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​The human body in focus at Nationalmuseum Design

Press release   •   Jul 01, 2016 12:10 UTC

Ammy Olofsson, Growing Computers, Connecting Bodies, Cutting the Cord, 2016. Annika Liljedahl, Circulatory Space–Bloodstream–Growth, 2010.

This autumn, Nationalmuseum Design presents Embodied, an exhibition of works that challenge the conventional notion of craft. The exhibiting artists share an interest in the corporeal, often related to social issues such as identity, body image, objectification, and power structures. These works exist at the interface of outer and inner, of skin and organs.

This autumn’s exhibition at Nationalmuseum Design straddles the border between art and craft, challenging conventional ideas of what constitutes fine craft. The 12 participating artists have a common interest in the human body and the corporeal. The exhibition includes works that embrace the latest interactive, innovative lighting technology that has to be activated by physical touch. Other works are inspired by biohacking and highlight the idea of transhumanism, of the person and the body as an ongoing process in which the person can evolve and change through technology.

The exhibition interacts with visitors in a playful way. The mighty organ speaks to us through pipes shaped like the human throat and plays according to where we place our feet. Other works highlight contemporary issues that touch a nerve: How women perceive being objectified, and feminist resistance strategies. How mental pain is shaped into physical objects that express frustration and trapped emotions. How cancer treatment gives rise to touching works. These are works at the interface of outer and inner, of skin and organs.

Chronologically, the artists range from Annika Liljedahl, who attended Konstfack in the 1960s, to Ammy Olofsson, who graduated from the same school this May, and Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson, currently a master’s student at HDK in Gothenburg.

Participating artists
Ammy Olofsson
Annika Liljedahl
Christian-Pontus Andersson
Daniela Hedman
Emma Linde
Jens Peterson-Berger and Olov Ylinenpää
Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson
Malin Bobeck
Matilda Kästel
Märit Runsten
Per B. Sundberg

Embodied. Ongoing craft at the fringe will be on show at Nationalmuseum Design, located inside Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, from 2 September 2016 to 15 January 2017.

Press contact
Hanna Tottmar, Press Officer,, +46 767 234632

Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s premier 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 is currently under renovation and scheduled to open again in 2018. In the meantime, the museum will continue its activities through collaborations both in Sweden and abroad as well as temporary exhibitions at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Fredsgatan 12 and Nationalmuseum Design at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm. Nationalmuseum has partnerships with Svenska Dagbladet and the Grand Hôtel Stockholm, and acknowledges the support of FCB Fältman & Malmén.