Botticelli Gallery Preziosa 2017New approaches to an enduring tradition. The oldest known Swedish silver mine dates from about 1360. Having reliable sources of the metal is but one reason for the success of Sweden´s silversmiths. Another of greater importance is the high quality of their education, primarily through the Konstfack (University of Art Craft and Design). At Konstfack all the participants in the exhibition got their higher education. LOD – a group of seven silver artists who share a combined studio and a gallery in Stockholm – seeks to keep silver production alive and create a higher interest for their skills. The silver is handled without gloves to demonstrate that it is not something to be put away in a closet, but be used all the time in daily life. They are revising the appearance of traditional products. Good examples are Klara Eriksson’s bowel and whisk. And why not have a sink stopper in silver and rubber?“You have to create a teapot before you are a real silversmith”, says Petronella Eriksson. In the exhibition several teapots are reworked Läs mer
Utställningen ”Transformations – Six Artists from Sweden” öppnar den 11 maj i Museo Palazzo Mocenigo, ett renässanspalats i centrala Venedig. De sex smyckeskonstnärerna Tobias Alm, Sara Borgegård Älgå, Hanna Hedman, Catarina Hällzon, Agnes Larsson och Märta Mattsson bidrar tillsammans med 57 verk i utställningen som pågår samtidigt som Venedigbiennalen. Hanna Hedman, ”While they await extinction”, 2011, brosch; silver, koppar och färg. Foto: Sanna Lindberg Utställningen är ett samarbete mellan Nationalmuseum och Venedigs stadsmuseum (Musei Civici di Venezia) där Palazzo Mocenigo-museet ingår. Smyckeskonstnärerna har alla etablerat sig som konstnärer under 2000-talet. Var och en har de utvecklat en personlig och innovativ stil. Deras arbeten visar hur smyckeskonsten har förvandlats till ett reflekterande konstnärligt uttryck. Utställningen kan ses som en rapport över de aktuella trenderna inom svensk smyckeskonst just nu. Den bidrar också till den pågående diskussionen om definitioner och gränser. Är smyckeskonsten konst eller konsthantverk? Kanske saknar frågan relevans i dag. Konstnärerna har i många fall valt att arbeta med enklare, billigare material för att betona att det är den konstnärliga strävan, inte de ädla stenarna, Läs mer
The exhibition will present the work of five contemporary Swedish art jewelers who are redefining the field in their country and bringing global attention to their work. “Breakthrough” will feature the work of Ingrid Bärndal, Agnieszka Knap, Åsa Lockner, Hedvig Westermark, and Jelizaveta Suska. This exhibition is curated with Swedish collector, author, and scholar Inger Wästberg. Ingrid BärndalNecklace: Four Seasons #1, 2017Silver, aventurine, tourmaline, sweetwater pearls, PLA. Läs mer:Meatpacking DistrictKlimt02 Mer om utställningen:KlimtArtsy
Almost 30 years ago, the exhibition “Den internationella smyckekonsten – Nya Smycken New Jewellery” (The International Art Jewellery – New Jewellery New Jewellery) at the Kulturhuset in Stockholm. It presented a new art jewelry that grew in Holland, England and Germany. Jewelry had gone from being purely decorative and a status symbol. The jewelry that was shown at the Kulturhuset represented a changed perception, jewelry associated with artistic content and expression. Communication was pivotal and the new jewelry stood in contrast to the minimalistic and modernistic artistic idiom that characterized Swedish art jewelry, after the war. Art jewelry has successively made great strides towards other visual art. Education in art jewelry at the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) in Gothenburg was meaningful. There, in 1996, the first professorship in art jewelry, in the Nordics, was established. The 2004 name change of the education at Konstfack from Metal Design to Ädellab (precious lab), also sent a signal. In summary, art jewelry has strongly developed and Swedish jewelry artists, to a great degree, are part of Läs mer
Based on my book, Contemporary Swedish Art Jewellery (2013), three exhibitions were held with the book as the starting point, curated by Sofia Björkman in Munich, Båstad and Gothenburg. INBJUDAN Above: Auli Laitinen Above: Yasar Aydin Above: Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding Above: Agnes Larsson
Art jewelry has come closer to the art world. Jewelry’s ability to communicate and bear witness of great craftsmanship makes them works of art. Here there are parallels to artistically oriented photography. Internationally, art jewelry has developed into an independent art form, known as Studio or Art Jewelry. Every year the major exhibition, Schmuck, is held in Munich with around 50 different exhibitions around the city, and the Die Neue Sammlung exhibits, in a large jewelry section, jewelry as art. The Museum of Arts and Design in New York has a permanent jewelry section with modern jewelry, since its move to Columbus Circle. Artists from different genre have, for centuries, found inspiration in nature. Flowers, leave, butterflies, snowflakes and birds return as motifs in traditional jewelry. Today, often unconventional materials are used in art jewelry, where the absolute value in weight and material cost are of lesser importance. There is a beauty in the excitement between attraction and renunciation that jewelry artists can use in artistic idioms and choice of materials. In Sweden, women have Läs mer
The International Art + Design Fair 2005 Contemporary Swedish Silver: New Approaches to An Enduring Tradition of Craft and Design The Armory, Park Avenue Contributers, among others Pia Aleborg Sofia Björkman Jenny Edlund Auli Laitinen Aud Charlotte Ho Sook Sinding Annika Åkerfeldt ” The one – of- kind works on display are notable – by contrast to the severity of high Modernist Swedish Design – for sensuous, playful and surrealistic qualities. ” Ken Johnson The New York Times The International Art + Design Fair 2005 Catalogue Images From the exhibition Above: Jenny Edlund Above: Bodil Karlsson in front of her pleats.