Vesterheim showcases Norwegian ‘Mid-Century Modern’ enamel
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:50 AM
“Mid-Century Modern” is the hot buzzword in today’s retro-design trend.
Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will turn its spotlight on Norway’s contributions to mid-century design in the exhibition, “Scandinavian Modern Design: Norwegian Enamel,” opening Aug. 22. An opening event is Saturday, Aug. 23, from 7-9 p.m., with a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m.
The exhibition is sponsored by Mary Mills Dunea, Isabelle and R.L. Dyck, Becky and Bob Shaw, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support.
This exhibition focuses on Norwegian enamel design and enamel production (technology, innovation and business).
“Artistic and technical innovations in enamel work were Norway’s greatest, though least remembered, contributions to the Scandinavian Modern Design movement of the mid-twentieth century,” Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s chief curator, said.
The exhibition features Grete Prytz Kittelsen, known as the “Queen of Scandinavian Design,” through her work for the firms Tostrup and Cathrineholm. With good design, functional forms, inexpensive materials and efficient manufacturing, especially through her partnership with Cathrineholm, she brought Norwegian enamel design into the forefront in both Scandinavia and the United States.
The exhibition will showcase enamel jewelry, cookware and tableware from Vesterheim’s collection and from individuals.
The guest curator for the exhibition is Kate Martinson, emeritus professor of art at Luther College in Decorah. Exhibition programing will include gallery talks, presentations and receptions.
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