I Naturhistoriska riksmuseet

On 18th November 2018, I visited wonderful Swedish Museum of Natural History. I walked there through beautiful and autumnal Norra Djurgården. I saw there wonderful exhibition with numerous fascinating specimens of birds (and other animals), exhibitions concerning biodiversity, polar regions, evolution, geology and amazing multimedial exhibition ‘the Human Animal’. I was impressed by all of them. It was wonderful time which I spent there.

Collection of Axel Klinckowström

Exhibition ‘Diversity of Life’

Exhibition ‘Polar Regions’

Exhibition ‘Fossils and Evolution’

Exhibition ‘Swedish Nature’

Exhibition ‘Treasures from the Earth’s interior’

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I Stockholms tunnelbana

In November, I had possibility to visit gorgeous city Stockholm. I spent there fifteen wonderful days (9-23rd November 2018) analysing meaning of birds in the Viking Age. From 11 to 17 November I realised my short-term project entitled ‘Eggs and Bones: Bird Remains in Viking Age Cremation Graves from Sweden’ which was generously supported by the Viking Society for Northern Research. During one week (11-17 November 2018) I worked in Swedish History Museum and archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board where I analysed various artefacts and bird bones from Viking Age cremation graves as well reports from excavation on sites from Uppland and Södermanland on which were discovered burnt and unburnt bones of birds in funerary contexts. It was fantastic examine and describe captivating finds from the Viking Age. I would like to thank the Viking Society for Northern Research for for their generous financial support. From 19 to 22 November I studied reports from excavations concerning various Swedish Viking Age sites. In my free time I had also possibility to visit several fascinating museums and locations in Stockholm.

Metro stations in Stockholm are famous of their unique look. They are often called a underground gallery of art. During my stay in Stockholm, I had possibility to visit some of the most beautiful. More info concerning art in Stockholm metro are on a website of VisitStockholm.

In 2017 I taken photos on two underground stations. They are presented in the gallery ‘I Stockholm‘.

I Stockholms tunnelbana, 18.11.2018

Tekniska Högskolan

Östermalmstorg

I Stockholms tunnelbana, 19.11.2018

Stadion

I Stockholms tunnelbana, 22.11.2018

Kungsträdgården

Rådhuset

Rådhuset is definitely my favourite Stockholm underground station to photograph. I really like its dark red walls and dark floors.

T-Centralen

I Statens Historiska Museet igen

In November, I had possibility to visit gorgeous city Stockholm. I spent there fifteen wonderful days (9-23rd November 2018) analysing meaning of birds in the Viking Age. From 11 to 17 November I realised my short-term project entitled ‘Eggs and Bones: Bird Remains in Viking Age Cremation Graves from Sweden’ which was generously supported by the Viking Society for Northern Research. During one week (11-17 November 2018) I worked in the Swedish History Museum and archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board where I analysed various artefacts and bird bones from Viking Age cremation graves as well reports from excavation on sites from Uppland and Södermanland on which were discovered burnt and unburnt bones of birds in funerary contexts. It was fantastic examine and describe captivating finds from the Viking Age. I would like to thank the Viking Society for Northern Research for for their generous financial support. From 19 to 22 November I studied reports from excavations concerning various Swedish Viking Age sites. In my free time I had also possibility to visit several fascinating museums and locations in Stockholm.

During my stay in Stockholm I visited several times exhibitions in my favourite Swedish History Museum (11 November, 17 November, 21 November and 22 November 2018). I visited there mainly exhibition concerning Viking Age and Prehistory. However, on 22 November I decided to visit interesting and well designed exhibitions on history of Sweden, medieval period and reception of the past. I really like the last of the above mentioned exhibition on which is presented costume of valkyrie from Richard Wagner’s opera entitled ‘Die Walküre’ from ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ cycle. On this day I also visited fascinating exhibition concerning Viking Age. On it are presented artefact and bones from two graves which are crucial for my project concerning meaning of birds in Viking Age cremation rituals: mound named ‘Skopintull’ (Hovgården, Adelsö) and Grave 59:3 (Klinta, Öland).

Photos from my visits in the Swedish History Museum in 2017 are in the gallery ‘I Statens Historiska Museet‘.

In the Swedish History Museum, 11.11.2018

Viking Age

 

In the Swedish History Museum, 17.11.2018

Vendel Period

Viking Age

Mound 1 named ‘Skopintull’ (Hovården, Adelsö, Ekerö Municipality, Uppsala Country)

Mound 1 named ‘Skopintull’ was a very complex and rich double cremation grave in which were found numerous elaborate artefacts and animal bones (domesticated mammals, birds). It was located in Hovgården on isle named Adelsön (Uppland, Sweden). This fascinating grave is a very important in my research concerning meaning of birds in Viking Age mortuary practices. It is one of the several cremation graves in which were discovered several different species of birds and unburnt egg of a bird.

 

I Stockholms museerna igen

In November, I had possibility to visit gorgeous city Stockholm. I spent there fifteen wonderful days (9-23rd November 2018) analysing meaning of birds in the Viking Age. From 11 to 17 November I realised my short-term project entitled ‘Eggs and Bones: Bird Remains in Viking Age Cremation Graves from Sweden’ which was generously supported by the Viking Society for Northern Research. During one week (11-17 November 2018) I worked in Swedish History Museum and archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board where I analysed various artefacts and bird bones from Viking Age cremation graves as well reports from excavation on sites from Uppland and Södermanland on which were discovered burnt and unburnt bones of birds in funerary contexts. It was fantastic examine and describe captivating finds from the Viking Age. I would like to thank the Viking Society for Northern Research for for their generous financial support. From 19 to 22 November I studied reports from excavations concerning various Swedish Viking Age sites. In my free time I had also possibility to visit several fascinating museums and locations in Stockholm. On 10th November 2018 I visited the National Museum of Fine Arts and Nobel Museum.

In the National Museum of Fine Arts (Nationalmuseum)

In the National Museum of Fine Arts I saw there ‘Valkyrior ridande till strid, n.d.’ by Johan Gustaf Sandberg, small illustration ‘Prinsessan och trollen (En kväll vid midsommartid gingo de med Bianca Maria djupt in i skogen)’ manufactured by my favourite Swedish artist John Bauer, monumental painting ‘Midvinterblot’ by Carl Larsson and other wonderful artworks. Unfortunately painting ‘Tors strid med jättarna’ by Mårten Eskil Winge, which I really would like to see, was not presented in the exhibition. What is interesting in one room is located exhibition devoted to the various elaborate pots from 18th and 19th centuries. On it are also presented vessels covered with ornaments inspired by a Viking Age art and Icelandic sagas.

In the Nobel Museum (Nobelmuseet)

See also gallery ‘I Stockholms museerna‘ in which are presented photos which I took in museums in Stockholm in 2017.

I höstlig Stockholm

In November, I had possibility to visit gorgeous city Stockholm. I spent there fifteen wonderful days (9-23rd November 2018) analysing meaning of birds in the Viking Age. From 11 to 17 November I realised my short-term project entitled ‘Eggs and Bones: Bird Remains in Viking Age Cremation Graves from Sweden’ which was generously supported by the Viking Society for Northern Research. During one week (11-17 November 2018) I worked in Swedish History Museum and archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board where I analysed various artefacts and bird bones from Viking Age cremation graves as well reports from excavation on sites from Uppland and Södermanland on which were discovered burnt and unburnt bones of birds in funerary contexts. It was fantastic examine and describe captivating finds from the Viking Age. I would like to thank the Viking Society for Northern Research for for their generous financial support. From 19 to 22 November I studied reports from excavations concerning various Swedish Viking Age sites. In my free time I had also possibility to visit several fascinating museums and locations in Stockholm.

This was my second visit in Stockholm. Photos from my first ever visit in Stockholm and Sweden are presented in the gallery ‘I Stockholm‘.

Flight to Sweden, 9.11.2018

Day 2, 10.11.2018

On 10 November 2018 in foggy and rainy morning I visited two nice isles of Stockholm – Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen. I saw there harbours, neighbourhood of the Museum of Modern Art and gorgeous Kastellet. Later I went to the new opened National Museum of Fine Arts. Later afternoon I visited Gamla stan. It was cool and rainy then. I spent there nearly two hours walking narrow and colourful streets. Gamla stan is one of my favourite parts of Stockholm. I really like to walk and look at facades in warm colours.

Day 3, 11.11.2018

On 11 November 2018 I saw nice Stockholm City Hall. I found there captivating sculpture depicting imprisoned Loki. It is entitled ‘Lokes straff’ and was manufactured by artist Ida Matton. Later, I moved to the Swedish History Museum to study artefact from very rich equipped Viking Age cremation graves which are presented on exhibition concerning Viking Age.

Day 10, 18.11.2018

On this day I decided to visit Swedish Museum of Natural History. I walk there through Norra Djurgården – beautiful green area of Stockholm.

Day 11, 19.11.2018

On 19th November 2018 I visited several amazing underground stations. Later I photographed glass obelisk ‘Kristallvertikalaccent’ manufactured by Edvin Öhrström.

Day 14, 22.11.2018

22nd November 2018 was my penultimate day of my stay in Stockholm. On this day I photographed several interesting underground stations. Later I visited again gorgeous Gamla stan.

 

In the Silesian Zoological Garden

On 22 September I visited Silesian Zoological Garden with aim to see some birds from different parts of world. I was very happy that I had possibility to see several interesting species belonging to the Aves class.

Reptiles

Birds

Mammals

Abschied

On 31 August 2018, I left Kiel with a heavy heart. For me it was fantastic and a very fruitful stay. During my 431 research stay at Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology I found numerous information concerning Viking Age and human-animal relation in the past. It was wonderful and unforgettable time! I hope that I will have possibility to come back to Kiel in the nearest future.

In Botanical Gardens

On 21 August 2018 I visited Old Botanical Garden in Kiel. It is located really close to Kieler Schloßgarten. In this place are located numerous species of plans, but majority of them are quite hard to distinguish from local flora. In my opinion this Old Botanical Garden is good place to relax or walk rather than to see interesting plants.

On 30 August 2018, my last day in wonderful city Kiel, I visited for Botanic Garden University of Kiel. On this rainy and grey day, I followed paths between green trees and bushes, from area dedicated to flora of North America, through flora of the greater Mediterranean Basin Region, to area near buildings with exotic flowers and cactuses. I really enjoyed this walk through pavilions dedicated to flora from warm climes. It was wonderful to visit, despite heavy rain, this fantastic, clam and green place.

 

In the Zoological Museum of Kiel University (Vol. 2)

On 29 August 2018 I visited again fantastic Zoological Museum Kiel. During this visit I saw again captivating exhibition on biodiversity, exotic birds and insects. However I also discovered one big fascinating and captivating exhibition concerning European birds which I somehow omitted during my first visit. In two big rooms in showcases are presented numerous specimens of Aves class. They are divided by orders and shortly described. I was impressed by this exhibition and by the great biodiversity of birds presented there.

See also my gallery ‘In the Zoological Museum of Kiel University‘ devoted to my first ever visit in the Zoological Museum Kiel.

Before the visit in Museum

Birds

Mammals

Universitätsbibliothek Kiel in the Evening (Kunst in Kiel Vol. IV)

During my over year stay in Kiel I had possibility to photograph numerous buildings and sculptures. On the end of my research stay, I decided to choose several buildings and sculptures (located on open-air) and photograph they in close-ups and during specified time. First post I dedicated to Audimax of University of Kiel, second to ‘Wind-Licht-Objekt‘, third to ‘Seewind‘, and the last one would like to devote to my favourite building in Kiel – Universitätsbibliothek Kiel. I spend in this wonderful place numerous hours looking for information concerning birds and Viking Age funerary practices. I walked many times through bright rooms in which stays numerous bookcases contained very interesting publications. I also liked to look on the beautifully designed neon inscription on a front of this building.  Neon inscription ‘Manche leuchten, wenn man sie liest’ (Some [books – KK] shine, when you read them’) was created in 2002 by German artist Elsbeth Arlt ([Rönnau 2011: 421). This inscription is translation of a sentence from book “Les Nourritures terrestres” by André Gide. In 2015, I was deeply inspired by neon and this wonderful quote so I decided to recreate it (see gallery ‘“Manche leuchten, wenn man sie liest”‘). I also posted my photos of this amazing building in the gallery ‘Architektur in Kiel‘.  These photos which are presented below were taken on 28 August 2018. For more photos of this exquisite building my Behance gallery.

[Rönnau J. 2011: Open Air Galerie Kiel: Kunst und Denkmäler, Neumünster: Wachholtz Verlag]