If you’re a fan of the arts and enjoy traveling through interesting and cultured European cities, then Malmö definitely deserves your attention. Malmö is home to over a dozen Michelin-Starred restaurants, some of the finest world-class accommodations, and the city itself is basically a work of art. The first thing you’ll likely notice upon entering the city is the Turning Torso skyscraper, which is pretty indicative that this isn’t your typical travel destination. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the spectacular artistic offerings that are waiting for you in Malmö!
We already mentioned the most obvious work of art in the city, which is the sleek and futuristic looking Turning Torso, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Malmö Rådhus, or city hall to the rest of us, is a gorgeously eccentric building that was transformed into its current Dutch-renaissance styling during the 1800s. The Emporia shopping mall on the other hand looks like it was pulled straight out of a really weird dream and warped into an even more twisted design than the Turning Torso. The city is literally packed with rich and diverse architecture from ancient cathedrals and castles, to some of the most stunning modern wonders we’ve ever seen.
Have no fear, the traditional art scene is alive and well, but first let’s discuss the unreal street art. The Graffitihus is a total transformation from the rundown complex that it used to be and is covered wall to wall in breathtaking graffiti. There are several large sculptural works throughout the city, such as Elva Hild’s Rubato, Yngve Lundell’s Optimistic Orchestra, Non-Violence by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, and so many more pieces. There’s even a giant lamp that travels throughout the city squares to encourage pedestrians to meet and strike up a conversation. Be sure to watch where you’re walking, because you might stumble across some of the beautiful creations by an artist known as Anonymous that keeps the city interesting for travelers of all sizes and species.
For those interested in the more traditional presentations, there’s a wealth of superb galleries throughout the city. GKM features both current and contemporary paintings, MAKERIET focuses on emergent artists from the region, and KRETS features international artists in a wide variety of mediums. If you’re interested in photography then you should definitely visit Breadfield, which is easily one of the finest photography galleries in Sweden. There are too many others to list, but there’s certainly something for everyone in this magical Swedish hideaway and you owe it to yourself to visit.