Monday, October 19, 2009

Nietzsche Death Mask

Johan and Anna took us to the Thielska Galleriet - a quirky formerly private art collection purchased by the Swedish state from a bankrupt banker.
This was some kind of award or trophy, but I wasn't able to figure out what it might have been for.

Apparently, the banker was a big fan of Nietzsche - this is a death mask of the philosopher. It's in the middle of a room full of Munch drawings and prints with a beautiful view of the Stockholm archipelago.


No wifi at the bagariet.

We took Georgia to our favorite bakery - Tösse for a fika. Free refills on coffee = no sleep at night.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Some buildings on Bellmansgatan - a great quirky, twisty cobblestone street in Södermalm.

Newspaper Offices

Dagens Nyheter is the main Swedish newspaper.

Wine Bar

Wine bar in Gamla Stan with giant "cork" stools.

Antiquarian Book Fair

Over the weekend, we went to the Antiquarian book fair, which was held at the Academy of Arts. There were so many beautiful and amazing books, from cool 70s paperbacks to ancient scientific treatises. Lots of awesome covers and illustrations.

Judging by the Covers

"Swedish National Costume"

The older books get, the more adorable.
Tove Jansson is the writer of the "Moomin" books, beloved by all Scandinavian children.

The Fantastical

If only the twentieth century had turned out so well!
Really charming drawing.
I can't even begin to explain.
I love this illustration.

Newspapers, Theories, Old Cigarettes.

Swedes really do love their coffee.
1st edition of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.
A half-smoked pack of cigarettes that once belonged to the author Gunnar Ekelöf, whom we had never heard of.
"The Spiral" presumably a charming avante-garde art newsletter from long ago.
Perhaps not as famous as Les Ballets Russes.

Something For Everyone

Social Art.
Light Reading.
"Stockholm Love"

Just in case anyone doubted that Sweden is populated by small but friendly elves and gnomes.

Books to Furnish Our Rooms

First editions of the Pippi Longstocking books.
Willing finds a book that really speaks to him.
Nice book to read on the subway?

The Kinds of Books We Like

Antiquarian Book Fair at Stockholm's Konstakademien