From Swedish Neo-Classicism To Goldsmiths

Inspired by French Art-Deco, Swedish neo-classicism was the biggest influence of the Scandinavian art. The Victoria and Albert Museum had a temporary Swedish Pavilion that englobed the artistic period with architecture designed by Carl Bergstein, decorations by Ivar Johnsson and neo-Greek furniture by Erik Gunnar Asplund. The pavilion carried onto the Grand Palais, where scenes hand-drawn by Edward Hald showed the contemporary view of Sweden.

However, Sweden is also musical and scholars of the Anglo-Swedish Society are given their space to perform for high-end audiences (yes, dress code is suit & tie). Dagmar Zeromska, Oskar Palmblad, Johan Hugosson and Tim Hansson Meng will be performing at the Mansion House later this September with their classical ensemble. The latter, Hansson Meng, is a Swedish viola player who is currently doing his third year Bachelor of Music course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has stood out amongst his fellow classmates.

Keeping in class with music, Anne Sofie von Otter is another prime singer from Sweden who will be performing - in company of pianist Julius Drake and a leading British actor (TBA) - a selection of the best Shakespeare works.

Art Happens with Gold Too

Straying away from all things classical, modern gold and silver jewels are also a fine Swedish art. In fact, the country will be present at the Goldsmith’s Fair in London where Caroline de Guitaut will be giving a presentation of the “Royal Jewels” and Anglo-Swedish Society scholar, Zhou Lu will be giving attendees a personalised tour.