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A museum collection's 125th anniversary

In 2018 we are celebrating the 125th jubilee of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Trondheim (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum) with a quasquicentennial exhibition named “125 objects, choices, stories”. The exhibition shows the museum’s collection in a new and perhaps surprising manner, since the objects on display are not chosen by the museum staff, but by 125 people outside the institution. 

We have invited physicians, immigrants, children, carpenters, students, musicians, politicians and artists to pick their personal favorite from the collection. These 125 choices not only represent the things in themselves, but 125 new pairs of eyes and 125 new stories about the collection’s place in society. Through these contributions, we gain an insight into what the objects do to people.

A catalogue with texts, written by the 125 co-curators, will accompany the exhibition. These texts deal with art and the culture of objects, but just as much about people. The texts are generous and humorous, deep and sparkling. All the new stories meditate over the endless potentials of the collection. Thanks to the selected objects, we also get to see what the public is interested in, and the type of exhibitions we should be planning for the next 125 years.

The exhibition will be shown from the 26th of April until the 28th of August 2018. 

What would YOU have picked out from the collection? Give us your choice and story here!

  • Ettore Sottsass, Carlton (NK403-1984)
    "I remember as a child stopping time and time again to wonder what this crooked bookshelf was actually good for" - Jan Ulrik Opstad Sinding, museum child and physician. Ettore Sottsass, "Carlton", wood and plastic laminate (1981), Italy. Foto: Freia Beer / Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (NK403-1984)
  • Drage med vinger, utført i tre.
    "I chose this wooden dragon because I like woodwork and I want to find out more about it. I think it’s nice" - Ola Selfjord Langørgen, 11 years old. Ingebrigt Foss, "Dragon", wood (ca. 1875), Norway. Foto: Freia Beer / Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (NK29-1899)
  • Britta Erixon, "Ørlandet I" (NK085-1985)
    "The work of Britta Erixon’s from Ørland caught my attention on one of my very first visits (I visit the museum at least once a year in connection with my job)" - Sigmund Hov, fire engineer. Britta Erixon, "Ørlandet 1", wool (1985), Sweden. Foto: Freia Beer / Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (NK85-1985)
  • Tekopp med tilhørende fat, utført i porselen, dekorert med kantblomster
    "The cup makes me feel happy and interconnected with nature. It shows how well form and function of flowers are co-developed with pollinating insects" - Vibekke Vange, botanist. "Cup with saucer", porcelain (ca. 1900), Japan. Foto: Freia Beer / Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (NK05-1902)