From the Coolest Corner. Nordic Jewellery

Published: 24.01.2013
From the Coolest Corner. Nordic Jewellery.
Liesbeth den Besten
Jorunn Veiteberg
Love Jönsson
Päivi Ruutiainen
Widar Halén
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Arnoldsche Art Publishers
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248 pages, hardcover with dust jacket, 228 colour illustrations, text in English, 23 x 25 cm
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With 156 works by artists from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, this publication considers the significance, strategies and trends of Nordic art jewellery in the early twenty-first century. Expert authors present the backgrounds, developments and characteristics of the contemporary jewellery.
From the Coolest Corner – Nordic Jewellery presents groundbreaking and fresh jewellery from Northern Europe, a comprehensive selection of current works by artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic States. The best and most innovative Scandinavian art jewellery is presented, assessing its possibilities and potential at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The project presented in this publication, culminating in a symposium and a travelling exhibition, challenges stereotypical notions of northern European art jewellery. Do the typical Nordic trends of the nineteen-nineties still apply today? Indeed are there currently any general trends at all in Scandinavian design? Or has the orientation towards international design become so dominant that there are no longer any regional characteristics?

Renowned experts have made a selection of representative works, as a basis for researching the role of northern European jewellery in the context of international art. 

Participant artists:

DENMARK: Kim Buck (guest of honour) | Annette Dam | Julie Bach | Kaori Juzu | Marie-Louise Kristensen | Thorkild Harboe Thøgersen | Josephine Winther
ESTLAND: Kadri Mälk (guest of honour) | Julia Maria Künnap | Maaria Niinemägi | Kristi Paap | Anna-Maria Saar | Tanel Veenre
: Helena Lehtinen (guest of honour) | Ami Avellán | Aino Favén | Clarice Finell | Janne Hirvonen | Sirja Knaapi | Mervi Kurvinen | Mirja Marsch | Anna Rikkinen | Janna Syvänoja | Monica Wickström
ICELAND: Hildur Ýr Jónsdóttir | Hulda B. Ágústsdóttir | Helga Ragnhildur Mogensen | Orr – Kjartan Örn Kjartansson & Ástþór Helgason
NORWAY: Konrad Mehus (guest of honour) | Liv Blåvarp | Sigurd Bronger | Linnéa Blakéus Calder | Lillan Eliassen | Elise Hatlø | Anne Léger | Anna Talbot | Gunnhild Tjåland 
SWEDEN: Tore Svensson (guest of honour) | Tobias Alm | Sara Borgegård Älgå | Beatrice Brovia | Nicolas Cheng | Åsa Elmstam | Daniela Hedman | Hanna Hedman | Karin Johansson | Jenny Klemming | Agnieszka Knap | Agnes Larsson | Kajsa Lindberg | Paula Lindblom | Åsa Lockner | Märta Mattsson | Lena Olson | Lina Peterson |Annika Pettersson | Margareth Sandström | Sanna Svedestedt | Anna Unsgaard | Peter de Wit | Annika Åkerfelt 

Exhibition venues:
Exhibition at The National Museum – The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo, Norway, 19.1. to 21.4.2013, afterwards at the Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland, the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia, the Röhsska Museum for Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts, Gothenburg, Sweden and at Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany, in March 2015.
 ‘Breaking the Ice’ symposium with theorists, artists and representatives of galleries, museums and other establishments, on the subject of the present and future of art jewellery, to be held on 17 and 18 January 2013 at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. 
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