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Nordic art at REVELATIONS at Grand Palais, Paris


The Nordic countries are well represented at the international exhibition

REVELATIONS at Grand Palais, Paris

International “Fine craft and Creation Fair” until 13th September 2015.

Visited by Henning Høholt.

Curators and scandinavian  ambassadors at the Scandinavian Pavillion,2, Foto Henning Høholt

Curators and nordic ambassadors at the Scandinavian Pavillion, Foto Henning Høholt

PARIS/FRANCE: In an international atmosphaere in the very beautiful Grand Palais, Paris, which originally was build to the Universal Exhibition in 1901. In this wonderful situation, the Nordic countres, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, has been going together to present a well composed exhibition of  contemporary craft with the idea and name:

magic language///game of whispers

 Primeminister Manuel Valls at the Scandinavian Pavillion, foto Henning Høholt -


Primeminister Manuel Valls at the Nordic Pavillion, foto Henning Høholt –

It is an innovative curatorial concept based on the childre´s game known by many names, including ´telephone arabe`, ´chinese whispers`and ´the messenger game´, where a person whispers a message to the next, passing the message through a line of people until the last person announces the message to the entire group. Curator Marianne Zamecznik developed this method for selecting contemporary crafts from across the Nordic region.

magic language///game of whispers not only draw upon a forgotten way of creating new meaning, but is also a way to engage five curators, institutions, and countries in the process of exhibition-making.

The game of whispers itself becomes a tool to generate texts, images, reflection, dialogue and engagement. Instead of having one curator travelling from place to place to select works – the object themselves travel and “select” their counterparts with the help of the curator-as-translator, says Zamecznik about her curatorial method.

Bali by Kjersti Lande (Norway), foto Henning Høholt

Bali by Kjersti Lande (Norway), foto Henning Høholt

Five Nordic craft associations have carefully selected their national curator for the “game”. They were asked to respond to an introductory statement by Zamecznik and selct objects from images and a statement about the previous object. The process continues in a sort of relay race, where one curator after another selects a work to be included in the exhibition.

The curators are Katrine Borup (Denmark), Anna Leoniak (Iceland), Katarina Siltavuori (Finland), Marianne Zamecznik (Norway), Agnieszka Knap (Sweden). (Text from the introduction in the exhibition brochure to magic language///game of whispers).

Black Cloud by Camilla Luihn, Norway, foto Henning Høholt

Black Cloud by Camilla Luihn, Norway, foto Henning Høholt

The Nordic Network of Crafts Association – NNCA was founded in 2010. The member organisations are: Danske Kunsthåndværkere og designere, HANDVERK & HÔNNUN, Konsthantverkscentrum, KIF Norske Kunsthåndverkere and ORNAMO.

Whispering by Ingrid Becker (Norway), foto Henning Høholt

Whispering by Ingrid Becker (Norway), foto Henning Høholt

Dialog by Studio Hanna Whitehead (Iceland) foto Henning Høholt

Dialog by Studio Hanna Whitehead (Iceland) foto Henning Høholt

The The Nordic Pavillion is centrally well placed in the exhibition, and gained a lot of interests from the many visitors, inclusive a visit by the french primeminister Manuel Valls, who was hosted by Nordic ambassadors and the leading curator Marianne Zamecznik.

The Nordic exhibition shows many ways af handcraft, in all its versions, and with all the phantasy that the artists are having in their ideas and in their minds. In this way, the presentation is very representative for Nordic contemporary craft

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. Furthermore I see it as very importent that the Nordic countries are presenting it self in such a good and positive way internationally.

Flora Oblitus by Pernille Mouritzen, Denmark. Foto Henning Høholt

Flora Oblitus by Pernille Mouritzen, Denmark. Foto Henning Høholt

Please enjoy our photos from the Nordic Pavillion, all photos Henning Høholt.

 The designers present were: 

Kjersti Lande, Norway, 

Inger Andersson, Sweden,

Deepa Panchamia, Finland,

Marianne Nielsen, Denmark,

OrriFinn Jewels, Iceland,

Pernille Mouritzen, Denmark,

Camilla Luihn, Norway,

Helga Ósk Einarsdottir, Iceland, 

Maria Nuutinen, Finland,

Scarab by Orrifinn Jewels (Iceland) foto Henning Høholt.

Scarab by Orrifinn Jewels (Iceland) foto Henning Høholt.

MAki Okamoto, Sweden,

Studio Hiutagerdin, Iceland,

Lea Mi Engholm, Denmark,

Saana Murtti, Finland,

Hanne Friis, Norway,

Miro Sazdic, Sweden, Sonja Löfgren, Finland,

Janne Krogh Hansen, Denmark,

Mia E. Göransson, Sweden, 

Günzler.Polmar, Victoria Günzler,  Sara Wright Polmar, Norway,

Hanne Whitehead, Iceland,

Meditation #1 by Lea Mia Engholm (Denmark), foto Henning Høholt

Meditation #1 by Lea Mia Engholm (Denmark), foto Henning Høholt

Beatrice Brovia, Sweden,

Trine Trier, Denmark,

Thorunn Arnadottir, Iceland,

Nathalie Lahdenmäki, Finland,

Ingrid Becker, Norway,

 

GRAND PALAIS, Paris
. History:

The “Great Palace of Fine Arts” in Paris was built in 1897 for the Universal Exhibition scheduled from April 15 to 12 November 1901, in lieu of large but uncomfortable Palace of Industry 1855. “Monument dedicated by the Republic to the glory of French art “, as indicated by the pediment of the west wing (Palais d’Antin), its original purpose is to accommodate large official art events in the capital.

Grand Palais, Paris, foto Henning Høholt

Grand Palais, Paris, foto Henning Høholt

By decree of June 12, 1975, it is classified as historical monuments. A new decree of November 6, 2000, protects the Grand Palais in its entirety.

– (From Wikipedia).

Secrets (blue) by Hanne Friis (Norway), Foto Henning Høholt

Secrets (blue) by Hanne Friis (Norway), Foto Henning Høholt