27 September 2012

There’s a new modern museum in town called Artipelag. Correction: there’s a new museum in the archipelago which is just a hop, skip and jump out of town. It’s located in the Stockholm archipelago, (directions here.) We visited it in August and completed our exploration with a Sunday afternoon, pre-requisite, “Fika*.” Artipelag opened in June and was founded by Björn Jakobson** who is the creator of Baby Björn, who envisions this museum to be a “destination of high international quality – with boundary-crossing art exhibits, inspiring activities, and good food.” This Papa Bear has created one dreamy lair!



photo: artipelag The exhibits are ambitious (current schedule, click here.) Their spaces are airy and are contained by floor to ceiling windows which over look the Stockholm Archipelago. Sculptures and setting, along the boardwalk, built our expectations and set the tone well as we meandered up to the main building. Thoughtful architectural planning uses Swedish nature as art, in both the setting and literally: see the jutting, natural, granite boulder ,below, which is a part of the cafe.




Artipelag is accessible “from everywhere,” complete with baby buggy parking and a pier for private docking which is also a ferry stop. The entire area is worth a trip on it’s own. Blueberries and Lingon berries grow in abandon along the sea shore which is encapsulated by a lengthy boardwalk. And, if all of this builds up an appetite, visit the cafe or restaurant.We can almost call this our neighborhood. You can see the shores of our area across the water, in the photo below. It’s within 10 minutes from our house. “Stor tack***,” Bjorn!



Swedish to English Translations:

*Björn = Bear
***Stor Tack = Big thanks
** Ficka = coffee break
* “Fika” is the Swedish word for coffee break.
My husband just returned from working in NYC and has reported back that the word “Fika” has been entering New York vocabulary. Is this true or is he telling a Swedish tall tale? Have you heard the word before?
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