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The Baroque Chamber

Here, you encounter a fantasy landscape with powerful design and intricate details inspired by more southerly latitudes.

The Baroque Chamber came from the former sugar refinery once situated in the old district of Gothenburg, and is an example of interior design from eighteenth century Swedish industrial settings. The room, which may have served as an office, was moved to the museum at the time of its opening in 1916.

The wall covering is painted in dark colours and portrays as southern landscape including buildings. This technique is known as architectural staffage, used to create contrast and enrich the composition. The motif is painted in oils on a taut canvas. During the spring, public conservation work is carried out, after which the interior is furnished with additional objects. Other details in the room typical of its day are the high skirting boards, wooden panels in the window recesses and the tile stove finished in a black glaze.

Variety in baroque pieces

If you take a few steps back you will see a selection of Baroque pieces from the museum’s collection. The selection was inspired by “cabinets of curiosity” of the 17th century, in which unusual objects and artworks from different parts of the world were placed alongside each other. Amongst other things you will find gilded leather, a mechanical clock and an imposing red Turkish rug.

Credits: Ina Winther Åshaug