Exhibitions 2009– 2014

Graduation Projects 2015

– Luck by Chance
Jewellery sites


–a dialogue on craft in movement





Exhibitions 2007– 2008

Frida Fjellman, "Inside Frida Fjellman´s head", Eskilstuna Konstmuseum 2015

Frida Fjellman
12.9.2015 – 10.1.2016

In the autumn of 2015 Gustavsbergs Konsthall will present an exhibition featuring Frida Fjellman. The exhibition was shown at the Eskilstuna Art Museum earlier this year.
The first time that Frida Fjellman exhibited her work at Gustavsbergs Konsthall was in 2007 when she showed her exhibition Nocturnal Dreams. The narratives and almost theatrical spatiality that she presented to us on that occasion have its parallels in the new exhibition. The proscenium curtain, the set design and the sculpted animals – the central characters in her drama – return to the show but in a new form and with a darker mood. What we experienced as dreamlike and ethereal in the former exhibition has turned into something disturbingly solemn, taken from actual events that Frida Fjellman describes herself: “The exhibition takes its point of departure in a journey that I undertook that turned into a living nightmare of devastating earthquakes, tsunamis and the total melt down of a nuclear power plant. A mood of joy and inspiration suddenly turned into one of extreme fear and uncertainty; an experience of absolute terror as the radioactivity came close and closer. But even a nightmare can result in something interesting, and this time the materials that provided my inspiration were very different from what I had originally planned! For example, the exhibition deals with the fundamental states of mind like extreme fear, vulnerability and a need for security that we all have to deal with.”

Frida Fjellman is one of Sweden’s leading craft artists with a succession of exhibitions and public art commissions to her name. Her sculptural installations using glass, ceramics, wood and neon combine a playful approach with a serious undertone. She uses her highly personal style and her notable craft skills to construct worlds in which various forms and native Swedish animals meet up. Unexpected events play an important role and her set designs are full of mystery and rich in imagination.

HDK – Graduation Projects 2015
MA / BA / Crafts
12.9.2015 – 3.1.2016

Gustavsbergs Konsthall will present a selection of graduation projects from HDK – School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg. The exhibition includes projects by nine MA and BA students working with jewellery, textiles and ceramic art: Lisa Andersson Andersson, Ellinor Augustini, Sofia Bankeström, Neli Dicheva, Helena Engarås, Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson, Rebecka Larsdotter Jonsson, Anna Norrgrann and Emil Österholm. Their work was shown at “Godkänd” [Approved], the official graduation exhibition in Gothenburg last spring. A selection of works from that exhibition will now be shown at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. New visual effects and narratives are generated when artworks are placed in a different context. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with HDK and the items have been selected by Maj Sandell at Gustavsbergs Konsthall.

Picturing a Forest (Om du tänker på en skog)
11.10.2014 – 04.01.2015

This autumn Gustavsberg Konsthall is presenting Inger Andersson’s solo exhibition Om du tänker på en skog (Picturing a Forest). As part of her Pause project, for which she received Värmdö Municipality’s cultural award for the year 2013, Inger Andersson has interviewed people living in an old-people’s home in Gustavsberg about how it feels to be nearing the end of one’s life. What do people who are about 90 years old want to talk about? What do they think about their lives in the past and at the present time? Do they reflect on their lives and, in that case, how? What has gone and what remains? Inger Andersson describes her conversations as persevering attempts at gaining an insight into the elderly people’s thinking. Her artistic method involved using wood, glass and cardboard to describe her efforts:

Placing something transparent in something solid.
Sawing along a damp spot in a tree trunk.
Creating an image of the structure using cardboard.
Slicing up an ancient tree.
Boring holes in glass so close together that the material disappears.

– The narratives of the ninety year-olds were concrete. They talked about love, death, childhood and work. Abstract questions were something they did not understand; especially not the concept of “Pause”. By the time of the second interviews the divergent aspects of the narratives had been identified and the conversations continued. The works to be shown at Gustavsbergs Konsthall seek to describe the differences between what was expected and what diverged and what this can contribute. A large object deals with the conversation; a large, democratic tool that one can sit down on.

Through her art that explores the possibilities of ideas and materials Inger Andersson shapes a species of spatial philosophy. Over the years her art has expanded both with regard to scale and method. Her artistic treatments for the public domain have aroused considerable interest. They often make use of architectural elements to create new spatial dimensions and new ways for these to communicate. One such example is the large sculpture currently showing at Gustavsbergs Konsthall that she has designed for a permanent site at an elementary school in the town of Örebro. At the present exhibition she invites visitors to sit down on the sculpture and listen to sound recordings of conversations at the home for the elderly. In the school grounds the sculpture will provide a venue for outdoor lessons and for play during breaks; a site for different sorts of dialogue.

24.5.2014 – 14.9.2014

In the summer of 2014 Gustavsbergs Konsthall will present Thread Wrapping Architecture, a solo exhibition and performative installation by the internationally regarded designer Anton Alvarez. The project is based on a development of Anton Alvarez’ invention which he calls the Thread Wrapping Machine. In its latest version the machine will be able to produce objects and architectural elements on a monumental scale. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, visitors to the gallery will be able to follow the creation of a large-scale installation made of wood, metal and plastic, and assembled using thousands of metres of yarn.

Thread Wrapping Architecture activates new encounters between technology, craft skills, design, architecture and art. It also poses questions about how craft processes can be developed – what happens in the artistic investigatory process and how do alternations between a controlled order and pure chance influence the result? Anton Alvarez is developing a completely new type of craft, a task that he started working on while studying for a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in London. He calls his invention the Craft of Thread Wrapping and he describes the technique as “The art of using the tool and of practicing the craft is still at an early stage and is in a state of constant development. By working with my invention I am constantly learning new ways of creating objects using the thread-wrapping technique. I can assemble wood, plastic and metal without using nails, screws or traditional methods of assembly. The object is held together by fine yarn which is covered with glue during the wrapping process. Repeated wrappings create strong, load-bearing joints at the same time that the item being created is covered with a decorative surface of differently coloured yarns”. The exhibition is produced with support from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Innovativ Kultur.

Gustavsbergs Konsthall welcomes visitors to an experimental, active, visually changing and enthralling summer.

June 27, July 5, July 19 and August 2, open 11 am - 4 pm

Matlida Haggärde, Report from within, 2013, photo Magnus Natschki

How – Do – Know
31.1.2014 – 27.4.2014

Charlotta Bellander, Johan Bjärntoft, Lo Eklöw, Matilda Haggärde, Li Liang

In the spring of 2014 we are presenting five craft artists who have either recently completed the master’s programme at HDK, the School of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University, or who are currently enrolled in the programme. The exhibition will focus on ceramic processes and the way in which experience of these processes is used in developing an artistic identity. The five craft artists present different approaches and results based on a profound exploration of the possibilities offered by the material – in this case clay. The exhibition is the result of collaboration between Gustavsbergs Konsthall and Mia E Göransson who is Professor of Ceramics at HDK.

Zandra Ahl, Family Outlet, © Zandra Ahl

5.10.2013 – 5.1.2014
Zandra Ahl

This autumn, Gustavsbergs Konsthall presents Family Outlet, a new solo exhibition by Zandra Ahl. Family Outlet poses questions about notions of security and happiness, and how these notions are conveyed in our commercialised everyday lives. Zandra Ahl bases her exploration on the “unprivileged objects” – objects beyond the cultural establishment – and puts them in a new context. The exhibition will be complemented with an anthology later this autumn, containing new and previously-published material by and about Zandra Ahl.
Zandra Ahl is a craftsperson, writer and participates frequently in public debates. Since 2009, she has been a professor of ceramic art at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She has long been a seminal voice in the ongoing discussions and developments in Swedish design that started in the late 1990s. Her achievements and her energetic participation in design-related issues have impacted on an entire generation of crafts artists, designers and debaters. Zandra Ahl has contributed extensively towards changing the Swedish design scene from 15 years ago into the one we have today. She has also been recognised internationally and is described as a key person in contemporary Swedish crafts.


Our collaboration with SOFT – the Norwegian Textile Artist’s Association’s gallery in Oslo – enables us to present a striking collection of Norwegian textile art to a Swedish public. Textile artists in Norway are renowned for the excellence of their work and for the ground-breaking way in which they have developed textile art to address pressing social issues. The exhibition at Gustavsbergs Konsthall reflects the leading position of of textile art in contemporary Norwegian crafts. A group of curators, representing both SOFT gallery and Gustavsbergs Konsthall, has selected eight textile artists who represent both a wide range of artistic expression as well as different generations of Norwegian textile art. An outstanding example is that of Unn Sønju whose often highly political tapestries have led to her being regarded as the heir to Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970) who pioneered the use of textile art to comment on social and political themes. The exhibition at Gustavsbergs Konsthall will provide a unique opportunity for experiencing this vibrant Norwegian contribution to contemporary textile art.

Regien Cox, Hanne Frey Husø, Løvaas & Wagle, Sidsel Palmstrøm, Astrid Runde Saxegaard, Kari Steihaug, Unn Sønju, Borghild Rudjord Unneland


Alexander Blank (GER), Peter Hoogeboom (NL), Hanna Liljenberg (SWE), Dorothea Pru˜hl (GER), Lucy Sarneel (NL)

The exhibition Substance, curated by Hnoss Initiative, presents five leading exponents in the international jewellery field: Dorothea Prühl, Peter Hoogeboom, Lucy Sarneel, Alexander Blank and Hanna Liljenberg. The first three have long enjoyed international careers while the last two come from a younger generation. What they have in common is their strong roots in specific materials as well as the fact that they have developed their own approaches to the relationship between material and ornament. Hnoss describes the theme in these terms: “Artists often choose the material or materials that best enables them to describe or communicate what it is that they want to narrate in their work. This has been characteristic of the cutting edge of international jewellery design. Working consciously with a material comes naturally to jewellery artists. What the artists invited to take part in Substance have in common is the fact that they use and identify themselves with a profound knowledge of a specific material and, in a highly convincing manner, use the material to communicate. Certain artists have become almost synonymous with a particular material.”
Hnoss has a wide-reaching international network and has gained a reputation for the quality of its exhibitions. With its gallery and exhibitions, the society has been responsible for a revitalization of the art of jewellery in Sweden. Since 2011, when the gallery closed, the organization has worked on commissions under the name of Hnoss Initiative.


Is it possible to question prejudice and xenophobia with jewellery? The brooch has a particularly strong tradition as the bearer of a message. Taking this as its point of departure, the ALLA project seeks to investigate the capacity of the brooch to promote discussion of identity, xenophobia and notions about what it means to be Swedish. The exhibition presents 29 unique brooches as well as photographs and films. The ALLA project, which is now being shown at Gustavsbergs Konsthall, has been initiated and assembled by art jewellers Hanna Hedman and Rut-Malin Barklund. “As an art form, ornamental jewellery has the advantage of getting close to people and of following them in their daily activities. Throughout the ages, jewellery has been a way of displaying cultural identity, affiliation, status or points of view.”
The project has received financial support from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Annika Petterson, Auli Laitinen, Adam Grinovich, Agnieszka Knap, Annika Åkerfelt, Catarina Hällzon, Daniela Hedman, Helena Lindholm, Jacob Nyberg, Jenny Edlund, Jenny Klemming, Kajsa Lindberg, Karin Johansson, Karin Roy Andersson, Klara Brynge, Maria Sköldin, Mona Wallström, Märta Mattson, Pia Aleborg, Sanna Svedestedt, Serena Holm, Sofia Björkman, Tobias Alm, Tove Knuts, Tore Svensson, Vidar Hertov, Yasar Aydin, Åsa Elmstam, Åsa Skogberg

LAGOMBRA: Obstacle Course, photo Christian


Anders Jakobsen/Lagombra coined the concept of "radicalsloyd" and his artefacts have tended to function as fireworks in an established Swedish design tradition. His methods and his aesthetic have long been the subject of medial discussion of taste and of crossing boundaries, but despite receiving so much notice, this is the first time his work has been presented in a solo exhibition. Gustavsbergs Konsthall is expanding this autumn in order to enable Lagombra to present himself as fully as possible. Architecture, crafts and fitness machines are gathered together in a site-built obstacle course which offers visitors an entirely new form of physical art appreciation.
The Lagombra exhibition will be shown in the temporary “Satellite” premises parallel with the gallery’s normal activities. It coincides with the centennial celebrations of the National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies and will contribute to a discussion of contemporary crafts. LAGOMBRA: Obstacle Course is being presented with financial support from Kulturbryggan, Värmdö Municipality and Gustavsbergs Hamn AB.

Download "Problems have to be created before you can solve them" by Markus Degerman

Kakan Hermansson, from "Girls Club"


Gustavsbergs Konsthall is presenting two graduation projects from Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm: Kakan Hermansson’s Girls Club and Jorun Kugelberg’s Place as event. Both of these are concerned with spatial aspects but they approach them from very different perspectives. In Kakan Hermansson’s Girls Club, visitors can acquaint themselves with a nail salon where the craft of manicure and the situation create the essential intimacy that conversation demands. The nail salon is a women’s preserve to which men do not have entry and where the narratives that develop are largely concerned with sexual exploitation.
In Jorun Kugelberg’s Place as event the dialogue is with the place itself. Semi-documentary film of ordinary, urban locations and what goes on there acquire new significance in the site-specific exhibition presentation. Both human and spatial boundaries are reconsidered in her study.

Jorun Kugelberg, from "Place as event"

Making Knowledge, photo Viktor Gårdsäter


Frida Hållander, Mårten Medbo, Kjell Rylander, Caroline Slotte

With the exhibition Making Knowledge Gustavsbergs Konsthall seeks to illuminate and highlight craft as a field of artistic research. The exhibition presents the four artists who have so far been accepted as PhD students by Swedish and Norwegian universities offering research programmes in the field of craft: Caroline Slotte and Kjell Rylander from Konsthøgskolen in Bergen, Mårten Medbo from HDK in Gothenburg and Frida Hållander from Konstfack in Stockholm. Through their individual research projects, they contribute significantly to the rapid development that the craft field is undergoing. The exhibition displays works that pose wide-ranging questions about materiality and making, as well as tradition, power structures and class. The various projects communicate on many levels covering everything from how we live our everyday lives to more profoundly existential issues. By bringing together their projects Gustavsbergs Konsthall aims to provide a basis for further discussion of artistic research within the craft field, and an opportunity to investigate what praxis-based contemporary research might be and mean, and how it is conducted.

SLUMP – Luck by Chance
February 18 – May 6, 2012

Gunvor Nervold Antonsen (N), Elisabeth Billander (S), Kina Björklund (S), Katrine Køster Holst (N), Simon Klenell (S), Erlend H Leirdal (N), Pontus Lindvall (S), John K Raustein (N), Märit Runsten (S), John Skognes (N), Signe Løvland Solberg (N), Jakob Solgren (S)

SLUMP - Luck by Chance, which is the 2011 thematic exhibition by the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, investigates how chance and the fortuitously accidental operate in the artistic process. Allowing luck and coincidence a part in this process involves balancing order and chaos, planning and spontaneity. To an arts and crafts practitioner for whom the material process is fundamental, the unpredictable can intervene and become a path to an unexpected – sometimes better – final outcome. In creating a meeting point for the arts and crafts of these two countries, the exhibition examines a range of different material modes of expression, brought together by a common goal.
SLUMP - Luck by Chance is co-produced by Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal and Gustavsbergs Konsthall and is supported by the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, the Arts Council Norway and the Swedish Arts Council. The exhibition has been curated by Harald Solberg, Agneta Linton and Maj Sandell. It was initially presented at Bomuldfabriken Kunsthall and is now presented to the Swedish audience at Gustavsbergs Konsthall..

Tracey Rowledge, Detour

David Clarke, Tracey Rowledge, Clare Twomey

The three British artists who comprise 60|40 are silversmith David Clarke, bookbinder Tracey Rowledge and ceramicist Clare Twomey. Their joint manifesto challenges traditional craft rules and argues for an expansion of the theoretical and physical contexts of the craft arts. With their joint projects they exploit their respective materials to the uttermost limit, examining how these communicate in contemporary space. In executing their projects the trio take their starting point in the architectural character of the place with its specific intensity and history. The actual site may be a private apartment or premises that are normally the province of art, in which existing artefacts and interior furnishings correspond with the works that the group installs. Each of their exhibitions thus poses new questions.
This is the first time that 60|40 have jointly presented their work outside the UK. The exhibition at Gustavsbergs Konsthall will include new work as well as site-specific installations or reworkings of earlier projects.


For almost two decades of rapid developments in Swedish craft arts, Per B Sundberg has played a leading role. His work is central in any discussion of contemporary design. After a long period designing glass for Orrefors, he has again focused on ceramics. His forthcoming exhibition at Gustavsbergs Konsthall presents entirely new work as well as summarizing his development over recent years and illustrating his studio production. Visitors to the gallery will come face to face with a universe of drastic collisions between aesthetics, ethics and design history.

iDiana Orving, installation, detalj, 2011

Curator: Märit Runsten

Gustavsbergs Konsthall is proud to present two of the avant-garde fashion world’s most celebrated Swedish designers, Martin Bergström and Diana Orving. These two highly personal fashion artists share an approach in which there is a focus on the relationship between body and space and a particular concern for textile craft. Martin Bergström shows an in stallation, based on his Sandbox collection and using photographs by Thomas Klementsson. Diana Orving presents a site-specific encounter between moving image and textile sculpture.

EMBRACED - Jewellery sites

Sara Borgegård (Swe), Celio Braga (NL, Bra), Liesbet Bussche (Be), Lin Cheung (GB), Gemma Draper (Spa), Lauren Kalman (US), Kajsa Lindberg (Swe), Yuka Oyama (Ger), Karen Pontoppidan (Ger) och Miro Sazdic (Swe).
Curator Anders Ljungberg

Gustavsbergs Konsthall presents Embraced - Jewellery sites, an exhibition of contemporary and international jewellery art. The curator, Anders Ljungberg has invited ten prominent jewellery artists, aiming to give the audience new insights into the dynamic scene of contemporary jewellery. Anders Ljungberg describes the theme of the exhibition in the catalogue: "Jewellery has a history that relates to personal narrative and to corporal experience. When the item is worn, this narrative appears within a framework constructed by the surrounding society. The exhibition Embraced – Jewellery sites investigates this framework based on what can be described as jewellery’s own different rooms: in this instance defined as the bodily room, the architectonic room and the social room. All of the participating artists have something important to say about our contemporary situation with regard to one or more of these rooms."

Pekka Paikkari, from the Marl Hole project, photo Johnny Magee


Directed by Johnny Magee and produced by Neil Brownsword
Looped video projection (25 minutes)

For over two centuries North Staffordshire gained recognition as a world centre of ceramic manufacture. The origins of this success evolved out of a pre-industrial exploitation of the area’s mineral wealth; long flame coal - ideal for firing, and excellent red burning clays for potting. Opencast sites of excavation known as ‘marl holes’ where the latter is still quarried, formed the basis of the artistic project documented in this film. Four international artists: Neil Brownsword, Alexandra Engelfriet, Torbjørn Kvasbø and Pekka Paikkari, were invited to create a series of site specific interventions at Ibstock Brick’s Gorsty Quarry. Displaced from the familiar comfort zone of their studio, the artists sought to re-initiate a primordial curiosity into one of humankind’s oldest synthesised materials. These transient modes of practice were intimately documented by film artist Johnny Magee.

Neil Brownsword

Jakob Robertsson, "A Moment in Time", Photo: Helena Björck

A Moment in Time


Jakob Robertsson’s ceramic art has many resonances. Stylistically it is often reminiscent of the direct and forceful imagery of comics but behind this seemingly light-hearted surface there is a deeply serious aspect. Death, Love, Bamse the little bear, those who are vulnerable and lonely – they have all played their parts in Jakob Robertsson’s art. For his exhibition at Gustavsbergs Konsthall, he has been working with a new series of ceramic sculptures. He comments on the exhibition in his own words: “It is about what is good in life: the events and moments of contentment that act as a sort of blessed release from all that is laborious or dull. It deals with the large and genuine emotions and the positive element in being pathetic…”

Jakob Robertsson has been an active member of the group known as WeWorkInAFragileMaterial for many years and has taken part in numerous exhibitions. A Moment in Time is his first solo exhibition since 2002. His return to the Swedish crafts scene is one that many people have looked forward to.

Hanne Friis, "Layers", detalj, Photo: Vegar Moen


Hanne Friis uses a time-taking technique of needlework to sculpt her textile art. Somewhere in the space between organic irregularity and controlled rhythm her works find their final form. What can appear to have grown up out of itself simultaneously reveals fragments of everyday human culture like the fabric and the seams of what were once a pair of jeans. Her exhibition “Layers” was shown at Kunstnerforbundet in Olso in the spring of 2010. Selected items from that exhibition will now be on view at Gustavsbergs Konsthall.

Hanne Friis has been critically acclaimed in Norway and her work is now being shown in Sweden for the first time. We are pleased and proud to be able to introduce her work to the Swedish public.

Mia E Göransson, Photo Gustavsbergs Konsthall


Mia E Göransson is one of Sweden’s leading craft artists. Her style is highly characteristic yet she lifts materials and form to new aesthetic levels in her constant striving to give expression to new ideas. Mia E Göransson’s solo exhibition at Gustavsbergs Konsthall is a further development of a series of exhibitions under the shared heading of “New Nature”. In the current exhibition her portrayals of nature spill over into abstractions; organic forms that follow their own mysterious paths. Bone china provides a literal base for her art, a secure vessel from which startling ideas emerge in material form.

The book Mia E Göransson, written by Petter Eklund, is released at the opening of the exhibition. The book presents a historical review of Mia E Göransson as well as recent photo by photographer Helena Björck.

Parousia: Sari Liimatta, "Inaudible", Photo Gustavsbergs Konsthall. Byggstudio "Mundiskåp", Photo Gustavsbergs Konsthall

A new body for the figurine

The exhibition PAROUSIA – A new body for the figurine, presents Sari Liimatta, jewellery artist from Finland and the two graphic designers that make up Byggstudio. Sari Liimatta has won international recognition for her unique and bold designs and this is her first major show in Sweden. Her objects have roots in the tradition of sculptural jewellery, Fabergé for example, but in her own work she mixes precious materials with paste jewels and everyday items. Her animal sculptures create narratives which, despite their human character, never lose site of the animal’s own perspective.

Byggstudio consists of Hanna Nilsson from Sweden and Sofia Østerhus from Norway. They were invited to provide a visual comment on Sari Liimatta’s art as well as the overall theme of a new body for the figurine, using two and three-dimensional means. They have chosen to work with the exhibition form and the presentation of Sari Liimatta’s sculptures. With PAROUSIA, curator of the exhibition Päivi Ernkvist has taken her figurine-dialogue another step forward into a new context.

Link: Figurine-dialogue


Richard Aldrich (USA), Joel Andrianomearisoa (FR), Johanna Gustafsson Fürst (SWE), Jenny Magnusson (SWE), Bella Rune (SWE)

Gustavsbergs Konsthall presents Off the Wall, an exhibition devoted to thoughts about the place of crafts in contemporary art. Most artistic processes involve craft skills in some form or other while the relevance of crafts and materials in interpreting a work of art is coloured by the context. Off the Wall looks at what happens when there is a shift in the anticipated perspective. Can one, by illuminating material processes, introduce new meanings into the visual arts? Can these, in turn, provide new entries into an understanding crafts? With a background in the discussion of how crafts relate to the visual arts the exhibition investigates how context influences both the discussion and the interpretation of specific works.

Off the wall presents five noted visual artists who are all close to their materials and to material processes in their work. Artist and curator Hans Isaksson is responsible for the selection and has designed the exhibition in close collaboration with Gustavsbergs Konsthall.

A pedagogic project, Transformen, is developed during the exhibition. The project discusses materiality and the meanings of different materials. Visitors are invited to practically and visually comment some of the questions raised in Off the wall.

TUMULT– dialog om ett konsthantverk i rörelse, miljöbild och "Det är resultatet som räknas", WWIAFM (bildspel). Foto: Gustavsbergs Konsthall

TUMULT –a dialogue on craft in movement
10.10.2009 – 10.01.2010

TUMULT - a dialogue on craft in movement is the product of an extended collaboration involving Gustavsbergs Konsthall, art-historian Christina Zetterlund and the craft group WeWorkInAFragileMaterial. The point of departure for this collaboration was the politically committed crafts scene in Sweden in the years around the 1970s and the exhibition addresses both that period as well as the present day. There are two parallel parts to the exhibition, one contemporary and one historical. Together with an extensive publication these aim to present and analyze the material as well as initiating a dialogue between two generations of craftspeople. The similarities are noted – for example the collective processes and the desire to stimulate change – as are the significant differences. It becomes clear that both represent periods of notable expansion in the range of craft expression – in a mixture of tumult and precision.

The section of the 1960s and 1970s on display in the historical part of the exhibition is represented by various artworks from the period as well as documentary photographs, written materials and catalogues. The exhibition does not claim to illustrate the full complexities of the art scene of the period but sheds light on various aspects of the times, notably in the form of politically committed crafts. It includes a tapestry by Hannah Ryggen, who was an inspirational figure in the 1970s, and there is an installation devoted to gallery-owner Petra (Ebba Konstantia Petterson) who made an important contribution to art crafts over a long period. There is a certain geographical concentration to the presentation of the 1970s with Gothenburg and the Röhsska Museum of Design and Decorative Arts playing a central role.

The large room at the gallery contains a site-specific work entitled It’s the Result that Counts produced by the group WeWorkInAFragileMaterial. The work is constructed as a three-dimensional game board within which the group has acted. The group has used paintball to decorate the work in a violent process that challenges contemporary aestheticization’s understanding of both violence and surface. As with earlier works, the group has developed the installation during a joint working process though within a given structure. In this instance the structure take the form of the gallery itself as rules for a game in which it is the result that counts. This represents process-based crafts taken to their absolute limit.

Can contemporary crafts perhaps open the way to a new reading of history: and vice versa? Gustavsbergs Konsthall welcomes you to find your own answer to this question during a visit to the exhibition – and a perusal of the accompanying publication TUMULT - a dialogue on craft in movement. The book is on sale at the Expo in the gallery or can be ordered from our website.

”The Day is Two Feet Long” Sabrina Gschwandtner

Sabrina Gschwandtner
11.06.2009 – 13.09.2009

Solo exhibition with the American craftsman, curator and writer Sabrina Gschwandtner, who participated in the exhibition Motion Blur – American Craft at Gustavsbergs Konsthall earlier this year. Sabrina is invited by IASPIS to work in the G-studio this spring and will show new work at Gustavsbergs Konsthall.

”Next to reality” Stina Persson

30.05.2009 – 13.09.2009

The participants are:
Signe Dalsgaard · Kakan Hermansson · Simon Klenell · Oona Linke · Haidar Mahdi · Stina Persson

During the spring of this year Gustavsbergs Konsthall has been following the final-year students in the Department of Ceramics and Glass at Konstfack – the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. This has resulted in our major summer exhibition Stills in Repeat in which the students have been challenged to present their work in a new context while also creating a unified design for the exhibition.
With its focus on crafts, Gustavsbergs Konsthall is concerned to bring greater understanding to the concept of craft art and it sees this collaboration with Konstfack as a fruitful way of challenging the accepted notions about crafts. The fearless approach to the material displayed by the participants and the issues that they have chosen to work with have resulted in an exhibition in which the artistic and narrative elements achieve both depth and height. The settings or still-lifes that appear in the exhibition contain obvious traces of traditional craft items, though in this instance the works are not looking for domestic usage but seek, rather, to fulfil other needs of contact and communication. Words and concepts must constantly be filled with new content if they are not to become flaccid and stagnate. And so we are very pleased to be able to present six new graduates from Konstfack’s Department of Ceramics and Glass who, with their various points of departure, converge in a single focus.

Stillbild ur filmen ”I Will Keep Giving Myself To You Until I Am No More ( AS ENDLESS AS IS MY LOVE)” Maria Vuorinen

30.05.2009 – 13.09.2009

The participants are:
Magnus Carlsson · Frida Hållander · Anders Jakobsen · Albin Karlsson · Katarina Lund · Made by · Gustaf Nordenskiöld · Jakob Robertsson · Erika Sjöberg · Charles Stern · Maria Vuorinen · Sissi Westerberg

Hit My Eye is a unique exhibition dealing with crafts and film. The exhibition is produced by Gustavsbergs Konsthall with the intention of highlighting the trend among craftspeople, designers and artists with a professional interest in the crafts sector who make use of the film medium to express themselves and to visualize their ideas. The phenomenon of crafts and film has a brief history but merits its own chapter in the contemporary crafts field. Whereas crafts occupy a position somewhere between domestic objects and art – between affirming usefulness and the questioning object – the exhibition Hit My Eye is situated somewhere between documentary, performance and animation.
Hit My Eye comprises ten items, ten films that express a desire for change yet that represent a change in themselves. As a medium, film ensures that the focus is moved from the finished product to the process itself

MOTION BLUR – American Craft. Beverly Semmes ”On the Lake” and Ian Hundley “Blumenhagen” and “Bierbergen Oedelum Black”.
Photo: Gustavsbergs Konsth

07.02.2009 – 10.05.2009

The participating artists are:
Jim Drain • Sabrina Gschwandtner • Elana Herzog • Ian Hundley • Beth Lipman • Nava Lubelski • Beverly Semmes

Motion Blur – American Craft is an exhibition of contemporary American crafts. It has been initiated and produced by Gustavsbergs Konsthall with the aim of updating our understanding of American art crafts from a Scandinavian perspective. The exhibition presents items by seven prominent American artists whose work touches upon sculpture, pictorial art, crafts and installations. A common denominator is a strong relationship with handwork at the same time that their approach to different craft traditions oscillates between esteem and lack of respect. We hope that the exhibition will give the Swedish public new experiences and new insights into a dynamic sector of the art field. The title of the exhibition alludes to the accelerating development of craft art and the blurred borders between different forms of art.

Motion Blur – American Craft has been produced in close collaboration with Sabrina Gschwandter in her roles as Artist Consultant and participating artist. Her serious commitment and her profound knowledge of the field have been decisive in the creation of this exhibition.

11.10.2008 – 11.01.2009

Swedish studio glass has never really adhered to the modernist aesthetic that has made our factory-made art glass famous throughout the world. Ever since its origins at the end of the 1960s, Swedish studio glass has largely had other concerns with a platform coloured by social commitment, politics, humour and narrative elements.
Red Bear Green Goat is a display of contemporary Swedish studio glass and glass art. With the exhibition, Gustavsbergs Konsthall hopes to shed light on the various strands of the discussion on the aesthetics of glass and the place of glass in contemporary culture. The participants – glassmakers, designers and artists – represent a broad spectrum of approaches but are linked together here by the common theme of the seven deadly sins. The exhibition questions how we regard sin in contemporary society. Is it, perhaps, the case that the deadly sins are all about what it means to be a human being? The title, Red Bear Green Goat, is taken from some of the colours and animals that we associate with the seven deadly sins.

The participants are:
Zandra Ahl • Susanne Allberg • Inger Andersson • Carina Seth Andersson • Anna Berglund • Andreas Bernheden • Ulla Forsell • Margareta Hennix • Annika Jarring • Gunilla Kihlgren • Fredrika Linder • Ulrika Bratt Ling • Christian Maldonado • Mårten Medbo • Sylvia Neiglick • Annika Oskarsson • Per B Sundberg • Karin Törnell

Diggy Diggy © Gustaf Nordenskiöld/BUS 2008

Gustaf Nordenskiöld
11.10.2008 – 11.01.2009

In his exhibition Diggy Diggy, Gustaf Nordenskiöld shows newly created “archaeological” ceramic objects which are reminiscent of fragments of domestic wares from earlier times and other finds dug up by archaeologists. To varying degrees the objects reveal the ravages of time or the forces of nature in the form of lichens, rust and erosion.
Gustaf Nordenskiöld has a special interest in things that have long been forgotten and which, when rediscovered, are given new meaning and placed in a context very different from their original surroundings.
Gustaf Nordenskiöld is one of the Swedish craftspeople who have revitalized and developed domestic ceramic wares in recent times. His work has won him recognition at a succession of exhibitions in Sweden and abroad.

About the Woodlands © Pasi Välimaa/BUS 2008 foto: Håkansson & Mannberg

Pasi Välimaa
07.06.2008 – 14.09.2008

With his monumental textile works Pasi Välimaa creates a spatial unit of light and colour. His exhibition About the Woodlands might be likened to a textile garden which is both wild and yet disciplined. It is cultivated with elements of extreme airiness and delicacy, fine silks, voiles and downy feathers. This lightness contrasts with a weighty brownness taken from the earth’s own palette. Earth is also the fundament of the exhibition, our earthly contact that binds everything together. Pasi Välimaa works with aspects of contemporary art that are just about taboo: things that are beautiful, that are lovely to behold and that make us happy. Though without the blackened edges of grief and grime goodness does not make itself visible. In reaching the heights we are dependent on the deep chasms.

Pasi Välimaa has established himself as one of Sweden’s leading textile artists. He has had numerous exhibitions both in Sweden and abroad and has undertaken various commissions for public works of art. The inspiration for About the Woodlands comes from a poem by A.E. Housman which has also provided the title for the exhibition.

L’Ile Noire, Skull © Ludvig Löfgren/BUS 2008

Ludvig Löfgren
07.06.2008 – 14.09.2008

Our attitude to death is something that profoundly marks our culture. We illustrate and dramatize death in an effort to understand and come to terms with it. The exhibition L’Ile Noire builds on ideas about our theatrical and often romanticized picture of death. Ludvig Löfgren gives expression to a sort of death narrative that refers to the history of our own culture, to vanitas paintings of the 17th century and to the decorated urns of classical antiquity. By linking the aesthetic of dramatic narrative with that of glass he explores and evaluates his stylistic ideal. The characteristics, inherent possibilities and innate aesthetic of glass are an important foundation of Ludvig Löfgren’s art. His notable skills as a craftsman and the care that he lavishes on the material are evident in his work but they also provide the platform from which he challenges the traditions of glass art.

Ludvig Löfgren joined Kosta Boda as a designer in 2007. He has previously worked as a glassmaker and independent craftsman and has contributed to a number of exhibitions, some of them as one of the nine members of the craft group We Work in a Fragile Material. His exhibition L’Ile Noire at Gustavsbergs Konsthall is Ludvig Löfgren’s first solo exhibition.

Maj Sandell

Gift © Gustavsbergs Konsthall foto: Håkansson & Mannberg

05.04.2008 25.05.2008

Gifts can be welcome, eagerly awaited, intrusive or unwanted. The exhibition Gift presents work by seventeen European craftspeople who comment in different ways on our relationship with the things that we exchange among ourselves in the form of gifts. The exhibition has been put together by Think Tank: A European Initiative for the Applied Arts, which is a network of critics and scholars from eight countries.

The participants are:
Christoph Zellweger (CH) • Marianne Eggimann (D) • Karin Seufert (D) • Ted Noten (NL) Clare Twomey (UK) • Robert Mittringer (AT) • Canan Dagdelen (AT) • Thea Grastrup-Hansen (DK) • Christin Johansson (DK) • Kim Buck (DK) • Paul Scott (UK) • David Clarke (UK) • Gemma Draper (ES) • Monika Strasser (D) • Nina Bondeson (S) • Bettina Dittlmann/Michael Jank (D)

Brainfood © Gustavsbergs Konsthall foto: Håkansson & Mannberg

05.04.2008 – 25.05.2008

Curator : David Clarke

The participants are students at Ädellab/Metal Department, Konstfack

Corpus or hollowware art, because its history is linked with everyday usage, embraces huge and partially unexamined opportunities for posing relevant questions regarding our contemporary culture which is so strongly influenced by our relationship to things. The works on view at this exhibition cannot primarily be regarded as practically oriented objects but, to a greater extent, as imbued with numerous emotional aspects that touch upon our own time in various ways, often with the usable object as the point of departure.

Anders Ljungberg
Senior Lecturer at Ädellab, Konstfack

Gravity © Gustavsbergs Konsthall


Gravity is an essential condition for all the forms of existence that we are aware of; an ever-present force that constantly acts upon us.
Gravity is also the title and the theme of a group show of contemporary metal art and associated crafts at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. Each of the six artists/craftspeople – from four European countries – contributes a highly distinctive artistic approach to this pioneering exhibition. The theme stimulates associations that address existential issues from both a poetic and a scientific perspective. The works that make up the exhibition create a narrative that speaks of universal forces, of distance and proximity, of the inescapability of gravity and of its destructive power

Gustavsbergs Konsthall is pleased to be able to present:
David Clarke (GB) • Idiots (NL) • Albin Karlsson (SWE) • Anders Ljungberg (SWE) • Wiebke Meurer (CH) • Emma Rapp (SWE).

Someone who cares for me (detalj) © Ljus/BUS 2008


In the East Wing, Gustavsbergs Konsthall presents Someone who cares for me, an installation by the artist duo Ljus (Maria Olevik and Maria Larsson)
The audience is invited to walk through rooms where everyday objects correspond with elements of nature. The installation speaks of memories mutual to humans and to nature, of time and how it influences us and our planet.


"Nocturnal Dreams" © Frida Fjellman/BUS 2007

Frida Fjellman


Gustavsbergs Konsthall presents Nocturnal Dreams, a site-specific exhibition by Frida Fjellman
In Frida Fjellman’s installations, human culture enters into a symbiosis with nature and its fauna. Nocturnal Dreams can be seen as a materialized scenario from a dream with its frictionless encounters between realism and fantasy. The animals of the night and domestic objects find each other in Frida Fjellman’s naturalistic composition. Owls, beavers, hares and foxes take part in a fable that, for them as well as for anyone who is prepared to listen, are undeniably true.
Frida Fjellman is based in Stockholm. She has had a succession of exhibitions, both solo and with others. Glass and ceramics are her basic materials and her art often involves meetings between these and other craft materials.

"Amfora" stillbild ur Stills and Motions © Moa Lönn/BUS 2007

Moa Lönn

Stills and Motions, an exhibition by Moa Lönn, is being shown in the East Wing of Gustavsbergs Konsthall.
Moa Lönn’s clay animations find their references in the traditional craft of ceramics. The animations develop from everyday situations into narratives that are strongly influenced by the characteristics of the clay and the impressions of the hand. Moa Lönn sees her work as a synthesis between animation and craft in which the material fertilizes the content of the film.
Moa Lönn is based in Stockholm and is a student at Konstfack, the University College of Arts Crafts and Design. The exhibition Stills and Motions was shown at the Odenplan subway station in the summer of 2007.

Illuminations © Gustavsbergs Konsthall

02. 06. 2007—16. 09. 2007

Kristoffer Hoshino • Susanne Larsson • Irene Nordli • Jakob Robertsson • August Sörenson • Kristine Thenman

The exhibition Illuminations, with which the Gustavsberg Gallery opened its doors to the public, shows sculptural ceramics by six craft artists. The title of the exhibition reflects the narrative and illustrative approach of the artists. The exhibitors make use of phenomena and events from their immediate surroundings and present them in a new light. Entirely new dimensions to everyday experiences are presented in their works of art. With the exhibition Illuminations, Gustavsbergs Konsthall is proud to present Kristoffer Hoshino, Susanne Larsson, Irene Nordli, Jakob Robertsson, August Sörenson and Kristine Thenman. The exhibition has been designed by artist Karin Johnson and architect Fredrik Stenberg.

Endless conversation © Linda Karlsson/BUS 2007

02. 06. 2007—16. 09. 2007

Malin Grumstedt • Pernilla Jansson • Linda Karlsson • Pamela Karlsson • Zhou Lu • Yoko Yamano.

Master students from Konstfack, ceramic and glass department, ehibit their final projects.

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