»Magazine 03/2015: The Craft of Storytelling

Editor's introduction by André Gali

New Narratives in Crafts

On 19 November 2015, Norwegian Crafts, the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts and the National Museum in Oslo will hold a seminar on curating. I hope these texts can inspire people who work with exhibition making and be of interest to those of you who will attend the seminar in November. Hopefully we will all gain new perspectives on the ‘narratives’ of crafts exhibitions after reading this issue of Norwegian Crafts Magazine.

To Assert Trends

On March 19, 2016, Tendenser (Trends) will open for the 42nd time. The exhibition series has been showing at the Norwegian institution Gallery F15 in Moss since 1971. With few exceptions, each year the public could visit Gallery F15 to view the works representing development and changes within crafts. Gjertrud Steinsvåg has been chosen as the curator of Tendenser (Trends) 2016 and examines in the Nordic issue of the magazine Kunsthåndverk (issue 3/ 2015) whether the exhibition has a relevant place in the Nordic counciousness. Norwegian Crafts Magazine republish the article in full here. 

A synthetic man in altermodern times

Curator and art critic Nicolas Bourriaud is renowned for introducing the term Relational Aesthetic and the concept of the Alter-modern. One reason for inventing his own terms is that he considers using the prefix ‘post-’ to define tendencies in contemporary art to be lazy and cowardly.

magic language /// game of whispers

For the Nordic Pavilion at Revelations 2015 (Grand Palais, Paris), five curators, over a period of 25 weeks, have chosen five objects each. All the works are now selected, and the exhibition opens on 9 September.

The Poetry of Hybrids

On 17 November 2015, the exhibition The Poetry of Hybrids, featuring works by Gunvor Nervold Antonsen, will open at the Textil Museet in Borås, Sweden. Underlying the exhibition is the fact that Nervold Antonsen is this year’s winner of the prestigious Nordic Award in Textiles – northern Europe’s largest textile prize, awarded by the foundation Fokus Borås. This year the jury has consisted of Eva Schjölberg, winner of the prize in 2003; Ingrid Blekastad, director of Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter; Kirsti Braein, professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts; Lars Elton, art critic; and André Gali, editor of Norwegian Crafts Magazine.

Textile Marquetry

On 5 September2015, Inger Johanne Rasmussen opened a large exhibition in Sven-Harry’s Art Museum in Stockholm. This is her first exhibition in Sweden, and most of the works have been created especially for the show.