Film

Designing Suspiria: Meet the Woman Behind This Fall’s Most Elegant Horror Show

Rarely does a movie where witches bludgeon people in a netherworld hellscape look so elegant. 

Art & Design

How Artist Olafur Eliasson Finds Inspiration in Scandinavia's Sunlight

The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson—whose work explores our perception of the natural world—speaks with Departures about the...

Art & Design

Why Oslo's Art Scene is Booming

Ubiquity has turned The Scream into a whimper. Thankfully, there is much more to Oslo’s museums and galleries than its best-known...

Music

How ABBA Introduced the World to Swedish Pop

Four decades after ABBA hooked the world with some of the catchiest tunes ever written, Sweden has become a pop music hit machine. But, as Jason...

Art & Design

Famed Artist Larry Poons Reemerges After Years Out of the Spotlight

A onetime art-world star who showed with legendary gallerist Leo Castelli, painter Larry Poons vanished from the scene but never stopped working...

Art & Culture

  A Scandinavian Explains Why They're the Happiest People in the World

The spiritual well-being of the region is not a myth. For novelist Hanne Ørstavik, it derives from a deep sense of belonging and solidarity. But...

Art & Design

A Design Lover's Guide to Scandinavia's Under-the-radar Art Cities 

Some of Scandinavia’s most cutting-edge places for art and design lie outside the major cities, in the heart of the countryside.

Art & Design

In Western Australia, Artist Bruce Munro Paints With Light 

Thousands of dots of light evoke the poignant history of a place—and an artist’s wish for peace.