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Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour at Nationalmuseum

Press release   •   Sep 30, 2019 10:55 UTC

Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour, Design Museum London. Photo: Luke Hayes.

The exhibition Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour opens at Nationalmuseum in Sweden on October 17th. Internationally renowned star designer, Hella Jongerius displays her many years of artistic research into colour, light and materiality. The exhibition will be open to press Wednesday October 16th.

Art and design are configurations of colour, light, form, shadows, reflections and materiality. The Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour exhibition is ensconced in the borderline between art and design. It presents a visual examination of how colour and light interplay and change during all hours of the day. In forms of paper, textiles, ceramics, metal and plastics, internationally renowned star designer, Hella Jongerius displays her many years of artistic research into colour, light and materiality. As a designer, she often questions the perfunctory views of design manufacturers and the use of colour in the development of products. Jongerius argues that this leads to our missing out on aspects and experiences of the world around us. Her study is deepened in the meeting of the works of art she has chosen from Nationalmuseum’s collections.

After the renovation of Nationalmuseum, the museum exhibits art against coloured walls and integrated so that painting and sculpture meet textiles and ceramics from the same period. The colour schemes in the different rooms is the result of long-standing studies conducted by the museum into how colour, art and design interplay with the goal of giving the objects a context that increases their degree of visual attraction. In presenting Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour to the audience hopefully will lead to increased reflection and discussion about how colour influences us and our experience of the world.

The exhibition is developed in partnership with the Design Museum, London where it was on show during summer 2017. In summer 2018 it was on show at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The exhibition in Stockholm has been made possible by the generous support of Nationalmusei Vänner.

The exhibition Hella Jongerius – Breathing Colour will be presented at Nationalmuseum from October 17, 2019 to February 9, 2020.

Press preview
Media is invited to a press preview of the exhibition on Wednesday 16 October 11 am. Hella Jongerius will be present. RSVP by 14 October to Please note that accreditation is needed to participate.

More information
Hanna Tottmar, Head of press,, +46 (0)8 5195 4400

Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s museum of art and design. The collections comprise older paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphic art, and applied art and design up to the present day. The museum building has currently been renovated and reopened in autumn 2018. Nationalmuseum has partnerships with Svenska Dagbladet, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Wineagency and the Grand Hôtel Stockholm.