I don’t have a clue what has happen to our winter ?????!!!! December has been so mild – we had an extreme storm that cost material damage, injuries to nature and cost of lives – all in the name of “Sven” – when he left us we got 24hrs winter with hail, snow and chill. But after that nothing.
It’s like Spring in the air and that is no good for anyone, except for the council that don’t have to pay deep and dearly for snow removal. Winter should be winter.
It’s grey, dull and wet day after day and no white Christmas in sight for us here in the lower part of Sweden. Somebody has said that golfing has a bigger chance than skiing.
Last week was it time for my friend Iris and I to have our monthly “girly” day out and she came up with the idea to visit “ARKEN” in Ishøj, Denmark, To get some color splashes into our grey days.
My first visit to “ARKEN”, Museum for Modern Art – and niether had I heard about it before. It’s situated South of Copenhagen just on the sand dunes by Öresund water edge, just out in nowhere, about 20 min walk from Ishøj’s station- there is a bus connection between station and museum every 30 min. We walked there and took the bus back.
This aerial photo of the museum is not mine (thanks to pleasure-borsen.dk) – but I use it to show what a wonderful spot the museum is situated at.
ARKEN, Museum for Moderne Kunst (web site in English)
2635 Ishøj, Denmark
Adults: DKK 95/€13/£11/$17.50/115SEK
Students: DKK 75.*/€10/£8.40/$13.75/91SEK
Children (0-17): Free
Groups (min. 10): DKK 80/€10.75/£9/$14.70/96.50SEK
Members club: Free
Iris is a big fan of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Totally new to me.
“Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is an outstanding artist and a passionate power woman. Strong and independent, she is an inspirational role model. The exhibition offers a look at Kahlo’s oeuvre through a number of her most iconic self-portraits, drawings, pages from her diary as well as jewelry and dresses from her time. The works reflect her tragic life, embracing a horrible traffic accident and countless surgeries, tormented love for the artist Diego Rivera, affairs with both men and women, miscarriages and childlessness, as well as political activism.” (text; arken.dk)
Frida was involved in a car accident in 1954 and had severe injuries to her spine and uterus and it was then she started painting laying in her bed most of her time – it took years before she were able to walk again and of course those tormented years shows in her art.
I liked a few of her painting, the most interesting and impressive was made by her husband, Diego Rivera.
There was so much more interesting and wonderful art at the museum, so my little camera was busy.
Also a small, but stunningly beautiful exhibition by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (born 1957) -Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads from 2010. The work represents the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. As calendar signs, these animals have wide-ranging influence on everyday life in China.
In 2011 Ai was arrested and held without trial for 81 days. Today, he is still not free to leave his country.
By the way I’m born in the year of the Rat.
Of course there was time for some food too – the café’s menu was a bit strange and of course so close to Christmas it was influenced by Danish Christmas dishes, so we went for a plate with pickled herring with some freshly home baked bread and it was absolutely delicious.
It took me in total 2 hrs from Landskrona to get to Arken and we had to change train at Copenhagen Central Station, but didn’t have to wait long for connecting train. All worth – it really put some color into my weeks of grey dull days.
Between two trains at Copenhagen Central Station on our way back home I had time to buy probably the the best cake in the world; a potatoes cake (Dansih; katoffelkage) – a treat by the kitchen table 2 hrs later.
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism
that the world has known.”
As cloud hanging over this post I have chosen Phillip Grass “Escape From Time” – because that was really what my day was all about.