.
Sara had a little welcoming speech and Dagny about colours again!
And in the kitchen there were pretty flowers + cointreau fizz-drinks which we thought were bottles of soap the first time we saw someone holding them. (They had a little lid on them and were like tiny plastic bottles. I was so sure that lady was drinking soap!) I drank a kombucha/ginger drink though!
And then I came home to our house somewhere around ten, and fell asleep instantly. The next day I opened the poster we were given at the breakfast and decided to add it to my wall immediately. It’s Hanna Werning’s pattern, to the left of course. Goes well with Klimt, whales, Beedle the Bard, Magritte and Hokusai, I think.
SO that was my adventure at Colour Emotions! It was really spectacular all of it, and I’m so happy I got to go see it!
If you want to go see the exhibition you can find more information here. But all you need to know is Hallwyl Museum and until 19/2 really.