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Young Applied Artists 2016 ceremony on 14 November

Press release   •   Nov 02, 2016 06:45 UTC

Märta Mattsson, photo: Emma Fredriksson. Wings, photo: Märta Mattsson.

Jewellery artist Märta Mattsson gets the Young Applied Artists award for her imaginative work taking diverse historical traditions in art jewellery to new dimensions. The award of SEK 100,000 from the Bengt Julin Fund, administered by the Friends of Nationalmuseum, is given out biennially. The ceremony will take place on 14 November at Nationalmuseum Design. 

Märta Mattsson was born in Stockholm in 1982 and studied silversmithing and jewellery design at the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) in Gothenburg and the Royal College of Art in London. Examples of her work can be found in various museums and galleries, including Nationalmuseum, Röhsska museet in Gothenburg, Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Germany, and the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. Since 2007, her jewellery has featured in many group and solo exhibitions around the world. This year alone, her exhibition schedule included Open Space–Mind Maps at Nationalmuseum Design, an art jewellery exhibition at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Not Too Precious at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, Ireland, and The Jeweller’s Art at Läckö Castle as well as the solo exhibitions titled Deadly Beautiful at Thielska Galleriet in Stockholm and Death Occupies the Space Between Us, at Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

“I see the beauty in what others might consider repellent, disgusting even. It’s human nature to be drawn to things we can’t comprehend and things we find rather unpleasant. In my jewellery, I probe this strange sense of attraction and make it accessible to others. I share my curiosity and enable others to see beauty in something not considered beautiful. I transform dead animals and insects into jewellery pieces, giving them new life and a new purpose,” explains Mattsson.

Citation of the jury
“For imaginative work taking diverse historical traditions in art jewellery to new dimensions. Fascinated by the wonders of nature, Märta Mattsson gives new life to something that would otherwise moulder away. Her pieces skillfully hover between seduction and a creeping sense of unease.”

2016 jury members
Rolf Julin, Bengt Julins Fond; Elsebeth Welander-Berggren (chair), Sven-Harrys konstmuseum; Micael Ernstell, Nationalmuseum; Love Jönsson, Röhsska museet; Cilla Robach, Beckmans Designhögskola; Kerstin Wickman, design historian and writer.

The Young Applied Artists award was founded by Bengt Julin in 2001. Its purpose is to recognize the work of emerging applied artists under the age of 35 working primarily in Sweden. The award of SEK 100,000 is given out biennially by the board of the Bengt Julin Fund, on the advice of an appointed jury. Past recipients include Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson (2014), Simon Klenell (2012), Karl Magnus Nilsson (2010), Helena Hörstedt (2008) and Christian-Pontus Andersson (2006).

The ceremony will take place on 14 November at Nationalmuseum Design in Stockholm. To mark the occasion, a selection of works by Märta Mattsson will be on show in the Project Container at Nationalmuseum Design from 11 November 2016 to 22 January 2017. Read more about The Young Applied Artists award in last year’s edition of the Art Bulletin.

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 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.