Götaplatsen & Art Museum, Göteborg
This is where Avenyn ends.
It is a gathering place for many of the larger events in Gothenburg. When Gothenburg's ice hockey team, Frölunda Indians, won the national championship 2003, 30.000 fans gathered here to celebrate the gold. But demonstrations, concerts and all kinds of larger gatherings are common here as well.
At Götaplatsen, you will also find the art museum, the Gothenburg City Library and the Gothenburg City Theatre. All and all it's a pretty cultural place.
It's is also a great meeting place, and a good place to rest. Go up the stairs to the art museum, sit down and watch Avenyn bustling below.
Götaplatsen is also home to Poseidon, or rather the statue of Poseidon, often seen on postcards from our fair city.
Directions: At the top of Avenyn
This is the Goteburg Art Museum in Gotaplatsen which also contains the Hasselblad Centre [photography exhibits] and the Goteburg Art Hall next door which is free entry. Entry to the art museum is about 40 SEK if I remember correctly..
Its got a large collection including quite a lot of nordic artists which was interesting to see. I have to say I really liked the works of Carl Larsson although I don't remember many of the other names! Of course there are also works by the likes of Degas, Rembrandt, Picasso, George Braque and others. There is also a large sculpture hall on the 3rd floor.
Directions: bus #s 40, 41, 58 & 140
Röhss Museum is a design and crafts museum with both temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection. It has fine collections of textiles, ceramics and silverwork, as well as works from Japan and China. The two lions in front of the museum are Chinese marble lions from the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644).
Address: Vasagatan 37 - 39
One of the cities most well known squares and home to the Goteburg Art museum [at the back of this picture], Art Hall, Hasselblad Photography centre, the Concert Hall and the City Theatre.
Dominating the square, which was built for the World expo in 1923, is this huge statue of Poseidon by Carl Milles, one of Goteburgs most famous symbols
Directions: Bus: #s 40, 41, 58 & 140 to Gotaplatsen
With pleny of our own gods to choose from, Mighty Tor, all-knowing Oden, deceiveful Loke and so on and so forth, why put up a big statue of the greek god Poseidon as a symbol of the city?
Well, he is the god of the sea, and the sea has always been a huge part of Gothenburgs soul. And since it is almost always present on pictures and postcards from Gothenburg it has become a real symbol of Gothenburg.
I remember a song from school about why Poseidon was cursed with such unfortunate proportions with regard to *a wink is as good as a nudge to a blind man, eh? Say no more, say no more*. I remember that the answer to the mystery must be all the cold water washing over him all the time. Maby if someone heats up the water in the fountain...?
I've no idea what this painting is meant to represent or who painted it but I really like it anyway!!
Obviously photography is permitted in the museum - with flash too but no tripods.
I was disappointed to discover that I seem to have been in Goteburg the one week of the year when the Hasselblad centre had no exhibit as I really love seeing photography exhibits! :( The Art Hall next door has exhibits of modern and contemporary art although there wasn't much happening in there either when I visited!
At the top of Kungsportsavenyn, the parade street of Gothenburg, you'll find Götaplatsen, a huge square with the statue of Poseidon in the middle. To the right of Götaplatsen is the Concert Hall where there are new concerts going on about every day.
The biggest hall (Stora salen) is among the best concert halls in the world, with an incredible acoustics.
Well, at least the home page of the Concert Hall says so. I couldn't tell if it's good or bad even if my life was in the balance... ;)
The Concert Hall was built back in 1935, but went through major restoration during the 1990s. Stora salen accomondates 1247 spectators, while the smaller hall "Stenhammarsalen" can hold 390 persons.
The lobby is huge, and there are also a lot of events held there. It's famous for its frescos by famous swedish artists.
One of the funniest things about this place is that you can hire it for a day. To host a huge party, a conference, or even a birthday party for your kids.
And if you want the famous symphony orchestra of Gothenburg is included in the deal, and play a concert for you.
I have no idea about how much it would cost to hire it, but I'm quite sure it's not anything I have in my left pocket right now...
But admit it would be fun to do!
The home page of the Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Hall is great, full of info about where and how to get tickets, the program and all the info you need for your kids next birthday party... :)
There is also a bar where you can have something to eat and drink in between the concerts. There is also a music shop where you can buy the cds from the concerts.
Directions: On the top of Kungsportsavenyn, to the right of the Poseidon statue.
Phone: +46 (0)31-726 53 10
One of the most famous art museums in Sweden with several gems. The museum is housed in the huge, classical building on top of Avenyn at Götaplatsen, a well known fact in itself and completed by having the equally famous Poseidon fountain outside - see local tip. Next to it is the Art Hall with all sorts of temporary exhibitions and the Hasselblad photographic centre (since Hasselblads were originally made in Göteborg).
Directions: Impossible to miss.
An often overlooked museum, Sweden's only pure design museum has glass, textiles and such art. Often has interesting exhibitions on arty things we take for granted around us. Amongst the permanent exhibitions is one on Chinese design, an 18th century furniture one and the museum history of design in modern times. There are also things on industrial design.
Directions: Just by "Valand" along Avenyn.
This statue is a well known siluette of Gothenburg. It is just at the top of "Avenyn", the big avenue in Gothenburg full of shops and restaurants. The statue is generally known as "Kålle med torsken", which means Carl with the cod.
The statue is made in bronz by the famous Swedish artist Carl Milles and was inaugurated in 1931. The statue is also called “The revenge by Milles”. The reason for that is that if you stand on the stairs to the Art Hall, some intimate part of the statue is abnormally big. This is said to be done deliberate by Milles when some citizens in the city wanted to censor the statue.
Directions: Central city
Götaplatsen is a public square in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the southern end of Kungsportsavenyn (The King's Gate Avenue), the city's main street. The square was inaugurated when Gothenburg held a major international industrial exhibition, 1923, celebrating the city's 300th anniversary.
The place got its name in 1914 but until 1923 it was rural country where the square is today. The square was designed by the two architects Sigfrid Ericson och Arvid Bjerke. Where the City Theatre is today was originally a big gate, which was the main entrance to the big exhibition in 1923. The gate was torn down in 1928.
Götaplatsen is Gothenburg's cultural hub, enclosed by the Gothenburg Concert Hall (were the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra resides), the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Gothenburg City Theatre and the City Library. At the centre of the square presides the Poseidon statue by Carl Milles - the statue has become one of the symbols of the city.
Address: On top of the Avenue
Directions: City central
Galleri Box is an artist run gallery with focus on young, contemporary art. They mainly show Swedish artists but also quite a few international artists. It's in the same area as 300 m2 and Galleri 54 and when they have an exhibition it is open Tuesday-Thursday 12-15 and Saturday-Sunday 12-4 pm.
Address: Kastellgatan 10
Directions: Galleri Box is very close to Husargatan and Kaserntorget. It's by the foot of Skansen Kronan.
Website: http://www.galleribox.seRelated to:
The Göteborgs Konsthall, the municipal art gallery is next door the the art museum at Götaplatsen. It shows national and international contempoary art and has 6-7 exhibitions a year. It's always free entrance and they always provide a text with an introduction to the exhibition.
There is also a very friendly staff who gladly discusses and explains more about the art as well as gives you imformation about other places where you can find contemporay art in Göteborg.
Address: At Götaplatsen
Directions: The end of the Kungsportsavenyn
Phone: +46-31 61 50 40
Website: http://www.konsthallen.goteborg.seRelated to:
If you are interested in contemporary art and are in Göteborg there are quite a few small galleries close to each other. The gallery 300 m3 have quite interesting exhibitions and sometimes artist talks. They show video installations, sound art etc. It's only open Thursday-Sunday though. Look at their webpage to see what's on. Close to this gallery you also find Galleri 54 and Box.
Address: Kastellgatan 22
Directions: Close to Husargatan and Linnéplatsen
Phone: +46 31 40 86 08
Website: http://www.300m3.com/Related to:
Great art gallery, much better than I thought it was going to be...website etc doesn't do it justice (couldn't get the english version to work). Quite large and a great impressionist/modern art collection and superb collection of Scandanavian art...a real eye-opener some of it. Two very good temporary exhibitions whilst we there. Good bookshop too. Allow yourself three hours...the bus stop to the airport is just outside, so maybe go there before the airport...they have lockers.
They need to shout about this place a lot more!