The exhibition Open Space – Mind Maps. Positions in Contemporary Jewelry at Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm intends to illustrate the point at which the actual art in jewelry arrived and what cultural messages take on the most crucial importance in this context.
The exhibition is positioned far from the merely decorative in the aesthetic and artistic discourse of our era. Thirty international artists present their works, arranged thematically by the buzzwords inhabiting current trends, such as the nomadic aspect and the tendency towards narrative imagery. You may also experience provocation that infringes on boundaries and poetic imagination in jewelry.
Jewelry long ago breached frontiers, and acts as artistic field research, participating in the current topics of art in our time. This exhibition emphasizes that jewelry no longer represents a simple decoration or a status symbol, but an aesthetic discourse and artistic position that reacts to everyday life events, to personal history and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.
Selected Artists: Tobias Alm (SE), David Bielander (CH), Maisie Broadhead (GB), Eun Mi Chun (KR), Iris Eichenberg (US), Benedikt Fischer (DE/NL), Sophie Hanagarth (FR), Hanna Hedman (SE), Suska Mackert (DE), Sally Marsland (AU), Märta Mattsson (SE), Mikiko Minewaki (JP), Nanna Melland (NO), Karen Pontoppidan (DK/DE), Sungho Cho (KR), Tarja Tuupanen (FI), Norman Weber (DE), Annamaria Zanella (IT) and others.
The exhibition runs through 15 May at Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Feature image (on top):
Brooch: Haus und Garten #5, 2002
Photo by: Nationalmuseum
Positions in Contemporary Jewelry, source: Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm