Positions in Contemporary Jewelry

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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.

Iris Eichenberg Brooch: New Rooms, 2008 Wood, Gold Photo by: Tim Thayer
Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: New Rooms, 2008
Wood, Gold
Photo by: Tim Thayer

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.

Eunmi Chun Necklace: Rhinoceros, 2014 Silver, parchment Photo by: Mirei Takeuchi
Eunmi Chun
Necklace: Rhinoceros, 2014
Silver, parchment
Photo by: Mirei Takeuchi

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 This exhibition emphasizes that jewelry no longer represents a simple decoration or a status symbol, but an aesthetic discourse and artistic position that reacts to everyday life events, to personal history and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.

Märta Mattsson Brooch: Untitled, 2015 Wood, pearls Photo by: Märta Mattsson
Märta Mattsson
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Wood, pearls
Photo by: Märta Mattsson

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.

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

The exhibition runs through 15 May at Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern

Feature image (on top):
Norman Weber
Brooch: Haus und Garten #5, 2002
Silver, Paint
Photo by: Nationalmuseum

Positions in Contemporary Jewelry, source: Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm