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Open Space, Mind Maps. Positions in Contemporary Jewellery

Exhibition  /  Stockholm Art Jewellery 2016  /  11 Mar 2016  -  15 May 2016
Published: 31.01.2016
Open Space, Mind Maps. Positions in Contemporary Jewellery.
Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Ellen Maurer Zilioli
Per Hedström

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Featuring 30 artists from all over the world, with about 160 works on display the exhibition intends to illustrate the point at which the actual art in jewellery arrived and what cultural messages take on the most crucial importance in this context.

This is the main event of the Stockholm Art Jewellery Spring 2016.

Artist list

Tobias Alm, David Bielander, Maisie Broadhead, Beatrice Brovia, Sungho Cho, Eunmi Chun, Iris Eichenberg, Cristina Filipe, Benedikt Fischer, Kiko Gianocca, Carolina Gimeno, Sophie Hanagarth, Mielle Harvey, Hanna Hedman, Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding, Jutta Kallfelz, Auli Laitinen, Suska Mackert, Sally Marsland, Märta Mattsson, Nanna Melland, Mikiko Minewaki, Karen Pontoppidan, Janja Prokic, Miro Sazdic, Mirei Takeuchi, Ketli Tiitsar, Tarja Tuupanen, Norman Weber, Annamaria Zanella
The jewellery in the exhibition represents adventure and experimentation aimed at opposing and protesting against traditional customs, propagandizing a type of beauty that unifies provocation and aesthetics at the same time.

Jewellery long ago breached frontiers, and acts as artistic field research, participating in the current topics of art in our time. In our context, jewellery no longer represents a simple decoration or a status symbol, but an aesthetic discourse and artistic position that reacts to everyday life events, to personal history and experience, to worldwide developments and new forms of communications and perception. It handles the contents as contributions to the art, within and beyond the same classical frames. We are moving in an open space and every object, every piece contains the mind map of the singular artist and his or her cultural background.

In the exhibition 30 artists from the international scene will present the public with jewels and conceptual works, complemented with examples from the young collection of Nationalmuseum. In total there will be about 160 works on display. The selection of artists also covers the foremost academies and universities in the field of jewellery.

Sophie Hanagarth teaches in Strasbourg, Karen Pontoppidan at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Miro Sazdic at Ädellab at Konstfack in Stockholm, Suska Mackert at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and Mikiko Minewaki at the Hiko Mizuno College in Tokyo and so on. Their work demonstrates the stronger impact of female artists, who provide a paradigm shift in handwriting, style, thematic issues and the appearance of jewellery today. This is also one of the reasons why the exhibition focuses in particular on the aspect of gender positions and gender shifts.


From March 11 to May 15:
Monday - Friday: 11 to 19h
Saturday - Sunday: 11 to 17h
Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: New Rooms, 2008. Wood, Gold. Photo by: Tim Thayer. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: New Rooms, 2008
Wood, Gold
Photo by: Tim Thayer
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Eunmi Chun. Necklace: Rhinoceros, 2014. Silver, parchment. Photo by: Mirei Takeuchi. Eunmi Chun
Necklace: Rhinoceros, 2014
Silver, parchment
Photo by: Mirei Takeuchi
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Märta Mattsson. Brooch: Untitled, 2015. Wood, pearls. Photo by: Märta Mattsson. Märta Mattsson
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Wood, pearls
Photo by: Märta Mattsson
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Mikiko Minewaki. Brooch: Soft toy pika-chu, 2015. Textile, Plastic. Photo by: Mikiko Minewaki. Mikiko Minewaki
Brooch: Soft toy pika-chu, 2015
Textile, Plastic
Photo by: Mikiko Minewaki
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Norman Weber. Brooch: Haus und Garten #5, 2002. Silver, Paint. Photo by: Nationalmuseum. Norman Weber
Brooch: Haus und Garten #5, 2002
Silver, Paint
Photo by: Nationalmuseum
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