The Swedish Institute of Paris is a little piece of the Nordic country in the heart of the city. I recommend this place to spend an hour off the beaten track of the Marais district. Whereas everywhere you find tourists, crepes and gaufres with nutella and the classic tourist catchers, this building is a peaceful haven with a different touch. Bought by Sweden in the ’60s, it was completely refurbished and transformed into a cultural center with a small museum, auditorium, library and a cafe. The place hosts temporary exhibitions of high quality and also a permanent exhibition of the Institut Tessin foundation.
There is a cafe area where one can have Swedish sandwiches and soups as well as coffee or sweets with the original recipes. The environment there is modern, design-oriented, and it feels like an oasis in the middle of the busy center of Paris.
From October 15 till the beginning of January 2021, a new exhibition will restore, through photographs and video exhibitions, the project called The Reincarnation of Rockland Palace which was a community art event designed and organized by Swedish artist and filmmaker Sara Jordenö and American activist artist Twiggy Pucci Garçon. This was the place for breathtaking performances and presentations with elaborate effects made by the young Kiki scene, an evolution of the Ballroom community as an artistic and social movement created by LGBTQI + Black and Latinx communities in New York City in the 1920s.