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Malmö Arts and Eats

December 3, 2015

A winter weekend in Malmö , Sweden

The quiet side of the now infamous Øresund Bridge, Malmö is a cosy haven of modern art, architectural history and cosy Scandinavian hospitality. Malmö is Sweden's third largest city just over the bridge from Denmark's Copenhagen . Herewith are our recommendations for a winter weekend away.

By Rachel Ang

Moderna Museet

A joyful, vividly orange perforated steel-skinned box set within John Smedberg’s charming 1901 red brick electricity plant, Moderna Museet opened its operable facade up the cobblestones of Gasverksgatan in 2008. Since then it’s rapidly gained a reputation as one of Europe’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art. On currently until February 2 2016 is Objects and Bodies at Rest and in Motion, an exhibition which focuses on a group of artists working in New York in the 1960s and 70s. These experimental artists were working at the intersection of painting and spatial practice, questioning what art might be, and how an artwork is created. Curator Magnus af Petersens brings together a stellar constellation of work, including artists Carl Andre, Agnes Martin, Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Bruce Naumann.

Moderna Museet Malmo


See Saw, Simone Fortis


FEW N°46, Franz Erhard Walther


Simone Forti, Slant Board


Malmö Konsthall

A visit to Konsthall is essential, if only to experience the beautiful 1975 building by architect Klas Anshelm, inspired by the Paris studio of the sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. On now until January 10, 2016 is a breathtaking retrospective of US performance and video artist Joan Jonas, entitled Light Time Tales. Born in New York in 1936, Jonas was one of the first female artists to explore and combine performance and film work. This exhibition comprises four large-scale multi-media installations, as well as a multitude of video works which fill the exhibition hall and give an insight into the dynamic, experimental and surreal world of Jonas’ artistic practice. Her playful repetition and combinations of her motifs – dogs, circles, loops and dance – left me entranced and inspired.

Malmo Konsthall

Malmö konsthall

Joan Jonas


Joan Jonas, Double Lunar Rabbits, 2010


Malmö Konstmuseum

Konstmuseum is located within Malmöhus, an incredible structure and Scandinavia’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle. First built by Eric of Pomerania in 1434, it was reconstructed in the mid 16th century by King Christian III, repurposed as a prison in 1822, and finally transformed into a museum by architect Carl Axel Stoltz in 1932.

On now until January 17, 2016 is Rainbow in the Dark – about faith joy and pain, one of the most interesting, pertinent and courageous exhibitions I’ve had the pleasure of viewing in recent years. Curated by Galit Eilat and Sebastian Cichocki, the exhibition looks at religion, ritual and mysticism in our so-called post-secular age, tensions between religious and secular groups and organisations. The exhibition comprises paintings, photography, video, sculpture and installations, sometimes in strange tensions with one another.

A stand-out piece is Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle’s powerful 21 minute film, The Goodness Regime (2013). The film investigates the ideology and self-image of modern Norway – from the Crusades, via the adventures of Fridtjof Nansen and the trauma of wartime occupation, to the diplomatic theatre of the Oslo Peace Accords – enacted by a cast of children in both Norway and Palestine.

Malmo Konstmusuem


Jumana Manna Sille Storihle


Lene Alder Petersen & Bjorn Norgaard


Slavsandtatars Mother Tongues And Father Throats


Wael Shawky


David’s Patisserie

You’ll have worked up an appetite after all this castle-hopping and art-viewing, but fear not – you can find Malmö’s best patisserie in the historic St Gertrude district – so named after a chapel which stood there before the Reformation. Award-winning and rightly so, they offer French pastries, excellent coffee and light lunches in heritage-listed surrounds.

Davids Patisserie


A Slice of Swedish Hospitality

Perhaps the most authentic way to experience Swedish culture is to be invited into a local’s home for a traditional meal. A Slice of Swedish Hospitality is a network of households in the Skåne region who welcome visitors into their homes for lunch, dinner or fika, an afternoon meal consisting of coffee or tea accompanied by something sweet. This is a unique opportunity to experience Swedish cuisine, culture and people, exemplifying what makes life in Scandinavia so sweet.


Malmö Arts and Eats

Moderna Museet Malmö
Malmö Caroli, Ola Billgrens plats 2-4, 211 29 Malmö, Sweden
+46 40-685 79 37
Please note: closed on Mondays.

Malmö Konsthall
Johannesgatan 7, SE-205 80 Malmö, Sweden
+46 40-34 12 86
Open everyday, and until 9 PM on Wednesdays.

Malmö Konstmuseum
Malmöhusvägen 6, 201 24 Malmö, Sweden–fritid/Kultur–noje/Konst–design/Malmo-Konstmuseum/Utstallningar/Rainbow-in-the-Dark.html
+46 40-34 10 00
Open everyday.

David’s Patisserie
East Street 7b, 211 25 Malmö, Sweden
+46 40-630 80 80
Please note: closed on Sundays.

A Slice of Swedish Hospitality
Price: Lunch 350 SEK/person, Fika 150 SEK/person and Supper 550 SEK for adults and 350 SEK for kids.
Children 0-4 years old for free.

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