One of the unexpected surprises of Stockholm was Magasin III. As mentioned before, the refurbished warehouse has been host to many contemporary art exhibitions since 1987.
The artworks here are either produced by collaborations with the artists or acquired independently. A long-time collaborator, artist Tony Oursler’s video and conceptual art are some of highlights of the exhibition.
Stockholm was the first stop of my four-day cruise with St. Peter Line. I only had less than 24 hours to explore as we docked at 9:00 AM and the ship is expected to leave at 6:00PM. With the given time, I still wanted to get to know the city whilst sticking to my budget (Iceland did kill my wallet after all).
Here are some of the activities I managed to do in 9 hours:
Explore the artistic Stockholm subway stations
Stockholm has the longest art gallery in the world in the form of its subway stations. The story behind these murals, sculptures and painting will only make you appreciate the art more. Some of the striking murals are in the main hubs but there are also some quirky ones in further stations. I recommend getting the SL pass since you can use this to travel in busses and ferries.
SL Travel card (24 hours) : 120 SEK or $14 USD
In all the destinations I visited last year, Stockholm was the one I’m least familiar with. I did know about fika, Abba and the Vasa ship. Overall, I only had vague notion of the city’s culture. My first objective today is to check out Stockholm subway stations.
Similar to its Scandinavian neighbours, Stockholm is a bustling city. Lively and trendy districts coexist with traditional, heritage sites.
As I only had less than a day to spend, it would not be enough. But hey, as long as there is time, every visit is worth it.
The first activity I did was to do a “subway surf”. You would consider the usual subway as bleak or uninteresting. A subway might not be your first destination to go to when you want to see art. In Stockholm, their subway or tunnelbana is an art gallery. They are filled with murals, sculptures and installations. I don’t think you’ll be bored while waiting for your train.
Here are some of my favourite stops during the day.