Top 10 Event & Exhibition Picks: Autumn 2015

Our round-up of the best seasonal exhibitions and autumn events in Stockholm.

We’ve certainly begun to feel that chilly nip in the air which means autumn is in full bloom and life is moving back indoors for the rest of the year. In a sense, Stockholmers will begin hibernating until spring rolls around again. This means tons of great exhibitions and Autumn events in Stockholm as well as other indoor activities which you can check out as the days grow darker. Here are some of the top art events and exhibitions going on right now in town.

You can also check our What’s On page for more up-to-date events and activities to enjoy.

Francesca Woodman | © George och Betty Woodman

Francesca Woodman | © George och Betty Woodman

“On Being an Angel” by Francesca Woodman

An exhibition by the late American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958–1981) which explores the issues of gender, representation, sexuality and the female body through photography. Using herself and friends as models, her surrealist work weaves in settings such as dilapidated buildings, reflective surfaces like mirrors, and interior décor. The collection – On Being an Angel – is presented through 102 photographs and one video and is on display at Moderna Museet.

Runs through December 6, 2015

© All rights reserved - Martin Schoeller

© All rights reserved – Martin Schoeller

“Up Close” by Martin Schoeller

At Stockholm’s darling of museums, Fotografiska, you’ll find arresting close up portraits of celebrities and other famous people shot by world renown portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. From iconic close ups of Sweden’s own football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, US President Barack Obama, and Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pop icons like Katy Perry and Jay-Z, and a hair-raising portrait of actor Christian Bale covered in blood.

Runs through February 7, 2016

© Höstsalongen 2015

© Höstsalongen 2015

Höstsalongen 2015

Also at Fotografiska is the annual Höstsalongen (Autumn Salon), the largest juried exhibition spotlighting both amateur and professional Swedish photographers. Over 2,300 photographers applied to have their work selected and only 24 made the tough cut.

Runs through November 22, 2015

Ingrid Bergman. From the film, Joan of Arc 1948.

Ingrid Bergman. From the film, Joan of Arc 1948.

The Rise And Fall Of Ingrid Bergman. And Rise

Ranked as one of the top five actresses to ever grace the big screen by the American Film Institute, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman is the subject of a photography exhibition at Millesgården to commemorate her birth. She would have been 100 years old this year. The exhibition includes 60 photographs, prints, and films from photographers Robert Capa and Lennart Nilsson alongside other photographers and American artist Andy Warhol.

Runs through January 26, 2016

Cropped - Sculptures by Auguste Rodin

Cropped – Sculptures by Auguste Rodin


The National Museum  is running a special exhibit dedicated to legendary French sculptor Auguste Rodin who revolutionized the art form in the late 19th to early 20th centuries including iconic sculptures like The Thinker and The Kiss. Fifty of his artworks are on display in addition to other interactive pieces exploring his process in depth.

Runs through January 10, 2016               



If you’ve got kids in tow, they’ll absolutely love MegaMind – an interactive space dedicated to training our brains to be more creative in coming up with cool solutions to problem solving. Currently at the National Museum of Science and Technology (Tekniska museet), kids (and adults) can paint with their eyes, make virtual sculptures, and create music just by using their power of thought.

Runs through July 2016 stockholmfilmfestival

Stockholm Film Festival

Always a popular favourite during autumn, the annual Stockholm Film Festival is back with the theme “Migration” which shines a spotlight on the ongoing refugee crisis. At this year’s Stockholm Film Festival, American actress Ellen Burstyn will be awarded the Stockholm Achievement Award for her lifetime contribution to film and cinema. The Stockholm Impact Award will also be awarded for the very first time with a prize of €106 000 (SEK 1 million) under world renown Chinese artist Ai Weiwei serving as the chairman of the jury.

Runs from November 11-22, 2015


Swan Lake

Dansmuseet has an exhibition dedicated to the iconic “ballet of all ballets”…The Russian ballet Swan Lake composed by Tchaikovsky in the 19th century and which premiered in London in 1934. The exhibition traces the history behind Swan Lake, its creation and its evolution through the modern age.

Runs through January 6, 2016


Anrealage, ensemble, WIDESHORTSLIMLONG, Autumn/Winter 2010.

Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward

Fashionistas might appreciate the current exhibition at Liljevalchs which focuses on cutting-edge imaginative and futuristic fashion. Several Swedish and international designers were commissioned to put together this eccentric collection of garments with over 200 objects, images, and videos.

Runs through February 7, 2016


Sex & the Sea

Just how raunchy were sailors and their lives at sea? The latest exhibition at the Maritime Museum called Sex & the Sea is all about exploring seafarers’ sexuality and is also a compilation of interviews with actual sailors. There are films and artefacts through which visitors can explore various fantasies and myths surrounding life lived on the seas. Not recommended for visitors under 15 years of age.

Runs until April 3, 2016

You can also check out other annual winter festivals and events happening around town in addition to our What’s On page. Heading to Berlin this autumn? Check out our sister site, Slow Travel Berlin, and their own list of Top 10 Event & Exhibition Picks: Autumn 2015.


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Author: Lola A. Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning writer, photographer, and travel blogger, and is also the Founder/Editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. She tweets at @LolaAkinmade.

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