Dunkers kulturhus
in Helsingborg with art and thematic exhibitions, concert hall, auditorium, restaurant and tourist office.

August 10, 2014:
Dinosaur footprint
For about 200 million years ago passed a herd of dinosaurs, probably Dilophosauris of the species, in the mud where Vallåkra stoneware factory is today. In the mud, it was left footprints. In the mid-1970s, they found the fossilized footprints when breaking clay. One of these can be seen in Dunkers culturehouse. The lady at the front desk says they are in the exhibition of Helsingborg. Walking around the exhibition, interesting enough with other archaeological and history, but do not find the footprint. Asks the guard at the entrance. They are right at the entrance in a round booth, nothing that clearly shows the way there. There in the stand is a rock where you can clearly see three toes, the middle longer than the other two. Fascinating, one is transferred to a second 200 million years ago. On the walls is a video illustrating the history, dinosaurs is shown and a meteor collides with Earth. The dinosaurs are dying out, like many other things, the mammals are taking over, from them we developed. But the dinosaur footprint is left.

Hans Gedda, portrait photographer
Dunkers display until September 28, 2014 a selection of Hans Gedda photo portrait. A lot of famous people, like the well-known image of Mandela. There are 140 pictures. Actors as Max von Sydow. Is not my profile a bit like his? Politicians, Fälldin with his pipe. Artists as Hasse & Tage. The male body in the form of Jonas Gardell. Well taken and beautiful. Is it possible to browse a book with all the portraits.

A green oasis
On the square in front of Dunker, it is also beautiful. A green oasis with beautiful flower arrangements. A sign tells us about the idea behind the plantations.

February 15, 2014: Christer Strömholm Post Scriptum
Taking the train to Helsingborg. Having lunch at Roy's food and bar, eat skagen stuffed flounder fillet for 95 crowns, salad bar included. Then to the Dunkers culturehouse. Until May 18, 2014 is at Dunkers a photo exhibition 'Strömholm Post Scriptum'. More than 190 black and white images of one of the Swedish masters of photography, from the famous pictures of transsexual 'friends at Place Blanche' in Paris (1959-1968) to the more unknown pictures pictures of death, life, private, calvary. Very worth seeing.

On the boys' time in football, I was goalie. Taking a self portrait with the head in a goalkeeper cardboard figure. Does not look professional.

Christer Strömholm
Roys fisk och mat

March 9, 2013: Nick Brandt's pictures of animals in Africa. He considers himself not to be a nature photographer, but an art photographer who takes portraits of wild animals. Wonderful pictures, I think. Continue poaching and ruthless exploitation of the animal environment, we soon just see them on pictures and in zoos. Elephant's tusk is used as an ineffective male enhancement for some men with performance anxiety in love life, ornaments, humans expansion takes their habitat, etc ... . Depressing. We should be able to handle it better. In any case, the pictures are fantastic. The exhibition runs to 19 May 2013.

It also shows Nils Berg Dal's images from Zoological Museum of Lund. The museum closed in autumn 2011 and the collections were packed down. Hope it resurrect someday. Part of the collection and the pictures shown are of species that humans have already made extinct. Humans are horrible against her planet, on its way to destroy her own habitat, and everything else on this still beautiful and diverse planet. The exhibition runs to 19 May 2013.

27/12 2009: Take the train to Helsingborg. First we go to Gustav Adolf Church, which is locked. Want to eat falafel fro lunch, but everything is closed. End up instead at Café Viva, and a tortilla salad. Then we go to the Dunkers. 'WARNING! Sex, Drugs, and Moral decay" screams a poster on the facade. It sounds promising. We see first the exhibition about honor-related violence - hard to believe that you can mistreat and kill the loved ones for ones own honor's sake. Outside the entrance to the Decadence exhibition warns again posters. We ignore the warnings. In the entrance the word 'decadence' is written in  sinful red. We may borrow an audio guide, it is needed. A moral story of Tom Rakewell in a series of engravings by William Hogarth in 1763, The Rake's Progress. Tom inherits, which he spent in brothels, alcohol, and gambling. In the last engraving, he ends his days in the madhouse. On it are two nice ladies, the madhouse was a tourist attraction. Fantastic engravings, with fine detail and contemporary narrative. Another series you can relate to honor violence and forced marriage. Without love, the result is adultery, murder, imprisonment, executions and suicide. James Northcote series on Save and Spend is also moral. Spend end up on the street, Save marries rich. Even today one look down on Spend, though 'wasting' is what you are supposed to do for the sake of economical growth. Igor Stravinsky was inspired by Tom Rakewells life with the opera The Rake's Progress. Before we leave, we go in to the Dunkers 'Theatre essence' exhibition about the life on and behind the stage with pictures, props, clothes. A scene is constructed with paper audience. Goes up on stage, I'm met by thunderous applause and headlamps. My first theatrical appearance, I thank you for the applause, going down and return to my usual anonymous self.

Dunkers kulturhus