Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Baltic Exhibition

I do not remember exactly for which reason I have become interested in the Baltic Exhibition which was held in Malmö 1914. Possibly, because the period of time in which it happened is very much connected with our house.
Since I started to spot few related items to the Baltic Exhibition, we have found out that this is a red thread in my "historical" research on Åkarp and more.

Last year it was a 100 years jubileum for it and in Malmö few exhibitions were prepared. During the summer, we manage to go to Malmö Konstmuseum, where we have been watching a short movie and started to understand a bit what this was really all about. Among the paintings, some Carl Larsson that I could have easily been bringing home... :)

For a "small" town as Malmö, this was an event that should have been making the town shine - and it did, for how long it last, since the shadow of the First World War was just behind the scenes ready to take over.
This was very well explained in another exhibition, same building but different (Sommarsol och mörka moln, Malmö 1914, summer sun and dark clouds, Malmö 1914), where we also got fascinated by the fact that they built in what today is Pildammparken the most amazing buildings and, since labour was cheap, they didn't mind to remove them as soon as they were done.
During our visit, we didn't have really the opportunity to deepen our interest on the subject, since Isabella and Oscar were accompanying us and, especially she, didn't appreciate the visit.

Among the several other events and arrangements organized, which we have also discovered too late (and with the ocean of free time we have, we would surely anyway have missed them), we have visited the one related to the national costume,Baltiska utställningen-Nationaldräktsaffären. The exhibition was very small, but quite interesting.

Bo Malmgren's collection on items from the Baltic Exhibition

A stiff lady miming a amost stiff lady at the exhibition. Raffinated clothes, but maybe a bit boring?

The crown prinsess Margareta had her own pavilion. Of course, related to gardening

Map of the exhibition

Mattias is keeping a lecture
 It focused mainly on the fact that Charlotte Weibull's aunt had a pavilion at the exhibition. Charlotte Weibull is from Åkarp and is famous for her dolls and the national costumes shop she inherited in Malmö. Her aunt Ingrid started up first that shop and that's why she was at the Baltic Exhibition.
Jugend details on the advertisement poster for the national costume shop.

National costumes and textile. The big texted textile that is hanging around the walls comes from the 1914 pavilion

On the left, the pavilion at the Baltic Exhibition
What will come next that is connected to the Baltic Exhibition and what we will manage to explore before the Jubileum will be officially over?
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